Maggie Beer

Bittersweet Chocolate and Apricot Jam Tart with Creme Fraiche

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Step 1: Grease a 3cm deep, 24cm removable-base flan tin.

Step 2: Ease pastry into tin, press gently into the side. Leave about 2mm of pastry above the tin, which will allow for any shrinkage of the pastry while cooking. Trim off the excess pastry. Place tin on an oven tray.

Step 3: Place the flan tin into the fridge for 15 minutes to allow the pastry to become completely chilled.

Step 4: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220C (200C fan-forced).

Step 5: Remove the pastry from the fridge and line with baking paper and then fill with blind baking pastry weights, or rice or dried beans.

Step 6: Bake pastry for 15 minutes, then remove the baking weights and baking paper and continue to cook the pastry for another 10 minutes or until the pastry is completely cooked through.

Step 7: Remove the tart shell from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

Step 8: Meanwhile, place the cream into a heavy-based medium saucepan and place over a medium-high heat. Bring just to simmering point then remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate in a heatproof medium bowl. Allow this to sit for a couple of minutes then gently stir together until completely smooth; set aside for 20 minutes to cool.

Step 9: Dot the apricot jam over the base of the chocolate tart shell and then gently pour over the chocolate mixture.

Step 10: Set aside for at least 4 hrs to allow the chocolate to set, if it is a warm day you can place the tart into the fridge for 1 hour to allow the tart to set.

Step 11: Remove from the flan tin and cut into wedges and serve with crème fraiche.

Maggie’s tip: Carême pastry, based in the Barossa Valley of South Australia, is available frozen from some delis and gourmet food stores. For stockists, see

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