Bittersweet Chocolate Tart

This recipe is from the famous chef Alain Ducasse and I found it on Food and Wine It is a little time consuming but can be done in steps so don’t let this recipe intimidate you! The tart shell is a little fragile but it is forgiving when you put it into the pan. It is a showstopper dessert and easily will feed 12 people.
Bittersweet Choc Tart
All-purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons almond flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon unflavored powdered gelatin
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
MAKE THE TART SHELL: In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle, blend 1 cup of all-purpose flour with the butter, sugar, cocoa, almond flour and salt at medium speed. Mix in the egg just until a soft dough forms. Scrape the dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap and lay another large sheet of plastic wrap on top. Roll out the dough between the plastic wrap to a 12-inch round. Transfer the round to a baking sheet and freeze until firm, 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325°.
Peel off the top sheet of plastic and invert the dough onto a 10-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Remove the remaining sheet of plastic and gently press the dough into the pan. Trim the dough flush with the rim. Freeze until firm, 10 minutes.
Line the tart shell with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or beans. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, until the tart shell is nearly cooked through. Remove the parchment and weights and bake until the shell is cooked through, about 20 minutes longer. Transfer to a rack and let cool. Lower the oven temperature to 250°.
MAKE THE FILLING: In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and let stand until melted, 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the egg yolk, then whisk in 1/2 cup of the chocolate cream. Thoroughly whisk this custard into the chocolate cream in the saucepan. Pour the filling into the tart shell and bake until set around the rim but still slightly jiggly in the center, 30 minutes. Let the tart cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then refrigerate until chilled, 2 hours.
MAKE THE GLAZE: In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the milk and let stand 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, whisk the cream, sugar and cocoa over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Scrape the gelatin into the cocoa mixture, add the milk chocolate and whisk until melted. Pour the glaze over the tart and spread it in an even layer using an offset spatula. Refrigerate the tart until the glaze is firm, 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.

Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Cookies


From the NY Times. A very easy and fast recipe that yields 60 cookies. I used Maldon sea salt and raw cane sugar to sprinkle on the cookies before they are baked-I love this addition to the cookies. I cooked the cookies the full 15 minutes and used my convection oven as well. They are delicious and melt in your mouth!
Lots of peanut butter cookies
1 cup/228 grams/2 sticks unsalted butter, preferably cultured, softened at room temperature
¾ cup/150 grams granulated sugar
¾ cup (packed)/170 grams light brown sugar
1 heaping teaspoon/6 grams kosher salt
2 cups/510 grams unsweetened peanut butter, creamy or chunky
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 cups/250 grams all-purpose flour
Flaky sea salt and coarse sugar for sprinkling (or use kosher salt and granulated sugar)

Heat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick liners. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy, at least 3 minutes. Add the peanut butter and eggs, and mix. Add the flour and salt and mix just until well combined, with no white flour showing.
Using a small cookie scoop (about 2 teaspoons capacity), scoop dough onto prepared pans. The tops will be rounded but craggy. The cookies will not spread much or change shape when they bake, so they can be placed quite close together, but leave room for air circulation so they can brown.
In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons sugar with 1 tablespoon salt. Sprinkle each cookie lightly with sugar-salt mixture, getting it into the crags and crannies. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until cookies are set and golden-brown. Carefully lift or slide off baking sheets and cool on racks. Store in layers separated by parchment paper, in airtight containers.