Bittersweet Chocolate Tart With Coffee Mascarpone Cream

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins




  • MAKE THE TART SHELL: In a food processor, pulse the flour with the confectioners' sugar and salt.
  • Add the butter and egg yolk and process until a soft, crumbly dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough to a 9 1/2-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.
  • Pat the dough over the bottom and up the side of the pan in an even layer.
  • Refrigerate until firm.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F; line the tart shell with parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans.
  • Bake the shell for 30 minutes, or until golden around the edge and dry in the center.
  • Remove the parchment and weights and cover the rim with foil. Continue to bake the shell for 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a rack; let cool.
  • MAKE THE FILLING: In a small saucepan, heat the cream with the milk over moderate heat until small bubbles appear around the edges.
  • Off the heat, add the chocolate and let stand for 1 minute, then whisk until smooth.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk in the egg; the mixture will thicken slightly.
  • Set the tart shell on a baking sheet and fill it with the chocolate custard.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until set around the edges, but still very jiggly in the center.
  • Transfer the tart to a rack to cool, then refrigerate until chilled.
  • MAKE THE TOPPING: In a very small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the coffee extract and cook over low heat just until the gelatin melts; let cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream, mascarpone and sugar with an electric mixer until firm peaks form.
  • At low speed, scrape the gelatin into the bowl and beat to combine.
  • Dollop the cream onto the tart and swirl decoratively.
  • Sift the cocoa over the cream.
  • Refrigerate the tart until firm before serving.
  • NOTES If coffee extract is unavailable dissolve 1 1/2 teaspoons of espresso powder in 1 1/2 teaspoons of water.