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Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Watch our crafty Chef Barbara make adorable heart-shaped chocolate covered pretzels in our newest video!

If you’re having a party or guests anytime soon, then you’re going to love this recipe. Our easy to make yet deliciously indulgent Chocolate Dipped Cookie Spread Pretzels are perfect finger food. And with a variety of cookie spreads available and choices of white and dark chocolate for dipping, you can easily cater to any taste!

How do you make these miracle snacks? We’re glad you asked! Set some small pretzels on a cookie sheet. Fill the holes with the Amoretti Cookie Spread of your choice. We have flavors such as biscotti, chocolate and peppermint, cookies and cream, gingerbread, graham cracker, and more, so you can really get creative! Freeze these pretzels for at least three hours. Then temper white or dark chocolate and dip the frozen, filled pretzels in it. Set them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Let the dipped pretzels set for about an hour in a cool place. And you’re all finished!
So throw some of these yummy pretzel treats together and watch them disappear!

Ingredients

Directions

    1. Place small pretzels on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
    2. Fill the holes with Amoretti Cookie Spread.
    3. Freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.
    4. Temper white or dark chocolate and dip the frozen, filled pretzels and set on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
    5. Let chocolate pretzels set for an hour in a cool place.

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Chocolates and hazelnuts never looked so good!

We love chocolate. It makes a delicious standalone treat but it also goes well with or in any dish you can imagine. And when we combine chocolate and hazelnut, magic happens!
This chocolate hazelnut tart offers a perfect balance of creamy chocolate filling and crunchy toasted hazelnuts. It also uses both bittersweet chocolate for the filling and milk chocolate for the topping, so you’re really covering all the bases with this delicious treat.

Enjoy it with a steaming cup of coffee as an afternoon snack or bring it to a dinner party to knock the socks off your friends. It takes a bit of planning and effort, but it’s truly worth it when it all comes together! Make sure you save this recipe and give it a try then next time you’re feeling an itch for some chocolate.

Ingredients

Directions

    1. Begin by making the topping first, as it should rest in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight before whipping.
    2. TOPPING: Heat cream to almost boiling and pour over the chopped milk chocolate and Amoretti Hazelnut Praline.
    3. Let sit for 3-4 minutes before whisking to combine.
    4. Cover and chill for minimum 4 hours or overnight.
    5. CRUST: Place hazelnuts on a sheet pan and bake/roast in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Place toasted nuts onto a towel and rub back and forth to remove as much of the skins as possible.
    6. For nuts to be used in crust, separate 2 T and chop or pulse in a food processor until finely chopped. For nuts to be used as topping, chop roughly.
    7. Combine Amoretti Hazelnut Flour, AP flour, sugar, salt and fresh hazelnuts in a mixer with paddle.
    8. Add egg and Amoretti Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Ext. and mix briefly to combine.
    9. Add cold, cubed butter and mix until a dough is formed.
    10. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
    11. Filling: Heat cream and sugar to almost boiling.
    12. Pour over the chopped bittersweet chocolate and Amoretti Hazelnut Praline.
    13. Let sit for 3-4 minutes so chocolate can melt.
    14. Whisk to combine thoroughly.
    15. Cover and set aside.
    16. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment dusted with flour.
    17. This dough is very sticky and will soften quickly, so the colder it is the easier it is to work with.
    18. Roll out to fit whatever tart shell you have.
    19. Lightly spray bottom and sides of tart shell.
    20. Place dough into tart shell, pressing sides and bottom to an even thickness. Chill 10 minutes in freezer.
    21. Place a piece parchment paper into the tart shell and pour in pie weights (or beans or rice) and bake in a 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes.
    22. Remove parchment and pie weights and return shell to oven for another 10-15 minutes.
    23. Let cool.
    24. Pour filling into tart shell and smooth top.
    25. Chill for 1 ½ hours.
    26. Stir topping before pouring into mixer, then whip to soft peak. This will whip up quickly, so keep an eye on it so you don’t over-whip it.
    27. Remove tart from refrigerator and using a tip cover the top sides of the tart.
    28. Drizzle toasted, finely chopped hazelnuts down the center of the tart.

      • Cut the chocolate into small pieces. This will make it easier to melt into the cream.
      • Make the topping first. Preferably, make it the day before so it has time to sit in the refrigerator overnight.
      • It’s easier to work with the dough when it’s cold.
      • If you don’t have pie weights, use dried beans or rice.