Sinless chocolate tart

Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Sinless chocolate tart
A chocolate tart, with less the fat and calories than usual. That can’t be anything but good.

For the pastry

140g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

50g butter, cut into pieces

2 tsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp icing sugar

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

1 medium egg yolk

For the filling

100g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, very finely chopped

1 tbsp cocoa powder, plus extra ½ tsp for sifting

¾ tsp coffee granules

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk

2 medium egg whites

2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar

85g half fat crème fraiche

To decorate, cocoa powder

Grease and line a deep, loose bottomed tart tin.

Tip the flour into a mixing bowl along with the butter and rub into the flour using your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Sift in the cocoa powder and icing sugar then, using a round bladed knife, stir in the oil, egg yolk and 1½-2 tablespoons of cold water, until the dough comes together.

Gather into a ball, then roll out on a lightly floured surface.

Ease the pastry into the tin, leaving a slight overhang.

Lightly prick the base with a fork, then chill for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190°C / 375°F / Gas mark 5.

Line the pastry with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans.

Blind bake for 15 minutes.

arefully lift out the paper and the beans.

Bake the pastry for another 10 minutes.

Remove and carefully trim off the overhanging pastry with a sharp knife, then leave to cool completely.

For the filling, put the chocolate in a large bowl that will fit over a pan of simmering water without touching it.

Mix in the cocoa, coffee granules and vanilla with the milk.

Stir until everything has melted then immediately remove the pan from the heat.

Add in 2 tablespoons of boiling water which will make the milk mixture thinner.

Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, then whisk in the sugar until it looks glossy.

Fold in the crème fraiche into the cooled chocolate.

Then, using a large metal spoon, fold one-third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture then gently fold in the remaining whites, a third at a time, until evenly mixed in.

Remove the pastry case from the tin and place on a serving plate.

Spoon the filling into the case and level.

Chill for 3 hours, or overnight, before serving.

Serve with a sifting of cocoa powder.


Preparation Time
35 minutes

Cooking Time
35 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Chocolate, Eggs, Sugar, Oil

Recipe Type
Cakes & Baking, Dessert

Level of Difficulty
Moderately Easy

Please note, pregnant women, the elderly and babies should avoid eating raw or partially cooked eggs.

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