Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Nutella Tart

Happy Nutella Day!

I have to say that Nutella has got to be the tastiest, awesomest thing you can spread on a slice of bread. Not only is it good on bread, I spread Nutella on bananas, add it to a cup of hot chocolate and best of all, straight from the jar with a spoon. I have fond childhood memories of spending my pocket money  on small packs of Nutella and using the plastic stick provided to scoop out all that deliciousness. 

This tart by Pierre Herme doesn't scream NUTELLA but nonetheless it's still a pretty damn good tart. The Nutella is sandwiched between a sweet tart pastry base and a chocolaty ganache-like layer, dotted with toasted hazelnuts. It's really easy to make if you've prepared the base beforehand. If you ain't too keen on making the tart base, you can always get ready made ones from the supermarket and just follow the recipe below. For those who want the full Pierre Herme experience, I have provided a link to his sweet tart dough recipe as well. 

For the sweet tart pastry recipe, click here!

Pierre Herme's Nutella Tart from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme
Makes 1 9-inch tart

Ingredients

200 g Nutella
140 g bittersweet chocolate (Herme' uses Valhorna Noir Gastronomie)
200 g butter
1 large egg, room temperature, stirred with a fork
3 large egg yolks, room temperature, stirred with a fork
2 Tbsp sugar
140 g Hazelnuts

Instructions

Toast the hazelnuts 10 minutes in a 180C hot oven. Remove as much skin as possible by rubbing the hazelnuts inside a kitchen towel. Chop coarsely.

Heat oven to 190C

Melt chocolate and butter separately. Allow to cool till 40C

Spread the Nutella at the bottom of the tart shell

Mix the egg into the (cooled down) chocolate. Do this gently to avoid incorporating air. Add yolks, little by little, then the sugar. Finally, fold in the melted butter, always stirring gently. This will take a little time. Pour on top of the Nutella and sprinkle with the toasted hazelnuts.

Bake for about 11 minutes. The sides of the filling should be set but the middle still slightly wobbly if shaken.


How do you pronounce Nutella? New-tella or Nut-tella?