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Some of Martha’s favorite chocolate desserts have something in common: they’re made with ganache. In this lesson, learn how this two-ingredient wonder can be incorporated into three remarkable desserts, including a rich dark chocolate filling for an almond-based tart shell, and a sinfully delicious chocolate ganache frosting for a fudgy devil’s food cake. And, for the kid in us all, who can resist milk chocolate pudding cupcakes?
This Week’s Recipe
Chocolate Ganache Tart
Martha Stewart's chocolate ganache tart recipe appears in the Chocolate Ganache episode of Martha Bakes.
- 3 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/4 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Lightly sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make dough: In a food processor, pulse almonds until finely ground. Add sugar, flour, and salt; pulse until combined. Add butter, pulsing until coarse crumbs form with no large butter lumps (dough should clump together when pinched with fingers).
- Immediately transfer dough to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using a measuring cup, evenly press dough into the bottom and up the sides of pan.
- Bake in center of oven until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Make ganache: Place chocolate in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour hot cream, through a sieve, over chocolate. Stir until smooth and creamy in texture. Mix in vanilla.
- Pour chocolate mixture into center of cooled tart shell (if chocolate is lumpy, pass through a sieve). Let stand until set, about 2 hours, or refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
Yield: 10 servings
Additional recipes and video clips from the episode are available on MarthaStewart.com: