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Chocolate Walnut Tart

Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams
Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
A riff on the classic pecan pie, this dessert is rich, chocolaty, and a little fancier with its freestanding fluted sides. Of course, you can use a 9-inch pie plate if you don't have a tart pan with a removable bottom.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 292
  • fat 18.3 g
  • satfat 5.9 g
  • monofat 5.1 g
  • polyfat 6.2 g
  • protein 4.2 g
  • carbohydrate 32.3 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 60 mg
  • iron 0.9 mg
  • sodium 165 mg
  • calcium 24 mg

How to Make It

  1. Arrange 1 rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine brown sugar, flour, and salt in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in corn syrup, and bring mixture to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add butter and chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature; stir in walnuts, vanilla, and eggs.

  3. Fit pie dough into a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray, pressing dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.

  4. Spoon walnut mixture into prepared crust. Bake on bottom oven rack at 350° for 33 minutes or until set. Cool for 20 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides of tart pan; slide tart onto a serving platter. Cut into wedges.