My mother is not much of a foodie. If she had her way, she would eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day for lunch followed by pasta with chicken and artichoke hearts for dinner. However, since her daughter is a food journalist, she humors me. When I asked her what her ideal dessert (with strawberries) was, she replied, "I would love a strawberry and chocolate tart." Thus, I had to make her a strawberry and chocolate tart. I'm happy I did because everyone at our Mother's Day celebration loved this dessert! It's a simple tart with a walnut crust, chocolate ganache filling, and fresh strawberry topping. Be sure to allow plenty of time for the ganache to set; I didn't, and the tart ended up being a little soupy. The rich flavor was spot-on, though! This recipe is versatile; you can basically top the ganache with whatever fruit you want. Learn the easy and scrumptious method now.
Crust Serves 8-10.
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup walnuts (about 1 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup (generous) strawberry jam
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream
6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 1-pint baskets strawberries, hulled, halved