Rich chocolate tart with salt flakes

Rich chocolate tart with salt flakes


  • 300 ml double cream
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • A pinch of fine sea salt
  • 50 g unsalted butter , softened
  • 200 g 70% cocoa cook’s chocolate , broken into small pieces
  • 50 ml whole milk
  • 375 g ready-made shortcrust pastry
  • Sea salt flakes and creme fraīche or ice cream , to serve


You can make the pastry for this, if you like, but ready-made is easier.
This salted chocolate tart is so easy to knock up but the addition of salt magically brings out the sweetness.

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4. Roll out the pastry and use it to line a 23cm greased tart tin. Cover with baking paper, fill with dried beans and bake blind for 10-15 minutes, remove beans and bake again for 15 minutes until golden.

Put the cream, sugar and salt in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove as soon as the mixture boils up. Off the heat, add the butter and chocolate. Stir until blended.

Take a couple of minutes for a breather, then stir in the milk. Keep stirring till shiny. Pour into the tart shell and leave at room temperature for 2 hours to set.

Sprinkle salt flakes lightly all over, then serve with creme fraīche or ice cream


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