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Weekend Recipe: White chocolate & cardamon tart with raspberries:

Try this stunning white chocolate dessert to finish off a special weekend meal.
By Motherpedia
Date: February 15 2015
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This is an impressive dessert - lovingly prepared - for Valentine's Day, whether you're sharing it with just one special person or enjoying a family meal.

It's also a good weekend recipe because it takes a bit of time and effort to plan and prepare - but it's well and truly worth it.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

15 cardamon pods

300ml pot double cream (plus a little more)

375g sweet shortcrust pastry

200t white chocolate

1 large egg at room temperature

3 tablespoons golden caster sugar

2 tablespoons frozen raspberries

1 punnet of fresh raspberries

Method

1.  Crack the cardamom pods open by squashing them gently using a pestle and mortar, or with the end of a rolling pin. Put the cream and cracked cardamom pods in a pan, heat gently, bubbling for 1-2 mins, then set aside to infuse for at least 2 hours or, if you have time, cool then chill overnight.

2.  Roll out the pastry to the thickness of a $2 coin, then use to line a 23cm loose-bottom, fluted tart tin. Snip off most of the excess pastry with a pair of scissors, leaving about 2cm overhanging. Chill for 30 minutes

3.  Heat oven to 200C fan/Gas 6 and place a baking sheet on the middle shelf. Remove the tart case from the fridge, line with baking parchment or foil, and fill with baking beans. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, then remove the parchment or foil and beans, and return the case to the oven for a further 10 minutes until cooked through and starting to turn golden around the edges.

4.  Remove from the oven and, while the pastry is still warm, use a serrated knife to slice off the excess pastry. Set aside to cool a little while you prepare the filling.

5.  Reduce oven to 140C/gas1.

6.  Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Whisk the egg and sugar in another bowl. Measure the cardamom-infused cream and top back up to 300ml with a splash of extra cream. Pour back into the pan and warm through on the hob until just steaming, but not boiling, then strain onto the chopped chocolate, discarding the cardamom pods.

7.  Leave to stand for a few minutes, then stir until smooth and glossy. Add the warm chocolate cream to the egg, whisking as you go, until combined. Pour into the tart case, then carefully slide into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes until just set (the filling should still have a wobble), then remove and chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

8.  Place the frozen raspberries in a mortar, and crush with a pestle to a dusty texture. To serve, scatter the raspberry dust over the tart. Serve in slices with fresh raspberries on top and a cream on the side.

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