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Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart

“When you select the right kind of chocolate it is like giving your insides a hug. Everyone needs a chocolate hug”
Jean Kelsey

Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart for times when you need a little more chocolate in your life. I know I just shared a chocolate cheesecake a few days ago, yet while doing that, I remembered this tart. How could I not have shared this too? So much chocolate, so little time!! This is a particular favourite since it has two things that I use most while baking. Yes indeed, oats and walnuts! Add to it brown sugar and ghee/clarified butter, and magic is guaranteed!Oat & Walnut Cookie Pies with Dark Chocolate GanacheOat & Walnut Cookie Pies with Dark Chocolate Ganache It’s another simple fuss free recipe but delivers a sinful punch. I use a cookie dough for the biscuit base. Feel free to bake mini pies like those above, or cookies as below, with the dough instead if you like, maybe top them with a ganache. I really enjoyed making the Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart.Oat & Walnut Cookies I love that recipes are so easily interchangeable, such fun to play around with, It’s not a lot to do actually because the biscuit base/cookie dough is a two step procedure, basically from the jar of one food processor into the bowl of the stand mixer. I use the basic recipe quite often.

Lime Curd, Homemade, ThermomixIt works well each time. This Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart is testimony. The same cookie dough biscuit base again, topped in a spoon licking good mascarpone & lime curd topping! Hopefully I’ve got you convinced to give the Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart a try. If not this one, then maybe do a variation on it!

Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart
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Dark, divine, delicious is how this tart turned out to be topped with dark chocolate ganache! A healthy biscuit base makes the Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart even better. You can make cookies with the same dough, as also use different fillings to top the tart.
Servings Prep Time
2 tarts {7" each} 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 tarts {7" each} 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-3 hours
Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart
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Dark, divine, delicious is how this tart turned out to be topped with dark chocolate ganache! A healthy biscuit base makes the Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart even better. You can make cookies with the same dough, as also use different fillings to top the tart.
Servings Prep Time
2 tarts {7" each} 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 tarts {7" each} 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-3 hours
Ingredients
Oat Walnut Cookie Base
Dark Chocolate Filling
Servings: tarts {7" each}
Instructions
Oat Walnut Cookie Base
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Place oats, walnut halves, brown sugar and baking soda in jar of chopper. Blend in short bursts until you get a uniform brown sugar like consistency, just until it feels like moist breadcrumbs.
  3. Don't overwork the blender or the walnuts will release oil.
  4. Transfer to bowl of stand mixer, flat mixer attachment, add the clarified butter/ghee, egg and vanilla extract and mix at speed 4 until it comes together like cookie dough.
  5. Line the base of the tart tins with parchment paper. Divide the cookie dough between the two. Work up t the edges, and then flatten the base.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, then cool completely on cookie rack.
Dark Chocolate Filling
  1. Warm the chocolate with the cream in the microwave, agitate it with a balloon whisk, added a splash of milk, agitate it a bit more. {Agitate means to whisk briskly until smooth & glossy}
  2. Once it chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes turned it into the baked shell, and let it set for about 2-3 hours.
  3. Top with dark chocolate shavings and dust with cocoa before serving.
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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake“Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real.”
Ned Vizzini

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake … life’s guilty pleasures simply served up, or life’s simple pleasures maybe with a little guilt. Whichever way you choose to look at it, this recipe is a winner. The recipe isn’t mine. It’s a recipe created by the super talented Ruchira @ Cookaroo, on the go as she said. She did make everything sound so simple, so matter of fact, that of course I didn’t believe her!

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeThat changed very soon. In fact as soon as I put in the cheesecake to bake, I realised that it was really very S I M P L E. Absolutely fuss free. I changed a few minor things. The base for one as hers has Oreos and I prefer Digestives. No big deal there. Both packaged cookies so no work at all. I threw in some cocoa to make mine a chocolate base. Barely any other change other than using brown sugar for white!

Chocolate on vintage weighing scaleThe other guilty indulgence I added was topping the chilled cheesecake with a dark chocolate ganache as we had folk over for dinner. I wanted it to look special. the ganache and the dusting of cocoa gave it the ‘bells & whistles‘, and some more yumminess of course.

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeThe beautiful thing about the Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, other than the ease of putting it together of course, is that you can bake it a couple of days before you need to serve it. Keep it covered in the fridge in the tin for a day or two. Demold it the day you intend to serve it, top with ganache and you’re good to go. Do remember to thank the Cookaroo if you make this. I’ve thanked her, and so has a reader of my blog, Tania Fothergill, from Tasmania who I shared the recipe with over 3 weeks week ago. It was Tania’s birthday and she really wanted to bake it. Here’s what she said about the cake.

Dark Chocolate CheesecakeHow sweet is that! Thank you Ruchira.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
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Dark, divine, sinful, creamy, chocolaty and above all, as simple as can be, this Dark Chocolate Cheesecake will leave you wanting for more. Recipe minimally adapted from Ruchira @ thegreatcookaroo.com. You won't need another recipe ever! Can be made 2-3 days ahead of time.
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
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Dark, divine, sinful, creamy, chocolaty and above all, as simple as can be, this Dark Chocolate Cheesecake will leave you wanting for more. Recipe minimally adapted from Ruchira @ thegreatcookaroo.com. You won't need another recipe ever! Can be made 2-3 days ahead of time.
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 8 hours
Ingredients
Biscuit base
Dark Chocolate ​Filling
Ganache
Servings:
Instructions
Biscuit base
  1. Whiz the biscuits, brown sugar and cocoa in food processor until you get a fine meal. Add butter, whiz again to mix. Press into 7-8" loose bottom tin. Chill in the freezer while you get the filling ready, and the oven preheats.
Dark Chocolate Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. Place all ingredients in bowl of food processor, and blend well to mix, 1-2 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Pour into crust, and bake for an hour.
  4. Cool completely in the oven, then chill covered in the fridge, preferably overnight.
Ganache
  1. Place chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Whisk​ with a balloon whisk​ until smooth. Cool about 30 minutes, then whisk​ again​. Chill until a little f​irm. Whisk once again till glossy and smooth, and holds peaks. Spread over​ chilled cheesecake. Dust with cocoa.​
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
“Don’t sit at home and wait for mango tree to bring mangoes to you wherever you are. It won’t happen.
If you are truly hungry for change, go out of your comfort zone and change the world.”

Israelmore Ayivor

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango! Mango Dessert CollageSo here’s another last minute mango based dessert to add to the last few mango desserts I shared, while we hang on to the end of the mango season. Just another clutch of days, maybe a week or so, and they’ll be gone.

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream However don’t panic if you can’t find some juicy mangoes. I’ve made this to great deliciousness with tinned peaches, fresh strawberries, a coffee whipped cream too {skip the almond maybe go with chopped walnuts}.

Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream
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Mango Almond Roulade with almond whipped cream. Light. Fresh. Delicious. Part wholegrain. To make it even better, filled with fresh mangoes swathed in beautifully whipped almond cream. Some things are just better with mango!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Whipped Almond Cream
Servings: people
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  1. Sift together the almond meal, plain flour, baking powder and salt 2-3 times. Reserve.
  2. In a bowl of the stand mixer, whip the egg with sugar on high speed to stiff peaks.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and almond extract and beat again.
  4. Sift the flour over the beaten mixture and gently fold in.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, level out.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until light golden brown and firm to touch. {tent the top with aluminum foil if you think it's getting too brown}
  7. While this is baking, lay out a clean kitchen towel, bigger than the size of the tray, and sift sugar evenly over it.
  8. Once the roll is baked, overturn immediately {very carefully} onto the sugar sifted towel, and gently peel parchment off. Trim the edges if required.
  9. Place a parchment sheet on top, and roll with the towel lengthwise, and leave to cool completely. {The longer side will be the length of the roll}
Whipped Almond Cream
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Whip with an electric hand blender on the highest speed until thick.
Assembling
  1. Unroll the cooled cake, place on a sheet of parchment. Spread the almond cream filling over it with an offset spatula, leaving a little border right around to avoid the filling oozing out.
  2. Sprinkle over with chopped mangoes.
  3. Now with the help of the parchment paper, roll it right back into a roll, pulling the paper slightly to make a tight roll. Place seam down on cling wrap and chill for a couple of hours. Unwrap gently and lay seam side down on your serving platter.
  4. Sift over with powdered sugar, scatter almond slivers over it.
  5. Slice with a sharp serrated knife and serve!
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