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Dark Chocolate and Pine Nut Crostata Recipe

Dark Chocolate and Pine Nut Crostata Recipe



  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, diced, room temperature


  • 10 ounces bittersweet (70% cocoa) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream

Recipe Preparation

For crust

  • Blend flour, powdered sugar, and salt in processor 5 seconds. Add butter, yolks, and egg. Blend until moist clumps form. Knead dough into ball and flatten into disk. Wrap and chill at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.

  • Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 14-inch round. Transfer to 10-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Cut off all but 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang in, pressing to form double-thick sides that extend 1/4 inch above rim. Chill crust 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake crust 5 minutes. Using back of fork, press up sides of crust if slipping. Bake until golden, pressing up sides and piercing with fork if crust bubbles, about 25 minutes longer. Cool crust completely.

For filling

  • Place chocolate in medium bowl. Bring cream to simmer in saucepan. Pour cream over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Whisk in honey. Pour filling into crust. Chill until set, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

  • Sprinkle tart with pine nuts. Serve with whipped cream.

Reviews Section

Winter Fruit and Nut Crostata

1 Prepare the pastry, if necessary. Let the dough soften briefly at room temperature. Place the larger disk of dough between two sheets of plastic wrap and roll it out to form a 12-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick.

2 When the dough is ready, remove the top sheet of plastic wrap. Using the remaining sheet to lift the dough, center the dough in a 9- to 10-inch tart pan, with the plastic-covered side up. Peel off the plastic wrap. Gently press the dough into the base of the pan and along the sides. Roll the rolling pin over the top of the pan and trim off the overhanging dough. Gently press the dough against the sides of the pan to create a rim higher than the edge of the pan. Refrigerate the pastry shell 30 minutes.

3 In a medium saucepan, combine the prunes, raisins, and water. Cook over low heat until soft, about 10 minutes. Let cool. In a food processor or blender, puree the fruit mixture with the orange zest. Add the liqueur, honey, and cinnamon and process until smooth. With a spatula, stir in the walnuts.

4 Spread the fruit and nut mixture in the prepared tart shell.

5 Place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

6 Roll out the remaining dough to a 10-inch circle. With a fluted pastry wheel, cut the dough into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Arrange the strips about 1 inch apart across the tart pan. Rotate the tart a quarter- turn and place the remaining strips across the top, forming a lattice pattern. Press the ends of the strips against the sides of the tart to seal. Brush the dough with the egg yolk mixture.

7 Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.

8 Let the tart cool in the pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove the pan rim and let the tart cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Store covered with a large inverted bowl at room temperature up to 24 hours.

From "1,000 Italian Recipes." Copyright 2004 by Michele Scicolone. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Start by heating milk in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat (photo 1).

Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest (photo 2).

Pour a small portion of the heated milk into the egg mixture while continuously whisking (photo 3).

Pour the rest of the heated milk and whisk.

Transfer the milk and egg mixture back into the saucepan and bring to a boil while whisking.

Lower the heat into medium and keep whisking until the custard thickens (photo 4).

Set the Italian custard aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

Line your pie form with the shortcrust pastry dough and randomly use a fork to prick the pastry.

Transfer the cooled custard into the prepared pie form and use an angled spatula to even the top (photo 5).

Sprinkle the top of the custard with pine nuts (photo 6).

Place in the lower part of the oven for forty-five minutes or until the top of the pastry turns golden.

Dust your Italian custard pie with powdered sugar and serve.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart

Place the hazelnuts in a food processor, add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and process until fine. Scrape the nuts into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle. Add the flour, salt and the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and mix until combined. Add the butter and mix at low speed until incorporated. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until a soft dough forms. Scrape the pastry onto a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten into a disk. Wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350° and coat a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom with vegetable oil spray. Roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of wax paper to a 12-inch round. Ease the pastry into the tart pan, pressing it into the corners and patching any tears. Roll the rolling pin over the tart pan to cut off any excess pastry. Refrigerate the tart shell for 10 minutes.

Line the pastry with parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the parchment and weights and bake the shell for about 15 minutes longer, until golden brown. Let cool completely.

Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the cream just to a simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes whisk until smooth. Pour the chocolate cream into the tart shell and scatter the hazelnuts on top. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove the tart ring, cut the tart into wedges and serve.

Put a Fresh Twist on Summer Recipes with Fisher Nuts – A Review, Recipe

Summertime means a lot of snacking, especially if you have children. We are out a lot during the warmer months and whether that means a simple trip to the local playground or something as big as spending the day on the boat, we always have snacks with us. Now, of course, as any good parent would, we do our best to be picky with what type of snacks we choose to offer our little ones. Sure, a bag of chips would be an easy go-to option, but I despise feeding them (and ourselves) junk. Thankfully, our kids actually love the good for you foods baby carrots, sliced apples, a handful of blueberries. I love that they love it. However, one thing that people often overlook when it comes to snacking is protein. There aren&rsquot too many snack foods that have it but, when out on a classic summer adventure, it&rsquos something that we (and our children) need. For that, we turn to nuts.

Normally, for most of our outings, we make up our own little trail mix baggies. The kids get to choose which goodies go in their respective snack bags and everyone is satisfied. We&rsquove never really been a fan of any one specific brand but we recently had the chance to try one of which we hadn&rsquot tried before. Long story short &ndash we love them!

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1 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
¾ cup of light brown sugar
¾ cup of granulated sugar
1 cup (or 2 sticks) of butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 ⅓ cups of oats
⅔ cup of raisins
⅔ cup of mini chocolate chips
½ cup of Fisher Nuts Chef&rsquos Naturals Cooking Nutsalmonds

Preheat the oven to 375° before beginning.

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19 Delicious Ina Garten Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Best Meal Ever

Get ready for the Thanksgiving meal of your dreams &mdash complete with homemade gravy.

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Sweet Rolls


  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup Amaretto liqueur

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the milk over low heat or in the microwave. Add the butter and let it melt.

Pour the butter and milk mixture into the bowl of a electric mixer. Add the remaining milk, sugar, flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon of the vanilla. Knead until a smooth dough forms.

Grease a baking sheet. Form the dough into disks, about 2 inches in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick. Place on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart.

Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Turn off the oven but do not remove the rolls from the baking pan.

In a saucepan, combine the powdered sugar with 1/2 cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes until it begins to thicken.

Add the lemon juice, Amaretto, and remaining vanilla to the sugar mixture. Let simmer another 3 minutes. (The mixture will continue to thicken as you let it sit, so you can control how thin or thick you would like the glaze to be.)

Brush or drizzle the glaze onto the rolls. Put the rolls back into the oven with the heat off, but with the oven still warm, so that the glaze dries.

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