An almond shortbread crust and soft date caramel filling is topped with a rich chocolate ganache and finished with walnuts in this chocolate tart.
It’s not even the end of November yet but the sweet smells of the holidays are in the air already. We’re slowly tiptoeing into the upcoming holiday meal preparations, planning menus and considering dishes and decorations. The thought of coming in from the crisp air outside to a warm house filled with the scents of the season makes my heart happy. But apart from big celebratory dinners, this time of year is tailor made for spending chilly afternoons snuggled up with a nice cup of tea and a slice of something sweet. I suggest a chocolate covered date caramel and walnut tart and a cup of Chai tea; they keep good company. Rest assured however that it’s just as home on any holiday spread if you’re looking for a holiday dessert that breaks from the pumpkin or pecan variety. A classic combination of tender shortbread crust and a soft caramel-like filling is topped with a rich chocolate ganache and finished with a scattering of walnuts. The sturdy cookie-like crust made from almond flour and coconut oil is filled with a walnut studded date paste and a hint of salt with flavors reminiscent of caramel and brown sugar. It’s a combination sure to delight any chocolate and caramel lover. Large tender Medjool dates provide the sweetness in the filling and offer a luxurious toffee-like complexity to the base of this tart when paired with a hint of sea salt and fresh vanilla bean. The dark chocolate ganache that blankets the cookie crust and caramel base is made with anti-oxidant rich raw cacao powder and maple syrup and is a silky and intense counterpoint to the sweetness of the date caramel. Here’s to the start of the holidays! What are you making this year?