Chocolate Brownie Tart

Some say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  Probably a good idea when you are newly dating and want to impress your date, but when you have been with someone for 30 plus years, you know you have captured his heart a long time ago.  This past Valentines Day I wanted to  prepare a complete dinner for the two most important men in my life – my husband and our son.  We are not ones for showering each other with flowers or extravagant gifts for Valentines Day.  A simple exchange of cards will do and a great dinner prepared at home.  
I prepared a great au gratin potato dish (to be posted later) and Ina Garten’s steakhouse steaks.  To finish off the evening I made her Brownie Tart.   With only a half a cup of flour you know the dish will be rich and delicious. And this is not just a Valentines Day dessert…  Any special dinner will do.  Possibly Easter?

Chocolate Brownie Tart

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3 1/4 cups (20 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
3 extra-large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (4 ounces) chopped walnuts
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Grease and flour a 9-inch tart pan with removable sides. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a bowl set over simmering water. Add 2 cups of the chocolate chips, remove from the heat, and stir until the chocolate melts. Set aside to cool completely.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, coffee, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cooled chocolate. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the walnuts. Fold the flour mixture into the batter until just combined. Pour into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is puffed (the top may crack). The inside will still be very soft. Cool to room temperature before removing the sides of the tart pan.

Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips with the heavy cream and drizzle on the tart.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/brownie-tart-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/brownie-tart-recipe.html?oc=linkback

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