Gluten free pistachio crust with a silky smooth, seriously seductive dark chocolate tart filling. A truly indulgent Valentine’s Day Dessert!
Things have been pretty slow around here for the last month. Those who have been following me here or on Instagram know that I was in an accident a month ago (I wrote about it here). Basically, all I’m allowed to do for a few months is sit, sleep and eat. Things can get pretty frustrating with boredom setting in and I’ve been trying my best to find things I can do at home while still following my doctor’s orders.
My husband has been a huge help and he’s basically been doing all the cooking and cleaning around the house along with taking care of me. So here’s what I’ve been doing to pass the time: reading, doodling, bullet journaling, painting my nails a bit too frequently and watching a lot more TV than I should! All this sitting around and eating is not exactly helping my waistline but I guess I’ll just worry about that once I have fully recovered. For now, I’m concentrating on staying positive and upbeat through this whole ordeal.
Valentine’s Day is almost here and that means thinking about all the seductive, indulgent desserts we can make for this special occasion. Almost every year I plan out several Valentine’s Day recipes since neither of us really likes dining out all that much. This year has to be different. All the recipes that I’ve been putting up on the blog recently are teamwork. I come up with the recipe, my husband executes them and photographs them according to what I have in mind.
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day desserts that are easy, quick but sophisticated, I’ve got you covered. These Dark Chocolate Pistachio Tarts for Two are perfect for those who don’t like overly sweet desserts. Instead, these chocolate tarts are a textural treat. The gluten free pistachio crust is crumbly and buttery while the dark chocolate tart filling is silky, smooth and just melts in the mouth. My most important tip here will be to use the best quality dark chocolate you can find because that really will make a world of a difference.
This Valentine’s Day dessert is also great for couples to make together. There’s not much work involved, plus there’s dark chocolate involved so it will be a lot of fun!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Tarts For Two | Valentine’s Day Dessert
- 1/2 cup roasted and shelled pistachios
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp white granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp butter cold
Dark Chocolate Filling
- 1/2 cup good quality dark chocolate chopped
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 egg yolk
- To make the crust, process all the ingredients listed for the crust in a food processor until you have a sticky dough. Create a rough ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease two 4 inch individual tart pans. Divide the crust in half and roll one piece between two pieces of cling film so that it doesn't stick to your work surface.
- Once the crust is rolled thin enough to fit the tart pan, remove the cling film at the bottom and gently place it over one of the tart tins. While the other cling film is still in place, press the crust in place and pinch off the excess overhang. Remove the cling film on top and repeat with the other tart pan.
- Prick the crust with a fork and place in the freezer for around 20 minutes and then bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely before gently removing the crusts from the pan (the crusts are very delicate so be careful).
- Meanwhile, heat the whipping cream, vanilla essence and 1 tbsp granulated sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until it reaches boiling point. Remove from heat and add the dark chocolate. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- Stir the chocolate and cream mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Add the butter and the egg yolk and mix thoroughly until the mixture is silky smooth and glossy.
- Pour the chocolate filling in the cooled pistachio crusts and allow to set. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios if you like before serving.