Macadamia Nut-Chocolate Tarts

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Macadamia Nut-Chocolate Tarts
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  • 6Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 stick plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preparation

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat 10 tablespoons of the butter with the granulated sugar until creamy. Add 1 of the eggs, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and the salt and beat until combined. Add the flour and mix well, then shape the dough into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the brown sugar, corn syrup and the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 2 eggs, then add a few tablespoons of the hot syrup to warm the eggs. Remove the syrup from the heat and whisk the warmed eggs into the syrup. Strain the filling into a bowl and chill for 1 hour.

Divide the chilled dough into 6 equal parts and roll out, 1 piece at a time, on a floured surface into 6-inch rounds. Press each piece of dough into a 4-inch tart pan (about 3/4 inch deep) or ring mold and trim around the rim. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees .

Divide the nuts and chocolate evenly among the unbaked tart shells and place them on a baking sheet. Pour in the filling and bake for 30 minutes. Cool the tarts on a rack for 10 to 15 minutes before removing them from the pans. Serve with vanilla ice cream.