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    Chocolate & pear sticky spiced tart

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes plus cooling

    Serves: 8

    Ingredients

    Plain flour, for dusting

    500g pack Jus-Rol Shortcrust

    Pastry Block, left at room temperature for 15 minutes 100g Country Life Unsalted Butter

    100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

    2 tbsp ginger wine

    1 tsp ground mixed spice

    2 balls stem ginger, chopped, plus syrup to glaze

    3 large Waitrose British Blacktail

    Free Range Eggs, separated 100g Billington’s Dark Muscovado Sugar

    100g ground almonds 25g cocoa powder

    2 ripe essential Waitrose Conference Pears

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. On a lightly  oured work surface, roll out the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin and use it to line a 25cm deep loose-bottomed,  fluted tart tin. Line the tart case with a piece of scrunched-up baking paper and baking beans. Blind bake for 20 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes, until pale golden brown.

    2. Meanwhile, place the butter, chocolate and ginger wine in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Melt until smooth and well combined. Stir in the mixed spice and stem ginger, then set aside to cool.

    3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and creamy. Fold in the cooled chocolate mixture, ground almonds and cocoa.

    4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until sti , then carefully fold them into the chocolate mixture.

    5. Reduce the heat to 180°C, gas mark 4. Peel and core the pears, and cut into quarters. Spoon the chocolate mixture into the tart case, spreading it to the edges, then arrange the pears in a circle on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until just set.

    6. Leave the tart to cool in the tin, then carefully transfer to a serving plate. Glaze with a little extra syrup from the stem ginger jar, if wished. Serve on its own, or with cream if desired.

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