- FOR THE CRUST
- 1½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 4oz unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 extra large egg yolks
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp water, as needed
- FOR THE FILLING
- 3 jars Chocolate Fudge Sauce
Cook time: 1 hours
Preparation time: 1 hours
- 1. Place the sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and beat at medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and mix until combined. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour and salt. Continue to mix until all the flour is incorporated. If the dough is a touch dry, mix in the added water.
- 2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface to bring it together. Place dough between two pieces of wax paper and flatten into a disk. Refrigerate the dough until slightly firm, about 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, grease a 10-inch tart pan. Leaving the dough between the wax paper, roll into an 11-inch circle. Dust the dough with flour if sticking to the paper.
- 3. Transfer the dough to the greased tart pan. Using your fingers, build the crust up around the lip of the pan and fix any crack that may have formed. Place in freezer till dough firms up, about 15 minutes.
- 4. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place a piece of parchment over dough and weigh with pie weights. Bake crust for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown throughout. Remove from oven and let cool before filling.
- 5. While the crust is cooling, place the Fudge Sauce in a sauce pot over high heat. Bring the fudge to a boil, and cook for 2 ½ minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the fudge from the heat and let cool slightly, still stirring, about another 2 minutes. Pour the fudge into the tart shell and allow to cool completely, at least 8 hours.
- 6. To make the meringue, place the ½ cup of sugar and water in a small sauce pot and heat to 240-250 degrees. While the sugar syrup is cooking, place the egg whites and the cream of tartar in a stand mixer. Whip the egg whites until the foam holds a soft peak when the whisk is removed. With the whisk running on medium-low speed, slowly pour in the hot sugar syrup. Increase the speed to high and continue to whisk the meringue until it holds a firm peak, about 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, and whip until the meringue is cool.
- 7. Top the tart with the meringue and, if desired, caramelize the meringue with a kitchen torch. Alternatively, serve the tart with whipped cream in place of the meringue.