This is no ordinary chocolate tart.
Its chipotle-spattered topping gives you the first clue: this dessert is muy caliente. Beginning with an ancho chile crust, it features a filling of rich date paste studded with Brazil nuts (and spiced with more ancho chiles and cayenne pepper). The finish is a topping of chipotle ganache. Ta-da!
I call this Montezuma’s Spicy Chocolate Tart because it uses a rough approximation of flavors from the ancient Aztec culture. Chiles and cacao make a dessert fit for an emperor!
Anyway, this little wicked baby packs a flavor punch… make sure you clue who you’re sharing it with that it’s spicy! I got the beginning of the idea from this Buzzfeed list of gluten-free recipes: the Mayan Dark Chocolate Pie instantly caught my eye, but it features “vanilla coconut milk beverage” as a main ingredient. Um, no thanks. So! I set out to make a version that remains vegan yet Paleo folks can still enjoy as a treat. I turned the dial WAY UP on the spiciness and used dates to make a luscious filling that pairs perfectly with the chipotle ganache. Unusual, decadent, very adult.
- To make the crust, preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8" tart pan with a removable bottom and set aside.
- Mix the almond flour, 2 teaspoons of ancho chile powder and salt together with a fork.
- Stir in the coconut oil and maple syrup. Press into the greased tart pan, then bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
- Allow to cool, then chill while you prepare the filling.
- Combine all ingredients for the filling in a food processor (including the dates' soaking liquid), then puree until smooth.
- Spread the paste into the chilled crust, smooth with the back of a spoon. Chill while you prepare the ganache.
- Combine all ingredients for the ganache, then spread over the chilled filling. Level carefully, push the edges of the ganache snugly up to the crust.
- To garnish, scatter half of the 1/4 cup finely chopped Brazil nuts over the tart.
- Mix the chipotle paste and maple syrup together, stir in the last half of the 1/4 cup Brazil nuts. Sprinkle over the tart.
- Chill, then serve.
- All of the ingredients in Montezuma's Spicy Chocolate Tart can be found at a gourmet food store, but if you're having trouble locating ancho chili powder you can substitute regular chile powder instead!