Chocolate-Bourbon Tart with Currants and Orange Custard Sauce Recipe

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/3 cups ground chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup dried currants
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 9 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
  • Bittersweet chocolate curls
  • Powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray vegetable oil spray on 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Combine ground cookies and butter in processor; blend until very moist crumbs form. Using plastic wrap as aid, press crumbs firmly onto sides, then bottom of prepared pan. Chill 15 minutes. Bake until set, about 8 minutes. Cool.
  2. Mix currants and bourbon in heavy small saucepan. Bring to simmer over low heat. Cover and set aside. Whisk corn syrup and egg yolks in medium bowl. Bring half and half to simmer in another heavy small saucepan. Gradually whisk half and half into yolk mixture. Return mixture to same saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until custard thicken and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 4 minutes (do not boil). Pour into large bowl. Add chopped bittersweet chocolate and nutmeg, whisk until melted and smooth. Mix in currants and bourbon. Chill just until cool, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Whip cream in medium bowl to stiff peaks. Fold cream into chocolate mixture. Transfer filling to crust. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Gently press up tart pan bottom to loosen tart. Remove pan sides. Transfer tart to platter. Top with chocolate curls. Sift powdered sugar over. Serve with Orange Custard Sauce.
  4. Bring half and half to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Whisk sugar and yolks in small bowl. Gradually whisk in hot half and half. Return mixture to saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 3 minutes (do not boil). Strain into bowl. Mix in peel. Cover and refrigerate until cold. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.) Makes about 1 1/2 cups.