Last Minute Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert

You probably have all the ingredients for this easy yummy, chocolaty dessert which is based on Giada’s Chocolate Honey Almond Tart, but if not, you can stop on the way home to get whatever you need.  This is really fast to put together, just allow enough time for the chocolate to harden in the refrigerator (make it tonight for tomorrow).  The basic recipe (I’ll suggest some modifications that I like after):

 CHOCOLATE HONEY ALMOND TART
Courtesy: giada de laurentiis

9          Chocolate graham crackers
2          TBL slivered almonds
4          TBL (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into ½” pieces,
room temperature, plus more for the pan
¾         Cup heavy cream
¼         Cup honey –good local honey makes a huge difference
2          Cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.  Butter bottom & sides of a 9” round springform pan.

Place graham crackers and almonds in bowl of food processor.  Process until the mixture forms fine crumbs, 15-20 seconds.  Add the butter and pulse until combined.  Firmly press the crumb mixture into the bottom of buttered pan.  Bake for 12 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

In a small saucepan or double boiler, whisk together the heavy cream and honey over low heat until honey has dissolved.  Increase the heat to medium and bring mixture to just below a boil.
Put the chocolate chips in a medium bowl.  Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and stir until smooth.  Pour the chocolate filling over the prepared crust.

Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or preferably overnight.  Loosen the tart from the sides of the pan by running a warm butter knife around the edge.  Remove springform.
My modifications:
If you like those mint Girl Scout cookies, add about 1 teaspoon of mint extract to the heavy cream & honey mixture before pouring over the chocolate chips.
I love raspberries & you can heat a good quality raspberry preserve in a saucepan to liquefy it,  then pour over the chocolate filling.  After it has been refrigerated, add fresh raspberries to the top.  Raspberries might be hard to find this time of year, but I did just notice fresh strawberries at the market this morning that looked good.

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