Peppermint tart

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Prep Time: 35 minutes, plus overnight
Servings: 1 tart
Cooking Time:
  • 250ml - whipped cream (or Orley Whip)
  • 1 - tin (385g) caramel*
  • 12ml - powdered gelatine
  • 400g - Peppermint Crisp chocolate, chopped
  • 1 - packet (200g) tennis biscuits
Leatitia Hartney, mom of Desiree, a translator on our sister magazine, Tuis, is a baker of note – this is my interpretation of her classic peppermint tart recipe.

1. Whisk the cream until stiff (reserve a dollop to spoon on top later) and fold in the caramel and  300g of the chocolate. Sprinkle the gelatine over 50ml cold water in a small bowl and let it stand  until it forms a solidified gel. Now melt the gelatine  by placing the small bowl in a larger bowl of boiling water and stirring until runny. Fold this into the cream mixture. Line a loaf pan with cling film and place a layer of biscuits on the bottom and sides of the pan. Carefully spoon in a third of the filling, making sure the biscuits don’t move too much.  Then arrange a layer of biscuits on top, followed  by more filling, a final layer of biscuits and the  rest of the filling (if there’s any left over, savour it when no one is looking). Refrigerate until set, preferably overnight.

2. To serve Turn out the tart (yes, tip it over!),  remove the cling film and top with a dollop of  whipped cream and the remaining chocolate.  Slice and enjoy.

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