Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

  2. 1/3 cups unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  3. 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  4. 7 teaspoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  5. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  6. 3 cups heavy cream

  7. 7 ounces soft black licorice chews, about 1 1/2 cups

  8. 8 large egg yolks

  9. 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  11. 2 teaspoons Pernod

  12. 8 teaspoons superfine sugar

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place eight 4-inch round flan rings (1 inch high each) on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. Make the tart shells: Process flour, cocoa, granulated sugar, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, add eggs; process until dough just comes together. Shape dough into a disk; transfer to a lightly floured work surface.

  3. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out eight 6-inch rounds, and fit into the flan rings. Patch cracks with leftover dough if needed. Refrigerate tart shells on baking sheet until firm, about 30 minutes.

  4. Prick bottoms of shells with fork tines. Bake on sheet until firm, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks.

  5. Make the filling: Put cream and licorice into a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring almost to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir. Cover, and let stand at room temperature 2 hours.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Reheat licorice cream over medium heat. Whisk egg yolks, granulated sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk licorice cream into yolk mixture. Pour through a fine sieve into a medium bowl, pressing on solids. Pour mixture through another clean sieve into another bowl (do not press on solids), and stir in Pernod. Divide custard among tart shells. Bake on sheet until centers are just set, 14 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate tarts on sheet until cold, about 1 hour (up to overnight).

  7. Sift 1 teaspoon superfine sugar evenly over each tart. Hold a small handheld kitchen torch at a 90-degree angle 3 to 4 inches from surface of a tart, and move flame back and forth until sugar is caramelized and deep golden brown. Repeat with remaining tarts, and serve.


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