20 minutes plus 30 minutes for pastry to chill
40 minutes plus set time
Makes 6-8 slices
7 oz Soft flour, sieved
3.52 oz Westgold Unsalted Butter
1.8 oz Icing sugar
2 Egg yolks
Pinch of Salt
Seeds from ½ vanilla bean
½ Lemon, zested
2.64 oz 75% Chocolate
1.41 oz Westgold Unsalted Butter
4.23 oz Sugar
6.17 oz Golden syrup
1.8 oz Treacle
3.5 oz Pecan halves
14.1 oz Westgold Cream, lightly whipped
1tsp Ground cinnamon (add more as required to preferred flavour)
Prep notes before making this:
Pastry needs to be refrigerated for ½ an hour.
Very lightly cream butter and icing sugar.
Lightly beat yolks, salt, vanilla and zest together.
Add yolk mixture to creamed mixture.
Lightly mix in flour without overworking.
Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30mins.
Roll out pastry and line a 7.9 " fluted flan mould, dock with fork and rest in fridge for 30mins.
Melt butter and chocolate over a Bain Marie.
Place golden syrup, treacle and sugar in a pot and dissolve over heat, then bring to the boil and simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat to cool 4-5 minutes.
Briefly beat eggs in a mixing bowl with a fork then stir in warm chocolate mixture.
Lightly whisk in syrup mixture until combined and set aside to cool.
Pour into blind baked pastry shell and bake 10 minutes at 356°F until surface is just set. Remove from oven to arrange pecan nuts on top. Return to oven to bake for another 30 minutes approximately until set to a soft mousse like structure.
Note: Allowing the surface to just set before placing on the nuts prevents them from sinking into the mixture.
Allow to cool on a rack and remove from mould. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
Lightly mix cinnamon into cream and chill until ready to serve.