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Chefs Recipe: Warm Bitter Chocolate Tart with Sorbet and Toasted Almonds from Bailiffscourt Hotel

February is definitely a month to eat through. After the detoxing of January it’s time to wage war on the cold and enjoy some comforting dishes. The team at Historic Sussex Hotels have sent us this delicious seasonal recipe – perfect if you are looking for an impressive finish to a Valentine’s Day menu!

Warm Bitter Chocolate Tart
Warm Bitter Chocolate Tart

Makes 6-8

Ingredients: Pastry

  • 9oz flour
  • 4oz soft butter
  • 4 oz icing sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg


Mix together the butter, salt and egg, add the icing sugar then add the flour. Mix to a dough then refrigerate.

Ingredients: Sauce Anglaise

  • 10floz double cream
  • 10floz milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 oz castor sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod


Whisk the egg and sugar together until light. Boil together the milk, cream and vanilla, then gradually pour onto the egg mix whisking continuously. Return the mix to a pan then cook until it thickens stirring continuously, pass through a sieve.

Ingredients: Chocolate filling

  • 225g dark chocolate
  • 150g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 40g sugar


Melt together the chocolate and butter in a bowl over warm water. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until thick. Fold the egg mix into the melted chocolate mix.

To make the dish


Line and bake blind some individual tart moulds with the pastry. Fill the cases to the top with chocolate filling. Bake in the oven at 180c for eight minutes and when cooked dust with cocoa.

To serve

Put a pool of Sauce Anglaise in the centre of the plate. Place the tart on this then a scoop of your favourite sorbet on the tart, sprinkle over some toasted flaked almonds and dust with icing sugar, and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.

Tapestry Restaurant, Bailiffscourt Hotel
Tapestry Restaurant, Bailiffscourt Hotel

Executive Chef: Martin Haddon

Head Chef: Russell Williams

The Restaurant: Tapestry Restaurant at Bailiffscourt Hotel

Climping, West Sussex, BN17 5RW | www.hshotels.co.uk | 01903 723511

This perfectly preserved medieval house, set in 35 acres of private pastureland is home to the Tapestry Restaurant where Head Chef Russell Williams and his team serve award winning cuisine in a truly unique setting.

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