Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Pie #SundaySupper #BakeforaCure

This is one of the best tarts involving chocolate and nuts I ever made. And it's not my opinion only. There are many friends that are forever asking me to make them 'the one with a crunch and chocolate' again, not interested in the details like the hazelnuts or the kind of chocolate.
I don't think they even know it involves them. But I do, and I know many will find this combination different and the flavor superior.

Today we're making pie around the Sunday Supper family table. The theme in itself is a great one, and this pie is a perfect fit for it. Wait till you read the list of ridiculously amazing pies we baked for all of you.
#BakeForACure encourages us to bake something and take it to a medical cancer treatment professional or someone who has been affected by cancer.

So I'm dedicating this post to my mom who is a breast cancer survivor and today is Mother's Day here, and to my wonderful brother who lost the battle six years ago, but who is also a survivor, having had cancer 25 years before that. Yes, he had it twice in his life.

I love hazelnuts, they have a rather sophisticated flavour, and I like them a bit more because they are kind of the underdog of nuts. Considered expensive and difficult to work with, and sometimes they are, many simply reach for any other kind of nut. But I can make a loaf cake based on their aromatic toasted flavour, and few combinations are as unbeatable as hazelnuts and dark chocolate, as these truffles will let you know if you make them.

The fact that my absolute favorite kind of chocolate is dark, very semi-sweet, speaks for itself when I tell you this is a fabulous recipe. Each component is perfect both as a compliment and as a vehicle for the others. As you can see it has caramel also. Now, tell me of a recipe involving chocolate or nuts that isn´t taken up a notch by adding caramel to it. I can´t think of one. So that´s another layer of flavor added to this masterpiece and another reason why you should bake this. Soon.

The recipe is exactly the one that appears in Francois Payard's book. There's no need to alter something that is so incredibly well thought out. All I can do is hope you get the message. You´ll wonder why you never came across anything like this before.

from Simply Sensational Desserts, by Francois Payard

½ recipe Pate Sablée, completely baked

1 ½ cups (215g) whole hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
1.5 oz (45g) milk chocolate, chopped
1 Tbs honey

1/3 cup (67g) sugar
1 Tbs corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup cream

5oz. (145g) milk chocolate, melted and warm

In a large bowl mix hazelnuts, chopped chocolate and honey,
In a medium saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Without stirring, boil until sugar is a deep amber color, about 5 minutes. Watch it closely. Have ready the cream.
Remove from heat and add the cream; it bubbles up furiously. Stir with a wooden spoon and return to low heat to melt any hard pieces of caramel.
Pour caramel mixture onto hazelnuts, let rest a few minutes so it melts the chocolate and then stir until smooth. Pour onto the baked pie shell, spreading evenly. Let cool completely. (At this point it can be covered and refrigerated for 2 days).
When you´re ready to assemble the tart, put cream in a large bowl. Beat until medium stiff peaks just begin to form. Add warm chocolate and gently mix until well combined.
Spread with a spatula or piping bad over the cooled hazelnut mixture.
Keep refrigerated.
Serves 6

These #SundaySupper Contributors, were provided with a beautiful Easy As Pie Dish by Chantal Cookware.  They will be sharing their recipes with you this Sunday and also their thoughts on this Beautiful Pie Dish.   Many are giving away their dish along with their pie to brighten someone’s day.

Check out these gorgeous Sunday Supper Recipes:

As you may have noticed, when the #SundaySupper Team does something, we come together and do it with a bang.   Check out these additional recipes, perfect to take to someone who you want to make feel special this month.

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  1. What a wonderful Mother's Day gift to your mom! I love hazelnuts, but always have a hard time finding them.

  2. I also love hazelnuts and dark, semi-sweet chocolate. This tart really does sound incredible to me. The caramel and chocolate cream - oh what a slice of heaven!

  3. Hazelnuts and chocolate go so well together! Thanks for sharing Paula!

  4. Yummmm! Chocolate and hazelnut are such a pefect pairing. This dessert looks so creamy and delicious!

  5. Chocolate and hazelnut...the combo reminds me of nutella. It looks heavenly!

  6. A very heartfelt dedication, Paula...just beautiful. As is this amazing pie...I completely agree with it being one of the best things I'll ever try (even without trying it). It sounds amazing - such a wonderful flavor and texture combo!

  7. What an amazing tribute, Paula. And a beautiful pie as well.

  8. Hazelnuts! Oh my goodness, you just made my day.

  9. I love the look of all those whole hazelnuts!

  10. What a gorgeous pie! I adore hazelnuts and chocolate together.

  11. I am allergic on hazelnuts, but I can replace it with another kind :)

  12. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe

  13. Paula, what a sweet tribute to your mom and brother. Happy Mother's Day to your mom - I imagine she's very proud of her daughter. :) + Just bookmarked this recipe. In Oregon state, where I live, we're known for our filberts so this is a MUST TRY!

  14. This is a wonderful post my friend with a recipe made to stun :)
    I'm in chocolate heaven!

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. Mmmmmmmm....Paula, this is one incredible pie!!! I just want a big spoon to dig into that chocolate filling! Happy #SundaySupper, my friend!

  16. PS...I'm sorry for the sadness cancer has brought to you and your family.

  17. So sorry to hear about your losses. What a great dedication to your family. Hazelnuts! I've never cooked with them and this makes me really want to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Oh goodness! Pinning this one onto Everything Chocolate!

  19. I want to dive in face first into this tart/pie! Yum!

  20. This looks devine. So sorry to hear about your family'd fight with this awful disease :(

  21. Loved seeing you FIRST here for your filled Snickerdoodles! http://willowbirdbaking.com/2012/10/21/the-big-reveal-willow-bird-baking-challenge-3-stuffed-cookies-and-a-new-challenge/

  22. THis looks so amazing! Hazelnut and chocolate together are a real favorite of mine. And I know I am supposed to love only dark chocolate but I love good milk chocolate, too! Sorry I haven't been commenting lately - was traveling for work! ~ David

    1. It´s always so nice to see your comments David, no matter how far apart!

  23. Sheesh, that looks delicious!

  24. Paula, what a strong family you have - I can't imagine what it feels like to have two close members of my family stricken with this terrible disease. I'm sorry to hear about your brother but thankfully, your mother is still here with you. As for this pie - this is my dream dessert. It's like a Ferrero Rocher in pie form, with the added delicious element of caramel. I want to lick my screen, that's how tantalizing your pie looks.

  25. Double Wow! Looks just perfect;-)

  26. I am speechless! Oh. My. This pie looks amazing. I happen to have a full bag of hazelnuts just waiting for a recipe to present itself and this has got to be IT!

    Beautiful tribute to your brother and your mother!

  27. This looks like a seriously incredible pie - I can see why your friends love it!

  28. That is gorgeous and I bet the flavor is amazing!

  29. Paula, what a thoughful post and although posts that deal with these important issues always leave me somewhat speechless when I move on to comment on the food/baked goods featured, I will tell you that your Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Tart looks simply decadent!

  30. Unfortunately, I think cancer has touched us all in some way.

    As for the pie, hazelnuts and milk chocolate are my favorite combination and that looks heavenly.

  31. Oh my goodness! you are driving me crazy with this pie. I love hazelnuts. I just had a red velvet cake and now I want this pie. Happy Mother's day to your mother and I hope your brother is resting in peace.

  32. I think hazelnuts are seriously underrated, especially when paired with chocolate. This pie looks amazing!

  33. You post such amazing dishes! I wish i was in your kitchen to lick all the spatulas and spoons! YUM!

  34. Mmmm! Hazelnut & chocolate together is simply amazing - thus my love for nutella. This pie takes those flavors to another level. I'll definitely need to try this one.


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