Bee pollen again, this time on a decadent chocolate tart


I first heard of Willie Harcourt Cooze on a Channel 4 documentary a few years ago. Willie gave up all all he had to pursue his dream and he went to South America with the hope of creating the purest cacao in the world.

As soon as the documentary finished, the unusually shaped cylinders of pure cacao hit the shelves and they were completely gone in hours. We had to wait in suspense for the restock of Cuban, Venezuelan Black and Rio Caribe. And the day they finally arrived i drove back home fast, as I could not wait to taste it. Greed is the excitement caused by the anticipation and I am greedy.

My tart today is seriously decadent. A wonderful chocolate crust brushed with local warm thyme honey encases a filling of ground hazlenuts, pure ground almonds and Cuban Cacoa from Baracoa. This is cooled down and brushed with a ganache of chocolate then topped with a scatter of bee pollen that looks like gold specs on the dark chocolate, bright yellow gold dust. Bee pollen is not produced here and it is imported to the island from other Mediterranean countries. The taste of this tart is as dramatic as the visual impact…

You will need a 12 inch tart dish

Heat oven to 170 degrees

Baking time about 30 to 35 minutes. Prep Time 30 minutes

Ingredients for Sweet Chocolate Pastry
300g Flour
50g Cocoa powder
100g Sugar
100 g Butter
5g Baking Powder
3 drops Vanilla Extract
70 g Water

Sieve flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the softened butter cut up into small pieces and rub in until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the vanilla extract. Mix the sugar with water until it has dissolved and mix into the dry ingredients until they bind evenly. Wrap in cling film and leave to rest in a cool place for at least 15 minutes.

Ingredients for Chocolate Nut Filling

150 g Pure Ground Almonds
150 g Pure Ground Hazlenuts
200g Sugar
150 g Sweet crumbs from left over cakes crumbled up like breadcrumbs
4 eggs
150 g cream or evaporated milk
100g cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Thyme honey
6 large tablespoons Grated Chocolate, I used Cuban chocolate from Baracoa
4 drops Vanilla Extract
Tip of a teaspoon instant coffee

To finish : 150 g Dark Chocolate, 15 g cream and bee pollen to scatter

In a large bowl mix the ground almonds and hazlenuts, sugar and sweet crumbs. Add sieved cocoa powder, grated chocolate, vanilla, instant coffee and mix well. Finally add the well beaten eggs, evaporated milk or cream and mix with wooden spoon until the mixture is even. Test for a dropping consistency and if necessary add another egg.

Grease the tart dish. Open the rested pastry with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. Line the dish. Trim the pastry neatly and dock it with a fork. Spread the warm honey on the bottom of the pastry and then fill with the ground nut and chocolate mix. Take a spoon and dip in hot water and run over the surface of the filling to achieve a tidy finish. Bake in a hot oven at 170 degrees for 30- 35 minutes. When baked cool on a wire rack.

To finish off, melt 150g of Dark Chocolate and spread it on the tart. You can either use a palate knife but I like to brush it on with a large pastry brush in several layers. Decorate as desired. i have sprinkled bee pollen on mine and it looks beautiful. Store in an airtight tin. This tart will keep very well in an airtight container and in fact the flavour will improve.


30 responses to “Bee pollen again, this time on a decadent chocolate tart”

  1. That chocolate at the end is righteous.

    1. It sure is, have a great evening !

  2. ohhhh, decadent. vw

    1. Thank you, yes it surely is ! Have a good weekend !

  3. I think I am going to have to put out a contract on you, Lea ! You are INCORRIGIBLE ! Sighh … 😉

    1. Haha thank you Margaret Rose, I am glad you like it. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend !

  4. Wow! That looks amazing. I am greedy too so this is making my mouth water. I have some of Willie’s Cacao in the cupboard now I just need some baking time.

    1. Willie’s cacao is mmmm, let me know if you try it out ! have a great weekend !

  5. Looks sooooo good! I shall have to hunt down this cacao 😀

    1. Yes it is, if you live in the UK it is stocked at Waitrose, if not it is available by mail order via Willie’s website which is linked on my blog. Have a great weekend !

  6. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    Do you enjoy honey?

    1. Yes we love honey, and we find a lot of good hiney locally bit the bee pollen is imported from other Mediterranean countries ! have a great evening !

      1. You too my friend. Hugs, Barbara

  7. I would like this as my last meal on Earth. It looks that good! 🙂

    1. And mine too shanna, all of it at once ! Hahah, have a freat evening !

  8. The bee pollen looks like good chips 🙂 wow!

    1. Thank you Elaine ey are really stunning but the down side is that when they are exposed to moistness they start to gradually discolor so the wffect will last for a few hours bit id you have left overs the effect is not the same the day after !

      1. Oh right, that’s worth knowing!!

  9. Oops! ‘Gold’ chips

  10. Stunning! I used to be able to buy Willie’s chocolate over here, but not anymore. ..

    1. Thank you Melissa. What a shame that you are not able to find it but it is available by mail order. … Hope you are having a good weekend!

  11. This is a-ma-zing! it must be tasting soo…. good. I wish I could have some Xx

    1. Thank you, let me know if you make it !

  12. Oh good, something else to use my Bee Pollen on!!! I’m doing the potatoes soon.

    1. yes thats true, I will also be posting some more recipes usimg bee pollen very soon !

      1. This looks so YummY

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