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Chocolate and Hazelnut Praline Tart

I'm not sure if we are in the middle of autumn, or we have skipped it entirely and headed straight into winter. The weather has been so gloomy that my thoughts have definitely turned towards comfort food. This is a rich, dark chocolate tart, sweetened with hazelnut praline. I thought that it would be a lovely autumnal recipe and it's an idea that was floating around in my head for a while before I actually got around to try making it. If you're a Nutella fan, you'll love it (as Josh, my eldest, did). It'd be great though, for a special occasion or party - you only need a small slice as it's so rich, so it will serve loads. It's funny though, as when I was researching the various elements I wanted to use for this, I then discovered that there was a similar tart on the Good Food website, albeit with a baked filling. This one is a creamy chocolate ganache, set overnight in the fridge. I also used pastry made with ground hazelnuts to up the 'nutty

In search of my mojo ...

  I hope that you don't think me rude by my absence over the last few weeks. In the time since Sam's birthday, life seems to have been incredibly busy and I have had very little time to myself, never mind time to indulge in much baking. In the main, I've had to enjoy others doing it through Great British Bake Off, and while it's been great watching how things panned out (congratulations to John Whaite, this year's winner), it's been too long since I've been in the kitchen for a proper baking session. I'm hoping to rectify that this weekend, and I must admit my baking break has certainly given me some time to plan a few things, which I'm really looking forward to trying out. Ready for baking In the meantime, I did manage to try a few things inspired by GBBO, but just really didn't have time to do them justice or blog about them. I took a few snaps though, so thought you might like to see what I got up to. Unfortunately, most of them d