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Cast-Iron White Chocolate Tart

This decadent dessert is worth every calorie. If you aren't a fan of citrus, leave out the orange flavoring and the white chocolate will shine through. —Phoebe Saad, Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed almond biscotti (about 4 whole cookies)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed amaretti cookies (about 16 cookies)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 14 ounces white baking chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus dash salt, divided

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place biscotti, amaretti cookies and sugar in a food processor; pulse until coarsely ground. Add butter; pulse until combined. Press crumb mixture firmly into bottom of a 9-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet. Bake until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. In a small heavy saucepan, mix 1/4 cup sugar and flour. Whisk in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in white chocolate, butter, orange extract and 1/4 teaspoon salt until chocolate is melted.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. For meringue, in a large bowl, beat egg whites with remaining dash salt on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form.
  • Transfer hot filling to crust. Spread meringue evenly over filling, sealing to edge of crust. Bake until meringue is golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 352 calories, 20g fat (13g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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