Chocolate Tart

There are not many desserts more decadent and rich than a French style chocolate tart. This delicious pastry is one of my favorite things to make for houseguests as it pairs very well with afternoon tea or post-dinner coffee.

Chocolate Tart with almond slivers and a slice cut out

Like most tarts, this recipe is comprised of two parts. The tart shell, which is a type of shortcrust known as pate sucree, and the filling which is basically a chocolate cremeux. If you don’t want to make the crust from scratch, you can always buy it at the store.

Unlike my lemon tart which is filled with a lemon custard, this chocolate tart is made with an extra rich cremeux, which is essentially a creme anglaise thickened with melted chocolate.

How To Make A Classic French Chocolate Tart

French style Chocolate Tart with almond sliver garnish on a ceramic plate

Since there are two components to this dessert I am going to break it up into two recipes. If you buy a store-bought tart crust then you can skip the first part and go straight to the chocolate cremeux.

How To Make A Sweet Tart Crust

Pate Sucree ingredients on a table next to a stand mixer

Just like with pate brisee, this sweet version of a tart crust uses fairly simple ingredients. However as with most baking recipes I do recommend you follow the weights without deviation as baking is more a science than an art.

Ingredients

150 grams Flour – All Purpose flour works well here. If you use cake or bread flour the crust may have unfavorable results.

50 grams Sugar – white granulated sugar is best in this recipe.

110 grams Butter – Use a quality butter with a higher fat percentage than standard American butter if you can find it. I recommend something above 82% fat (I use 82.5% fat butter for both my sweet and savory tarts).

1 large Egg Yolk

1 tbsp Milk

5 grams Vanilla Powder – if you want to use vanilla extract instead then measure out just a teaspoon.

1/4 tsp Salt

How To Make Pate Sucree Dough

Pate Sucree dry ingredients in a stand mixer with paddle attachment

Add all your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, vanilla powder, salt) to the bowl of a stand mixer and let combine. You can also do this with a whisk as it all combines pretty easily.

mixing in the butter to form a loose sandy dough

Next add in the butter and let run until you have a crumbly, sandy mixture. If you squeeze the mix together with your fingers it will press together, but will fall apart quickly. You want your butter to be colder than room temperature, but it does not need to be super chilled like many American pie crust recipes.

adding egg and milk to the mixer and Pate Sucree dry ingredients plus butter

Finally add in the egg yolk and milk. Run the machine until you have a clumpy, almost cookie-dough consistency mix. In fact, pate sucree does make pretty decent sugar cookies if you wanted to do cut-out shape cookies to decorate with kids.

Pate Sucree dough on the paddle of a stand mixer

Remove the pate sucree dough from the mixer and form into a ball. Place in a bowl and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Then place the bowl in the fridge to chill for a couple hours.

a ball of Pate Sucree in a bowl

Baking Tart or Tartelette Shells

a ball of Pate Sucree dough with flour and a French rolling pin on a table

When your dough is sufficiently chilled (cold but not rock hard) remove it from the bowl and place it on a floured surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten it out to about a third of a centimeter (about 3-4mm).

rolled out sweet dough on a table

If you are making a large single tart you will want to make the entire sheet quite uniform with no cracks or lumps. However if you are making personal tartelettes for a cocktail party for example then you can divide the dough into smaller pieces which are easier to roll out.

a sheet of pate sucree dough rolled out and laid over a metal tart ring

Press the dough into your tart mold so it is firmly compacted into shape. Then run a thin knife all along the edge to remove excess dough. I like to do this step already on my silicone baking mat so there is little movement.

a trimmed tart dough in the mold before baking

Dock (poke holes) into the bottom of the tart and place the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 180C.

freshly baked pate sucree tart crust on a silicone baking mat

Place the tray in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Because we froze the dough a bit before baking, you do not need to blind bake or use pie weights. Your crust should remain flat and even, and just barely pull away from the mold when it is done. Set aside and let come completely to room temperature before adding the filling.

Making The Chocolate Cremeux Filling

Chocolate cremeux ingredients and a tart shell to the side on a table

Once the shell is completely cooled you can start on the cremeux filling. There are a few different ways to make this, but I find my recipe is extremely easy.

Ingredients

120 grams Chocolate – try to get a high quality chocolate 70% dark or higher. If you get a milk chocolate there will be too much milk fat and the final chocolate tart will not set correctly.

120 ml Heavy Cream

50 ml Milk

15 grams Butter – preferably a European butter with a fat content 82% or higher. It is much richer than the American 80% butter (yes, the 2% does make a huge difference).

2 large Eggs

heating up milk, cream, and butter in a pan on a stove

In a pan on medium heat slowly heat up the milk and cream and butter. You do not want it to come to a rolling boil, but you do want it hot enough to melt the chocolate in the next step.

mixing the hot liquid with the melted chocolate using a rubber spatula in a glass bowl

Pour the hot liquid mixture over your chocolate and let sit for one minute. Then use a rubber spatula to mix the milk and chocolate together until you get a completely liquid mixture.

pouring beaten eggs into the chocolate ganache to make chocolate cremeux for the tart

In a bowl beat your two eggs together. Then slowly trickle them into the melted chocolate mixture as you stir with the spatula. You have to stir constantly or the egg can cook, and you absolutely do not want scrambled eggs in your chocolate tart.

chocolate cremeux in a glass bowl with a rubber spatula.

When you have combined everything you are ready to fill your tart shell. If there are air bubbles in your cremeux you can tap the bowl on the table so they rise to the surface. This step is optional, it is about presentation rather than taste.

Chocolate Tart with almond slivers and a slice cut out

Place the tart in the fridge for at least 4 hours so it sets completely before serving. You can garnish with a variety of things, or none at all to preserve the true rich chocolate look. Enjoy!

If you prefer a fruit based tart then why not give my custard based creamy blackcurrant tart a try.

How To Decorate a Chocolate Tart

When deciding how to decorate a tart you need to realize you do not want to cover up the filling. Therefore I suggest being very minimalistic in your decorating choices. Some things I like to decorate (part of) a chocolate tart include:

  • Slivered Almonds
  • Chocolate Shavings
  • Fresh Fruit Like Raspberries Or Strawberries
  • Powdered Sugar
Chocolate Tart with almond slivers and a slice cut out

Chocolate Tart

There are not many desserts more decadent and rich than a French style chocolate tart. This delicious pastry is one of my favorite things to make for houseguests as it pairs very well with afternoon tea or post-dinner coffee.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Baking, Chocoalte Tart, Chocolate, Cremeux, Pate Sucree, Tart, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Chilling Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 477kcal
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • 1 Tart Ring Mold | or 6-12 smaller tartelette molds if you want to make individual tarts
  • 1 Baking Tray | with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • 1 Pan
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 stand mixer | optional, but makes everything much easier

Ingredients

Pate Sucree (Tart Crust)

  • 150 grams Flour All Purpose flour works well here. If you use cake or bread flour the crust may have unfavorable results.
  • 50 grams Sugar white granulated sugar is best in this recipe.
  • 110 grams Butter Use a quality butter with a higher fat percentage than standard American butter if you can find it. I recommend something above 82% fat I use 82.5% fat butter for both my sweet and savory tarts.
  • 1 large Egg Yolk
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 5 grams Vanilla Powder if you want to use vanilla extract instead then measure out just a teaspoon.
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Chocolate Cremeux

  • 120 grams Chocolate use a high quality chocolate over 70% dark. A milk chocolate will be too runny when melted and set incorrectly.
  • 120 ml Heavy Cream
  • 50 ml Milk
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 15 grams Butter

Instructions

Pate Sucree Tart Shell

  • Add the flour, salt, sugar, and vanilla powder to the bowl of a stand mixer. Quickly whisk together.
  • Add the butter and beat until you have a crumbly, sandy mixture.
  • Add the eggs and milk and mix until you have a grainy, sugar cookie style dough. Remove from the mixer and place into the fridge to chill. Note: if your kitchen is very cold you might not need to chill the dough and you can go right on to the next step.
  • Roll out your dough to about 1/3cm thickness. Drape it into your tart mold on a baking tray and press the dough into the sides so it is evenly shaped. Poke holes on the bottom with a fork. Place tray in the freezer for 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 175C or 350F
  • Place tray in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and let cool completely (1-2 hours at room temperature) before adding any filling.

Chocolate Cremeux

  • In a pan on medium heat add the butter, milk, and heavy cream. Cook until you bring the mix up to a simmer, do not allow a rolling boil or it can ruin the mix.
  • In a bowl place the high quality chocolate and pour over the hot liquid. Let sit for one minute, then stir with a rubber spatula to make a chocolate liquid.
  • In a small bowl beat together the eggs. While stirring the chocolate mixture slowly trickle in the beaten eggs. Stir constantly to prevent the eggs from setting. Then when everything is combined tap the bowl on the counter to release the air bubbles (optional) and pour into the tart shell to the top.
  • Place the chocolate tart in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set completely before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 100grams | Calories: 477kcal
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