Chocolate tart for your sweetheart

Chocolate tart | A Sweet MuddleHappy Valentine’s Day my friends! This here is a special little something from me to you. 

Whether you’re planning on spending a romantic evening with your special someone, or a whole bunch of special someones, this Chocolate tart is a sure fire way to set the scene this Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate tart | A Sweet Muddle

 It certainly ticks all the boxes for a Valentine’s treat.  Chocolate (tick).  Heart shapes present (tick).  Indulgent (tick).  And if you’re short on time, it ticks a few more as well.  Simple (tick).  Quick (tick).  Tasty (tick. tick.)!

Chocolate tart | A Sweet Muddle

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a chocolate tart for a long time now, so it seemed the perfect thing to bake this week.

Chocolate tart | A Sweet Muddle

For the pastry I modified my sweet pastry recipe by adding a some cocoa (but if you’re really short on time, you can always cheat and use store bought pastry although it just won’t be chocolate).  I looked at a number of recipes for the filling, and in the end opted to use Jamie Oliver’s recipe.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. x 

Chocolate tart

A deliciously rich and bitter sweet chocolate tart

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For the pastry
  1. 150 g plain flour
  2. 80 g icing sugar
  3. 30 g cocoa powder
  4. 100 g cold, unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1-2 tbsp iced water
For the filling
  1. 300 ml double cream
  2. 2 tsp caster sugar
  3. A pinch of sea salt
  4. 50 g butter
  5. 200 g dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa), broken into small squares
  6. 50 ml milk
For the pastry
  1. Sift the flour, icing sugar and cocoa into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter cubes and, using your fingers, gently work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs*.
  3. Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract and just enough water to bring the mixture together in large clumps.
  4. Knead the dough very lightly and shape into a round ball, taking care not to overwork.
  5. Flatten the ball into a round disc, then wrap in cling-film and place in the fridge to rest for at least 1 hour or until ready to use**.
  6. Preheat an oven to 180C and lightly grease a 35 cm x 13 cm rectangular tart tin.
  7. Roll out the pastry on a clean, lightly floured surface and use it to line the tart case, leaving the excess to hang over the sides.
  8. Line the pastry with baking paper, fill with ceramic baking beans and blind bake for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 15 minutes. Trim the excess pastry from the edges.
For the filling
  1. Place the cream, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and bring to the boil then immediately remove from the heat.
  2. Add the chocolate and butter and stir until the ingredients are combined. Leave to rest for a couple of minutes before stirring in the milk.
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture into the tart shell and refrigerate until set (approximately 30-60 minutes).
  4. To serve, remove the tart from the tart tin and scatter with fresh raspberries.
  5. Serves 8-10.
  1. *You can use a food processor for this step if you have one.
  2. **The pastry should keep in the fridge for a week, and up to about 2 months in the freezer. If you do freeze your pastry, take it out of the freezer the night before you intend to use it and place it in the fridge until ready to roll out the next day.
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10 Comments on Chocolate tart for your sweetheart

  1. Sonny
    22/02/2015 at 12:45 am (9 years ago)

    That is the most beautiful dessert I a have ever seen! It looks like a piece of art! Thank you for sharing such a fabulous piece of art!

    • Rachel
      22/02/2015 at 7:46 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks Sonny 🙂 I’m so pleased you like it! It was beautiful (not to mention delicious!) and if you don’t mind making your own pastry, it is actually really simple to make. If you’re tempted to give it a try yourself, be sure to let me know how it turns out!

    • Rachel
      16/02/2015 at 9:03 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks Thalia, I was really pleased with how it turned out! Thankfully I had a lot of people to share it with because as you can tell by the recipe, it’s very rich!

  2. Laura@Baking In Pyjamas
    16/02/2015 at 12:23 am (9 years ago)

    So beautiful Rachel, I love how glossy that chocolate is, it looks divine.

    • Rachel
      16/02/2015 at 9:02 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks Laura 🙂

  3. Jolena @TheRubyKitchen
    15/02/2015 at 1:03 pm (9 years ago)

    I love the glossy look of the tarts filling. Rectangular tarts are so fun and this is just beautiful!

    • Rachel
      15/02/2015 at 5:39 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Jolena 🙂 I’ve been wanting to make a rectangular tart for the longest time now so was pleased to finally give it a go. I really love the shape, so it won’t be the last either! I used a Jamie Oliver recipe for the filling and was pleasantly surprised at just how glossy it was!

  4. Medeja
    14/02/2015 at 12:59 pm (9 years ago)

    Those raspberries on chocolate look so perfect.. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s day!

    • Rachel
      14/02/2015 at 1:36 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Medeja 🙂 Happy Valentine’s day to you too!


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