Confession #85: I Must Love Myself… Chocolate Tart {GF}

by alexandra

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So this week, I celebrated my birthday by making a Chocolate Tart.

Except this isn’t just any Chocolate Tart, because, well, just look at it. Tell me that doesn’t look sinfully rich and chocolate-y. This is serious chocolate business here, folks.

We start out with a Chocolate Graham Cracker crust, with some espresso powder added in for enhanced chocolate flavor. Tasty, but pretty innocent. Only then, we get more bold and pour in a ganache-based chocolate filling, which is so creamy, dark and decadent that you couldn’t possibly ask for anything more. After that we just get crazy, topping it all off with a ganache-based, espresso-spiked glaze that produces such a glorious glossy finish you won’t want to ruin it by slicing your first piece. But then you’ll go ahead and slice it anyway, because how can you resist?!

And that is why I must love myself – because I treated myself to this.

This Chocolate Tart seems more like something I’d expect to see in an upscale bakery or a high-end restaurant than in my own kitchen, because it’s that luxurious. The fact that it did come out of my kitchen makes me so, so happy, because, essentially, this can be mine at any time. Except not really, because I have to practice some self-control, right? But for now, I have an excuse to eat this extremely extreme Chocolate Tart, and I’m so not passing it up.

Neither should you.


Chocolate Tart

  • Yield: one 9-inch tart


This rich and luxurious Chocolate Tart is a dark chocolate lover’s dream, and with its beautiful, shiny chocolate glaze, it makes a grand appearance on the dessert table!



  • 9 chocolate graham crackers (5″x 2.5″ each)*
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cubed, plus more for buttering pan (if needed)


  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate baking chips, or 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped**
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate baking chips, or 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped**
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon hot espresso or strongly-brewed coffee


To Make the Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Break up graham crackers into smaller pieces and process to a fine consistency in a food processor. Pulse in sugar and espresso powder. Add cubed butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly with no chunks/pieces of butter visible. Press into a 9″ tart pan, making a packed, even layer of crust. (I had to use a 9 1/2″ pyrex pie dish. If you go this route, butter the pie dish.) Bake for 10 minutes, and then cool for 15-20 minutes.

To Make the Filling:

  1. Bring 1 1/4 cups heavy cream to a boil by microwaving for about 4 minutes on medium power, stirring briefly every minute. Pour boiling cream over the chopped chocolate in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and salt. Whisk chocolate and cream together until smooth, and then slowly add egg mixture, whisking in as your pour, until smooth. Pour the filling into the tart and bake at 350 F for another 18-25 minutes, until the edges are set up to 3 inches in but the center of the tart is still wobbly. (If you’re unsure about this, I would just recommend not baking any longer than 25 minutes). Let tart cool for 1 hour.

To Make the Glaze:

  1. Bring remaining 2 tablespoons heavy cream to a boil by microwaving for 45-50 seconds on medium power. Pour over chopped chocolate in a small bowl and stir until smooth (if possible). Add corn syrup and hot espresso/coffee and continue to stir until the mixture is smooth. Pour over the cooled tart, tilting the pan around as you go to spread the glaze evenly over the entire tart all the way up to the crust. The faster you can get the pan tilting, the easier it will be for the glaze to spread around. Let the tart cool for 1 hour, then serve and enjoy.


*To keep this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free chocolate graham crackers

**I used Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips, which have a cocoa content of 60%.

The tart is, of course, at its best the first day, but it is still delicious on following days. Store in refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap, and bring to room temperature before serving again. Cut each slice with a hot, clean knife for best results. Although I haven’t tried it myself, Gourmet magazine also notes that you can make the tart a day ahead of time, chill it overnight, and glaze it the second day after bringing back to room temperature.

Recipe Adapted From Gourmet via Doughpuncher

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Kare @ Kitchen Treaty September 21, 2012

Look at all those chocolate layers! Yummm. Happy birthday!
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brighteyedbaker September 27, 2012

Thank you!

Alison September 21, 2012

Wow, that looks absolutely divine!

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brighteyedbaker September 27, 2012

Thanks :) It tastes pretty divine too!

Deb September 21, 2012

Oh my! What a voluptuous treat for your birthday! And why not? Three layers of chocolate is a splendid way to celebrate, a sparkling dessert!

brighteyedbaker September 27, 2012

Why not is exactly right! Maybe three layers of chocolate is too much for some people, but for me it’s perfection. :)

Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 21, 2012

What a perfect treat for your birthday! It’s hard to go wrong with an all-chocolate dessert! :)
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Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen September 22, 2012

Oh man..I wish I had a slice of this tart right now! It looks amazing! :)
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brighteyedbaker September 27, 2012

Thank you :) I would give you a slice through the computer if I could.

Nail Art Couture September 23, 2012

I am drooling! This looks soooo delicious!! Definately sending this to my friend who loves baking!

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brighteyedbaker September 27, 2012

Yay thanks!

Hannah September 26, 2012

How luscious! Anything with a shine like that is not only eye-catching, but guaranteed to be utterly rich and decadent. Looks perfect to me! ;)
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brighteyedbaker September 27, 2012

I think I agree; shiny chocolate = yum! Haha :)
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Barbara December 26, 2012

Made this for Christmas dinner desert. Recently moved to Seattle and spent my first Christmas in my new home and being with my son and daughter in law. Wanted a very special desert and this one fits the bill. First bite all three of us just kept saying WOW!!!!!! It was not hard to make and absolute delicious. Thank you for sharing. Love your blog.

alexandra December 26, 2012

Thank you so much for the sweet comment! It makes my day. :D
I was in love with this dessert and all of it’s chocolate-y richness and I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it. I hope you get a chance to try out some more of the recipes on my blog and that you love them just as much!

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