Dominic Chapman’s lovely chocolate tart is a simple-to-make dessert that would be a wonderful finish to a meal. The orange zest and chopped hazelnuts are delicious additions to the tart base, as both are fabulous taste partners with chocolate. The trimoline required for this rich chocolate tart recipe is available from specialty food stores, but if you don’t have it on hand, you can substitute it with honey, being aware different honeys can impart different flavours in the filling

Start by making the tart base. Cream the butter and icing sugar together, then add the flour, hazelnuts, salt and zest. Add 30g of the beaten egg and slowly mix together until it forms a dough. Lightly need to form a ball, wrap in cling film and rest for 1 hour in the fridge before use
Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Remove the pastry dough from the fridge and roll it out onto a flat work surface to a thickness of 5mm. Use a 23cm loose bottomed tart tin and line with great proof paper. Next, carefully line the tin with the rolled pastry
Brush the tart base with the egg wash and blind bake until the tart is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool while you make the chocolate filling
Baking blind
Before you blind bake the pastry, pierce it with a fork. You can allow the pastry to rest for at least 20 minutes before baking. Cut a circle of greaseproof paper that's at least 2cm larger than the case, place on top of the pastry and fill with baking beans before putting it in the oven
For the filling, place the chocolate pistoles in a large mixing bowl. In a pan, heat the trimoline with the cream until hot, being careful not to boil. Once hot, pour it over the chocolate pistoles and stir until the chocolate has melted. Once the chocolate has melted, add butter and continue to stir until fully melted
Spoon a little chocolate filling around the edges of the tart base to fill in any holes. Allow this chocolate to set in the fridge, then pour in the rest of the chocolate mix to fill the ring
Place the chocolate tart to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight. To serve, use a hot knife to cut the tart into slices
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Chocolate tart base

  • 155g of butter, plus more for greasing the tart tin
  • 100g of icing sugar
  • 75g of hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • 200g of flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp of orange zest

Chocolate tart filling


  1. Tart tin with removable base

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This chocolate tart recipe from Dominic Chapman is a simple-to-make tart that yields brilliant results. Wonderful chocolate flavours combine with orange and hazelnuts.

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I like the chocolate part, but not so sure about the base. Would use the chocolate part as a mousse.
10 January 2013