Fans of Nutella will love this salted chocolate hazelnut tart.
Chocolate and hazelnuts go together like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, or my boyfriend’s personal favorite- burgers and beer. Who ever concocted Nutella and started this chocolate hazelnut craze is pure genius!
I made this tart for my boyfriend’s mom’s birthday this past weekend. Since she loves chocolate, this tart fits the bill.
Birthdays cakes are so predictable. Obviously, I wanted to mix things up a bit with a nontraditional chocolate tart.
Salted Hazelnut Chocolate Tart
This tart features a crust made from a combination of hazelnuts, graham crackers, and cocoa powder. The easy filling is simply made by mixing together cream and chocolate.
I’m a fan of desserts with various textures. One tone dishes can get boring.
Luckily, this hazelnut chocolate tart keeps my palette excited. You get crunch from the crust, creaminess from the chocolate ganache filling, and additional bite from the roasted hazelnut topping.
Salted Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Yield: makes 1-9" tart or 4-5" tartlets
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1 1/2 cup ground graham crackers
- 3 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 12 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoon Maldon sea salt flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toast hazelnuts in oven for 8-12 minute until the skins begin to separate from the nut. Rub the warm hazelnuts in a clean dish towel to remove the skins.
In a food processor, grind 2/3 cup of the hazelnuts with graham crackers, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Add melted butter and pulse until moisture is distributed. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch removable bottom fluted tart pan.
Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Half way through baking, if you notice that the crust is puffing up, remove and gently press it back down using the bottom of the drinking glass. Continue to bake until the crust is dry and set. Let cool on a wire rack as you prepare chocolate filling.
In a medium sauce pot, bring cream to a boil. Remove from heat and add in chopped chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Pour into the prepared tart shell. Smooth out chocolate ganache into an even layer. Chill in refrigerator for one hour, until set.
Roughly chop the remaining 1/3 cup of hazelnuts. Sprinkle hazelnuts and sea salt flakes on chilled tart just before serving.
*Tart can be made a day ahead of time. After tart has chilled and set, cover tightly with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container in the fridge overnight. Sprinkle hazelnuts and salt before serving.
ADAPTED FROM REAL SIMPLE DEC 2010
Can’t get enough of the chocolate hazelnut combo? You might like this hot chocolate hazelnut milk or chocolate hazelnut thumbprint cookies. For a more decadent treat, this flourless chocolate hazelnut cake is super rich!