Salted Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Fans of Nutella will love this salted chocolate hazelnut tart. 

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.

Chocolate Hazelnut 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.

For easy tart unmolding, use a tart shell with a removable bottom. I suggest this 9-inch tart shell or this set of mini tartlets pans

Salted Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Yield: makes 1-9" tart or 4-5" tartlets

Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3.  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.

  4. 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.

  5. Roughly chop the remaining 1/3 cup of hazelnuts. Sprinkle hazelnuts and sea salt flakes on chilled tart just before serving.

Recipe Notes

*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!

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whilehewasout

These tarts look divine! I’m a big fan of the cracker base, so easy and delicious, and that chocolate filling? wow, yummy. Very lucky to have such a family ;)

    Maryanne

    Thanks! Chocolate is one of my weaknesses. :)

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

Yum, your tarts look and sound amazing!

    Maryanne

    Thanks, Rosie! I love your chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes!

jeannie tay

Wow! I love the look of these tarts…usually we see golden tarts, not chocolate ones!

    Maryanne

    Thanks, Jeannie! :)

ron

I’m looking forward to trying this one!

    Maryanne

    Enjoy, Ron!

CateyLou

Wow, this looks amazing! I love chocolate and hazelnut, and add sea salt….heaven!

    Maryanne

    Thanks! A touch of salt makes everything taste better!

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