Chocolate Tart Recipe

"With a little amaretto surpise - if you wish"

chocolate tart recipe

I found this chocolate tart recipe in the same "blue-haired-twenty-plus-year-old-cookbook" (that my grandma gave me). It's my dusty treasure of a cookbook.

This recipe is part of my amaretto recipes collection and sits in my tart recipes section. But it started this way....

Our friends invited us to dinner. They requested we bring a "small chocolate dessert". Now what does that mean exactly? Is "small" a Hershey's Kiss? Or was this a request for something other than a HUGE 4 layer chocolate torte? Although I would have loved to remake the simple Chocolate Torte Recipe , I thought putting these in the small tart pans made this a "small chocolate dessert."

This chocolate tart recipe is for a standard tart pan. But it turned out perfect in the little tart pans. I got 7 tarts from it.

If you don't have amaretto - no worries! (see the substitutions section below.) And if you are thinking of buying some - GO! I have tons of amaretto recipes on my site. And your bottle will get plenty of use here!

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Chocolate Tart Recipe

YIELD: One 9 inch tart or 7 (or so) tartlets



* 1/4 cup unsalted butter cut into cubes

* 1/4 cup sugar

* 1 cup of finely ground almonds

* 1/2 cup of flour

* 1 Tbsp Amaretto


* 3 Tbsp of flour

* 1/2 cup sugar

* dash salt

* 1 cup scalded milk

* 1 ounce UN sweetened chocolate, melted

* 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten

* 1 Tbsp butter

* 1 Tbsp amaretto


(fancy word for the whipped cream part)

* 1/2 whipping cream

* 2 Tbsp sugar

* 1 Tbsp Amaretto

* 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate


* Cream the butter and sugar until smooth.

* Add the nuts and flour - mix well.

* Add amaretto and mix until the dough forms a ball.

* Press the dough evenly into the tart pan.

* Allow the dough to rest in the freezer for 30 mins, or the 'fridge for 1 hour.

* Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the tart shell on a cookie sheet and bake for 20- . Or until golden.

* Cool for about 5 minutes then remove the rim and cool the shell completely on the rack.


* Mix the flour, sugar and salt.

* Gradually add the milk and chocolate and heat over moderate heat until the mixture reaches a boil, stirring constantly.

* Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat

* Add the egg yolks, then return to heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

* Cool slightly and add butter and liqueur.

* Pour into tart shell and cool


* 1/2 cup of whipping cream

* 2 Tbsp of sugar

* 1 Tbsp. Amaretto

Can I omit the ground almonds?

Well you can't do that with this chocolate tart recipe crust - because then you would have no crust! But if the question is about a *normal* crust versus this crust listed here - then yes, you can but.... That is what set this chocolate tart recipe apart from the normal "tarts" - the ground almonds. It gives this tart that distinct flavor that Italian dessert recipes have. But your choice ;-)

If I don't use amaretto, what else can I use?

Several things:

  • Kahlua
  • rum
  • almond flavoring
  • rum flavoring
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