French Chocolate Ganache Tart

This Classic French Chocolate Ganache Tart is a Chocolate-lover dream dessert. It combines a crunchy Chocolate Tart Crust and a decadent Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling made from 2 ingredients only. Perfect as a fancy dessert or afternoon tea! Why we love this recipe Is there anything better than an all chocolate dessert? Not if you... The post French Chocolate Ganache Tart appeared first on A Baking Journey.

French Chocolate Ganache Tart

This Classic French Chocolate Ganache Tart is a Chocolate-lover dream dessert. It combines a crunchy Chocolate Tart Crust and a decadent Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling made from 2 ingredients only. Perfect as a fancy dessert or afternoon tea!

Why we love this recipe

Is there anything better than an all chocolate dessert? Not if you ask me... Well, it doesn't get more chocolatey than this Double Chocolate Tart!

It has the perfect combination of a crunchy, crispy chocolate pasty crust and an intense chocolate ganache filling made with no added sugar. A deliciously decadent dark chocolate pastry.

This French Tart is like an easier (but just as delicious) version of my Baked Triple Chocolate Tart. But instead of a truffle-like filling, this dessert has an incredibly fudgey texture. And trust me, it's hard to resist it!

Ingredients

Ingredients placed on a white surface.

The Tart Crust is a classic French Shortcrust Pastry (Pâte Sablée) made with the addition of Cacao Powder. It is made by combining Dry Ingredients with Wet Ingredients:

  • Dry Ingredients: Plain / AP Flour, Icing Sugar (or Powdered Sugar), a pinch of Salt and Unsweetened Cacao Powder.
  • Wet Ingredients: Cold Unsalted Butter and a medium sized Egg, at room temperature.

I do not recommend substituting any ingredients here. For the best results, I highly suggest to measure the ingredients in grams/ml instead of cups/spoons which is not always precise enough, especially when it comes to pastry.

The Ganache Tart filling is extremely easy to make with 2 ingredients only. A classic Ganache always uses the same quantity of Chocolate and Cream.

  • Chocolate: I used a 70% Dark Chocolate, but you can use any of your preferred chocolate. Simply make sure you are using Cooking Chocolate - not eating chocolate. Eating Chocolate will not melt properly and might result in a grainy, unset ganache.
  • Cream: Heavy or Thickened Cream. Do not use a Fat Free or Low Fat Cream, it would have an impact on both the taste and the texture of the ganache.

As you can see, there is no sugar added to the ganache filling so the sweetness will entirely rely on the strength of the Chocolate. If you like chocolate that is more on the sweet side, use a less intense Dark Chocolate or even Milk Chocolate.

One slice of tart on a white plate.

How to make a Chocolate Tart Crust

The first step of the recipe is preparing and baking the Tart Crust. The filling does not need to be baked so you will need to fully bake the pastry on its own before adding the filling.

  • Sift together the Flour, Salt, Icing Sugar and Cacao Powder and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the Cold Butter cut into small cubes. - Photo 1
  • Using your fingers (or a Pastry Blender), cut the Butter into the dry Ingredients by rubbing and pressing them together until you get very small crumbs and you cannot see loose powders. - Photo 2
  • Add the Egg and mix with your fingers until a soft dough comes together. You can transfer the dough on your kitchen bench to knead it if easier, but make sure not to overwork the pastry - Photo 3 & 4
  • Place the pastry between two sheets of baking paper and roll it into a large circle with a rolling pin. I rolled the pastry to be about 3 mm or 1/8 inch thick. Place on a flat tray and keep in the fridge to rest for at least 1 hour.
  • Line your Tart Pan - or Perforated Tart Ring like the one I used - then prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork. Place back in the fridge to rest for at least an hour.
  • Preheat your oven on 160'C/325'F and place the pastry in the freezer while the oven is preheating. Bake the Pastry for 30 to 40 minutes, or until fully baked. Leave to cool down completely before making the filling.

Note that I used a Tart ring that is 2 cm high / 24 cm wide or 0.75" high/ 9.75" wide. This pastry recipe will make more crust than needed to fill this tart ring, so you could use a slightly larger, or higher tart pan.

Read more about how to make this Cacao Pastry, including instruction on how to make it in the food processor, tips and troubleshooting in my Chocolate Pie Crust recipe.

Process Shot Collage: making the pastry by hands.

Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling

Once the Tart Pastry has been fully baked and had time to cool down, it is time to start making the No Bake Chocolate Tart Filling.

  • If using a Cooking Chocolate in the form of a bar, finely chop it. You can use Cooking Chocolate in the form of Callets or Chips as well. Place them in a large heat-proof mixing bowl. - Photo 1
  • Pour the Cream in a small Saucepan and place on the stove on low heat until it starts to simmer. It does not need to boil fully, but you should see some steam coming out of the pan. - Photo 2
  • Pour half of the Cream over the Chopped Chocolate and leave without stirring for 2 to 3 minutes. The Chocolate will start to melt with the heat. - Photo 3 & 4
Process Shot Collage: making the chocolate ganache for the tart filling.
  • Using a Stiff Spatula (or a silicone spatula), stir the Chocolate and Cream together in a circular movement, starting from the centre of the bowl and slowly making your way to the edges. You will still have chunks of unmelted chocolate - it's normal. - Photo 5
  • Add the rest of the hot Cream over the Chocolate and stir again in the same movement until all the Chocolate has melted and you get a smooth ganache. - Photo 6 & 7
  • Pour the warm Chocolate Ganache into the fully baked Tart Crust. If needed, use a small offset spatula (or the back of a spoon) to spread it evenly. - Photo 8
  • Place the Tart in the fridge to set for about an hour - or until the ganache has hardened. Don't forget to cover it with wrap so that the ganache does not dry out.

To finish the chocolate ganache tart, decorate with a drizzle of melted Chocolate, some fresh Berries, Cacao Nibs, Desiccated Coconut, or any of your favourite toppings!

Process Shot Collage: finishing the ganache and pouring it into the blind baked crust.

Tips to make this recipe

  • Finely Chopping the Chocolate before adding the cream is really important. It will help your chocolate melt much more quickly, and you won't need to add too much heat to it to fully melt it. Melting chocolate at a high temperature might result in a grainy ganache.
  • You can re-heat the second half of the Cream before adding it to the Chocolate if it seems to have cooled down while you where mixing the first half. Simply bring it to a simmer again (no need for a boil).
  • If some of the chocolate is still solid after adding all of the hot cream, you can either place the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds (don't leave it for more than 30 seconds at the time!), or over a Double Boiler.
  • When making the Ganache, use a Spatula to mix the chocolate and the hot cream and not a Whisk. Using a whisk will add air bubbles to the ganache, and it won't be as smooth as if mixed with a spatula.
  • Pour the Ganache into the Baked Crust straight away while still warm to get a smooth finish. If you leave it aside for too long, the ganache will start to harden.

What to serve with this Chocolate Tart

I finished the Chocolate Ganache Tart with a drizzle of Melted Chocolate, some Fresh Berries, Mint Leaves, Cacao Nibs and some Desiccated Coconut. But you can really use any of your favourite toppings and ingredients to decorate it - or leave it plain!

To serve, it will be delicious with a berry sauce like a Strawberry Coulis or Raspberry Coulis, a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, a Hot Chocolate Sauce or a Crème Anglaise (Vanilla Custard).

Tart on a round wooden board over a white surface.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a store-bought tart crust?

Absolutely - I love to make my own pastry but if you are looking for a super easy, no fuss chocolate ganache tart recipe, you could simply use a basic shortcrust pastry from the store and fill it with the homemade ganache.

What type of Chocolate to use

The strength or percentage of Cacao in the Chocolate is completely up to you and your taste - but you need to make sure you use proper Cooking Chocolate. Not eating chocolate.

There is no sugar added into the ganache filling, so you will want to use a type of Chocolate you personally enjoy eating and that is sweet (or strong) enough for you!

I used a 70% Chocolate that created a very intense filling - but if you would like it to be a bit sweeter, use a Dark Chocolate that is not as strong, or even go for Milk Chocolate instead!

Can I make this Chocolate Tart in advance?

The tart will keep will in the fridge for 24 hours. I don't recommend making it earlier than that or you will loose the crunch of the Pastry.

The pastry itself can be made and baked 1 or 2 days ahead, and filled with the ganache up to one hour before serving (or the time required for the ganache to set in the fridge).

How to store this dessert

The unfilled Pastry can be kept at room temperature, wrap in foil or plastic. Once filled with the chocolate ganache, it needs to be stored in the fridge.

I do not recommend freezing this dessert.

Flatlay photo of the tart with 3 slices cut off.

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  • Easy French Apple Tart
  • White Peach Frangipane Tart

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Chocolate Tart from above on a round wooden board.
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French Chocolate Ganache Tart

This Classic French Chocolate Ganache Tart is a Chocolate-lover dream dessert. It combines a crunchy Chocolate Tart Crust and a decadent Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling made from 2 ingredients only.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 410kcal
Author A Baking Journey

Ingredients

Chocolate Tart Crust

  • 225 gr (1 1/2 cup) Plain / AP Flour
  • 20 gr (2 tablesp.) Unsweetened Cacao Powder
  • 50 gr (1/2 cup) Icing Sugar or Powdered Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 120 gr (1/2 cup) Unsalted Butter Cold
  • 1 Egg at room temperature

Chocolate Ganache Filling

  • 250 gr (9 oz) Dark Cooking Chocolate (*)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) Thickened / Heavy Cream

Instructions

Chocolate Tart Crust

  • Sift together the Flour, Cacao Powder, Icing Sugar and Salt, place in a large mixing bowl and mix.
  • Add the cold Butter cut into small cubes. Mix it with the dry ingredients by rubbing it between your fingers (or using a Pastry Blender) until you get very fine crumbs (see note 1).
  • Add the Egg and mix it by hands in until you get a smooth, soft dough (see note 2).
  • Place between two sheets of baking paper and roll into a large circle with a rolling pin, about 3 mm or 1/8 inch thick. Dust with a little bit of flour if very sticky. Place over a flat tray and leave in the fridge to rest for at least 1 hour - or up to 24 hours.
  • Line your Tart Ring or Tart Pan (see note 3) and dock the bottom of the pastry by pricking it with a fork. Place back in the fridge for at least 1 hour - or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat your oven on 160'C. Put the Tart Ring/Pan with the Pastry in the freezer while the oven is preheating, then bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until fully baked. Set aside to cool down completely.

Chocolate Ganache Filling

  • Finely chop the Cooking Chocolate (if using a chocolate bar and not chocolate callets/chips) and place it in a large heat-proof mixing bowl.
  • Pour the Cream into a small saucepan and heat up on low heat until it starts to simmer. Pour half of the hot cream over the chopped Chocolate and leave for 2 to 3 minutes without touching it. Then using a stiff spatula or silicone spatula, stir together in small circular movements, starting from the centre of the bowl then making your way towards the edges (see note 4).
  • Pour the rest of the hot cream over the ganache (see note 5) and repeat the process, stirring in gentle circular movements until all the chocolate has melted and the cream has been incorporated. You should get a smooth, shiny ganache.
  • Directly pour the warm Ganache in the baked Tart Crust. If needed, use a small offset spatula or the back of a spoon to spread it out. Place in the fridge to set for at leat one hour, or until the ganache has hardened.
  • Optionally: when fully set, decorate with your favourite toppings like a melted chocolate drizzle, fresh berries, cacao nibs, desiccated coconut etc,...

Notes

I highly recommend using the measurements in Grams/Ml instead of Cups/Spoons for more accuracy and a better result.
I used a Perforated Tart Ring that is 2 cm high / 24 cm wide or 0.75" high/ 9.75" wide. This pastry recipe will make more crust than needed to fill this tart ring, so you could use a slightly larger, or higher tart pan instead.
For all detailed instructions, tips, troubleshooting and food processor method on the pastry, read my Chocolate Tart Crust recipe.
Ingredients Notes:
(*) Chocolate: I used a 70% Dark Chocolate, but you can use any of your preferred chocolate. Simply make sure you are using Cooking Chocolate - not eating chocolate. Eating Chocolate will not melt properly and might result in a grainy, unset ganache.
There is no added sugar to the ganache, but you can adjust the level of sweetness by choosing a sweeter type of chocolate.
Instructions Notes:
  1. You should not see any loose powders anymore. You can also use a Food Processor to make the Pastry if preferred.
  2. You might find it easier to transfer the dough over your kitchen bench to mix in the egg and 'knead' it in. Try not to overwork the pastry at this point.
  3. You might need to leave it at room temperature for a few minutes if the pastry is very cold and hard to handle. Alternatively, if the pastry seem to become too soft, place it back in the fridge for a few minutes.
  4. The chocolate won't be fully melted at this point - it is normal. Gently mix until all the cream has been incorporated into the chocolate.
  5. If the cream seems to have cooled down, reheat it up to a simmer before adding the second half. If you still have some unmelted chocolate after adding the second half of the cream, either place the ganache in the microwave (for no longer than 30 seconds at the time, stirring well each time until fully melted) or preferably over a double boiler.

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 691IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 6mg

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Misal pav, Misal recipe

Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra, made with moth beans / Spouts. The spicy gravy is served with pav.

It’s my long time wish to try misal at home. Every time I keep looking for recipe, the goda masala factor stops me from trying. Got this Organic moth beans from Wildseedsg for trying and I wanted to try this for sure first. Before I get into the recipe, I saw lot of videos in the Youtube and so confused about the recipe and method. Finally as it was easy to adapt. So this may not be an authentic one, but tastes close to it.

If I ever go to Pune again, I am trying Misal pav for sure. It sounds damn delicious the way they serve in the streets. Mine is just an adapted version that goes well with pav. I saw in some videos from popular street food options, they even serve it with bread slice. Other ways include different elements like aloo, poha, farsan, sev etc.

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Check out this video on how to make misal pav

When I saw the ingredients, I knew how it will taste, except for the masala powder used in this. The goda masala makes the difference. And if you are like me and imagining something like pav bhaji, no. It’s nothing related. This is totally different kind of spicy gravy with coconut, chilli and coriander flavour along with the main goda masala. It is supposed to be thin as I see in the other videos they show from street foods. I guess I made a bit thick.

I used Misal masala itself instead of Goda masala. But I guess it’s almost similar. You can buy in groceries if you are in India. I got Swad brand from an online grocery shop in Singapore. Unlike garam masala, we use just a little in our recipes, this is supposed to be added more for the spicy, flavorful result.

How to sprout moth beans/ Matki

Wash & soak moth beans for 10 hours minimum. Change the water and add little fresh water, say 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup. Leave it overnight covered and it will absorb all the water and already started sprouting in the morning. Just toss and keep covered. It will continue to sprout evenly. Just make sure to sprinkle water if it gets dry.

You can refrigerate after this and use as needed in the recipe.

Love the fact that it is made with legume and a better option to make Aj eat such legumes/ sprouts. This moth beans aka matki is so easy to sprout. Even green moong sprouts same way easily.

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Misal pav

Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra, made with moth beans / Spouts. The spicy gravy is served with pav.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Soaking time 1 day
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Moth beans
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Tomato large
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp Misal masala or to taste
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Jaggery
  • Salt as needed

To Roast:

  • 7 Red chilli spicy variety
  • 1/2 cup Coconut loosely filled (Dry coconut works well)
  • 2 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp Oil

To temper

  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves

To serve:

  • Pav
  • Farsan I used Kolhapuri farsan/ Mixture
  • Finely chopped onion
  • Finely chopped coriander
  • Lemon wedges

Instructions

Sprouting Matki:

  • Wash & soak moth beans for 10 hrs. Drain water, add 1/2 cup more water and keep covered another 10 hrs.
  • Moth beans absorb water and starts sprouting. Toss in between to make sure it is moist. If dry, sprinkle water. If too much water, drain excess. Do not let it dry. Once sprouted, use it in the recipe.

To make Misal:

  • Pressure cook sprouts in a small cooker directly with 1 cup water. I forgot to add salt, but recommend to add half the salt for perfect taste. Set aside.
  • In a pan, dry roast red chilli, coriander seeds until crisp.
  • Add coconut and roast until golden. I used fresh coconut, but dry coconut gives good results. Remove in a plate for cooling. In the same pan, add a tbsp of oil.
  • Tip in cubed onion and saute until turns translucent. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  • In goes cubed tomato and saute until it turns soft. Remove for cooling. Cool down and grind with 1/2 cup water smoothly. In a heavy bottomed vessel heat remaining oil.
  • Splutter mustard, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • Pour in the ground paste. Saute for 3 mins. Add turmeric, red chilli powder, misal masala powder and saute until oil oozes. Add cooked moth bean sprouts, enough salt, jaggery and 3 cups water.
  • Simmer for 10 mins. Redding oil should float on top. Switch off flame.

Video

Notes

  • Adjust spice powders according to the level of spiciness you like. But the gravy is meant to be spicy and watery.
  • You can add tamarind juice to make it tangy. I skipped as my misal masala by itself was tangy.

Misal pav step by step photos

Sprouting Matki:

  1. Wash & soak moth beans for 10 hrs. Drain water, add 1/2 cup more water and keep covered another 10 hrs.
  2. Moth beans absorb water and starts sprouting. Toss in between to make sure it is moist. If dry, sprinkle water. If too much water, drain excess. Do not let it dry.
  3. Once sprouted, use it in the recipe.
    step1-moth-bean

To make Misal:

  1. Pressure cook sprouts in a small cooker directly with 1 cup water. I forgot to add salt, but recommend to add half the salt for perfect taste. Set aside.
    step2-cooked
  2. In a pan, dry roast red chilli, coriander seeds until crisp.
    step3-roast
  3. Add coconut and roast until golden. I used fresh coconut, but dry coconut gives good results.
    step4-roasted
  4. Remove in a plate for cooling. In the same pan, add a tbsp of oil.
  5. Tip in cubed onion and saute until turns translucent. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
    step5-saute
  6. In goes cubed tomato and saute until it turns soft. Remove for cooling.
    step6-tomato
  7. Cool down and grind with 1/2 cup water smoothly.
    step7-grind
  8. In a heavy bottomed vessel heat remaining oil. Splutter mustard, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Pour in the ground paste. Saute for 3 mins.
    step8-saute
  9. Add turmeric, red chilli powder, misal masala powder and saute until oil oozes.
    step9-spice
  10. Add cooked moth bean sprouts, enough salt, jaggery and 3 cups water.
    step10-add
    step11-simmer
  11. Simmer for 10 mins. Redding oil should float on top. Switch off flame.
    step12-ready

Notes:

Adjust spice powders according to the level of spiciness you like. But the gravy is meant to be spicy and watery.

You can add tamarind juice to make it tangy. I skipped as my misal masala by itself was tangy.

Serve with Sliced Mumbai eggless pav (Suvai foods) at room temperature. No need to toast. I served with Kholhapuri farsan (Mixture), finely chopped raw onion, coriander leaves and a squirt of lemon.

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