Raspberry Chocolate Tart Recipe: The Perfect Valentine’s Day Dessert

Imagine a buttery chocolate pastry crust so crisp you hear it snap as you cut into it with the side of a fork.  It’s filled with sweet yet tangy homemade raspberry jam that’s smothered in a rich chocolate ganache filling tasting  like the most expensive chocolate pudding in the world.  The creamy chocolate goodness is topped with plump and juicy raspberries that spurt juice into your mouth with every bite, and finished with the finest dusting of powdered sugar, like the sprinkling of the last snow of the season.

Now stop imagining, because I promise, you can make this!


Trust me!  It sounds expensive, extravagant, and experience requiring (sorry, only other “E” word I could think of) but it’s not.  This chocolate raspberry tart is so easy to make, that I did it while I was sick with bronchitis (or something like that, I’m seeing a doctor tomorrow).  It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert, but tastes great year round.  I decided it was definitely meant for my Valentine, because as I spooned the jam into the shell, it made a perfect heart all on its own!

I made these as a surprise for Eric, told him I had a wonderful dessert made for him, and then gasped in shock as he asked “Is it Chocolate Raspberry Tartlettes?”.  That’s when he pointed to the Art and Soul of Baking cookbook I had left open on the chair next to the kitchen.  Umm, yes, that’s one way to spoil a surprise.  Fortunately there was no photo in the book, and so he was still super impressed when I presented him with the tart.

There are two things you must make from scratch for this recipe, the crust, and the ganache.  Ganache sounds fancy, but it’s simply heavy cream and chocolate.  We’re talking decadent!  This was my first time making it, and I have to confess that I started eating it with a spoon. *OINK!*  It takes only a few minutes to make ganache and I think it’s my new favorite filling, icing, pudding, condiment, whatever.

The crust is really simple, I made it the night before and pressed it into the pans immediately so that they’d be ready to bake and fill the next day.  I’m used to a chocolate crust being made from crushed chocolate cookies, but this was SO much better.  Not only do I know exactly what ingredients are in it (unlike cookies from a store), but the cocoa powder I used gave it a more subtle but better flavor.

The original recipe is for making fifteen 2.5 inch mini tartlettes. I made three 4.5  inch tarts, but even if you don’t have tart pans, you can still use this recipe.  Simply press the crust into a small pie pan and follow the same instructions without dividing everything into thirds.  I like this better as a tart because it looks so beautiful, but it works great as chocolate pie.

The quality of this dessert depends on your ingredients.  I had some high quality cocoa powder and dark chocolate on hand from a previous recipe, but you can use what you find in a local grocery store.  If you have a Trader Joe’s, their Pound Plus dark chocolate is one of my favorites for baking.  It’s also CHEAP!  Godiva cocoa powder is a great option for the crust.  If you have homemade raspberry jam like I did, more power to you!  If not, just use store bought.

The little touches make a big difference, make sure you brush the raspberries with warm jam.  It seems like a little step, but really makes them glow and brings out their juiciness.  Also, dusting it with powdered sugar makes a big difference in presentation (and can cover up any flaws in the setting of your ganache).  Okay, enough of my gabbing, get in the kitchen!

Chocolate Raspberry Tart Recipe *

makes three 4.5 inch tarts

Ingredients

1 stick (4 oz) softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup raspberry jam
4 oz semisweet dark chocolate finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
6 ounces fresh raspberries
1/2 tsp water
powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

Beat butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy.  Use a spatula to scrape down the bowl and beat another minute if there are any lumps of butter left.  Add the egg yolk, beat well, and scrape down the sides again.

Add the flour and cocoa powder, beat on the lowest speed until dough has just come together (but still has small to medium clumps) and looks moist with a dark uniform color.  Scrape down the bowl and use the spatula to incorporate anything that isn’t mixed in.

Divide dough into three parts and place into three 4.5 inch tart pans with removable bottoms.  Use the heel of your hand to evenly press dough and spread along the bottom of the pan and up the sides. ( if you’re having trouble, refrigerate the dough 15 minutes before pressing)

Use a knife to cut off any dough the rises above the top of the pan, and save dough for repairs.  Place the dough filled pans into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  (It can keep 3 days in fridge and 6 weeks in freezer).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the lower third.  Place dough filled pans on a cookie sheet and bake in lower third for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and use leftover dough to repair any cracks.  Bake another 8 minutes.

Remove tart pans to a cooling rack and use the rounded side of a spoon to press the center down and make more room for filling.  Let cool completely (you can do this in refrigerator for faster results).

Set a TBS of the jam aside in a small bowl or glass.  Spoon 1/3 of remaining jam into each tart crust and spread to cover the bottom.

Put chopped chocolate into a heat safe bowl and the heavy cream in a small saucepan.  Heat the cream until it just starts to boil, then pour it over the chocolate.  Begin whisking gently to blend completely and melt all the chocolate.  Pour 1/3 of the ganache into each crust.

Refrigerate the tarts for at least 1 hour, until the filling is firm.  Remove from fridge and arrange raspberries on top of each tart.

Mix reserved TBS of jam with the 1/2 tsp of water and heat in a microwave for about 15 seconds.  Brush this jam mixture onto the tops of the arranged raspberries (just enough to make them shiny!).  Serve immediately or refrigerate until you’re ready.  Use a mesh strainer to sift a dusting of sugar onto the tarts just before serving.

*(adapted from The Art & Soul of Baking)

Approximate cost/serving:  Raspberries were the most expensive ingredient at $4.  This will be cheaper once they’re really in season.  The whole recipe cost me $6.10 to make 3 tarts.  Each one easily feeds 2 people, even 3 people!  If you have 2 people per tart, that’s just $1 a serving for a decadent dessert!

Vegetarian: There are eggs, butter and cream, but no meat of course.


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27 Responses to “Raspberry Chocolate Tart Recipe: The Perfect Valentine’s Day Dessert”

  1. Rachel
    February 12, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    Wow!! Those look amazing! We have a few raspberry bushes in our back yard. I will be making this recipe for sure this summer when they are ready.

    • Dave
      January 24, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Why am I the only guy looking at these deserts? I love making fancy deserts for my lady

  2. Kare
    February 12, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Looks delish. And I love how you demystify stuff that sounds complex – but really isn’t!

  3. Becky
    February 12, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    Looks great! And you make it sound completely doable. I’ll definitely be trying this one. And, like Rachel, can’t wait til my raspberries are ready.

  4. Tessa
    February 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    Wow that looks so indulgent and delicious! The combination of chocolate and raspberries is perfect.

  5. Dina
    February 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    looks delicious! great for the holiday!

  6. amy
    February 19, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    although valentine’s day is soooo over and i dont exactly celebrate it, i know i WILL bake this because i definitely cant get it out of my head! :)

  7. Monika
    March 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    this looks soooo yummy….

  8. tetzky
    November 7, 2010 at 1:39 am #

    looks so yummy…lurrrvvvvveeee it soo mwach!

  9. livvy
    November 22, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    this is the bast tart iv tasted

  10. Jeanne @JollyTomato
    February 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    LOVE this recipe! I included it in our “Valentine’s Day WITHOUT Food Coloring” story on Jolly Tomato. http://bit.ly/eSWVgM
    Cheers!
    Jeanne

  11. Mikki
    September 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Making it for my friend’s birthday. Thanks for the great recipe she will LOVE it!!

  12. jen.xoxo
    February 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Thank you for the great recipe and pretty pictures, which was very helpful for a visual person like me.

    Made these yesterday. These were the very first tarts I’ve ever made and they’re just wonderful. Tried it with fresh raspberries instead of the jam, just to see how it would turn out. Think the raspberry jam would be the magic touch for a complete finish.

    Gonna try again to make sure I can make perfect tartletts for Valentine’s Day :)

    • diana
      February 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      You’re so welcome Jen! Really glad you liked them, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  13. Stacey
    February 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    This looks delicious! I wanted to let you know that I linked to this post on my blog post “21 Delicious Desserts for Your Valentine”.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    Stacey

    http://iwanttomakethis.com/2012/02/21-delicious-desserts-for-your.html

    • diana
      February 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Thanks Stacey!

  14. Mini
    April 10, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    These were absolutely delicious! Made them with smaller tart pans but everything turned out absolutely wonderful. Thank you for the recipe!

  15. Ju
    January 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Hello there!
    Just want to say thank you for providing this wonderful recipe!
    Execution of this recipe was absolutely simple, not to mention fun.
    The chocolate crust came out very buttery and crunchy (just how i like ‘em~)
    All of the components – ganache, jam, and the crust compliment each other very well.
    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, these will be a perfect addition to my gift basket.
    Thanks again! :-)

  16. Max
    October 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I have a question! I want to use this crust with a pumpkin cheesecake that bakes in the crust for 1 hour. Would it hurt this crust to make it for that long at 350º?

    • Diana
      October 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      That’s a good question Max, and I don’t know the answer! That said, I think it might be okay. In this recipe, they are baked before filling. I think if you had it filled, it would need to bake longer. Also, you could try covering the edge with a strip of foil to keep it from burning. I would love to hear how it turns out!

  17. Kathy
    February 2, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Made this for a party, in a ceramic tart dish, and the crust stuck to the pan very badly. It really needed parchment paper or a removable pan.

    • Diana
      February 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Thanks for the tip Kathy. All my tart pans have removable bottoms so I didn’t think to put a note about that. Thank you for letting me know and so sorry it stuck to the pan for you. That must have been frustrating!

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