Bittersweet Chocolate Tart {ModBak}

This is the second tart recipe in the Sweet Tarts & Pies section of The Modern Baker. Having made the press-in cookie dough, I decided to make this tart to fill it.

Although the ingredients list is very short — heavy whipping cream, light corn syrup, bittersweet chocolate, and unsalted butter — I found the instructions a bit fussy. First, the whipping cream and corn syrup are heated, then cooled. That mixture is then whisked into the chocolate, which has also been heated, then cooled. Then the whole thing is allowed to cool before whisking in the butter a bit at a time.

None of these instructions is overly complicated. What bothered me about it was all the waiting time. Heat. Cool. Heat. Cool. Mix. Cool. It just seemed kind of unnecessary. But of course, I followed the recipe, as it was my first time making it. The next time I prepare this filling, I’ll heat the whipping cream and corn syrup, pour the hot mixture over chopped bittersweet chocolate, and whisk it until the chocolate has melted. Then I’ll cool it — once — and stir in the butter.

Once the whole thing was mixed, I scraped it into the shell and refrigerated it for an hour or so. The recipe said to bring it back to room temperature, but tell me, could you resist this?

It was delicious right from the fridge. In fact, I think I liked it slightly chilled more than at room temperature, although I wouldn’t turn it down either way. Nick wasn’t exaggerating when he said this tart needs no adornment. It was so good — sweet, a little tart, richer than a sugar daddy, and perfect with the cookie dough crust.

This is definitely one that will make frequent appearances around here.



  1. May 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    […] I think it just added another layer of flavor.I know others have made this tart: Kayte, Phyl, Renee, Abby,Andrea. And I know their families enjoyed every sweet chocolatey bite, so go check out […]

  2. Kayte said,

    May 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Looks elegantly simple and it is always wonderful to have a few elegantly simple desserts in one’s arsenal. Guys loved this one, it did not last a day.

    • gaaarp said,

      May 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks. It went fast around here, too.

  3. Renee said,

    April 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Oh I loved this one too!! My post will be up this week. It was absolutely divine. My only small complaint- hmm, or is it a good thing- is that it’s so rich you can only eat one piece. Divine tart!!

    • gaaarp said,

      April 30, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      It was definitely rich. It went really well with a cup of coffee. And I found that by eating very small slices, I could overcome the richness “problem” and eat more of it!

  4. ap269 said,

    April 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Oh, btw, your Sweet Tarts and Pie link above links to the savory tarts section!!!

    • gaaarp said,

      April 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Why, yes it does. Or did — I fixed it. Thanks!

  5. ap269 said,

    April 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Also thought it was amazing straight from the fridge – I think I also mentioned that in my post. Abby said the same – so I think we should contact NM and ask him to rethink his room temperature suggestion ;o).

    • gaaarp said,

      April 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Good idea. He reads the blog from time to time, but I’ll send him an e-mail and tell him the consensus is that we like it chilled.

  6. Margaret said,

    April 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Oh, My!! All these pies and tarts are making me soooo hungry. I have got to get back into this book. Looks fantastic, Phyl.

    • gaaarp said,

      April 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks, Margaret! Jump back in — the tarts are fine.

  7. Abby said,

    April 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Loved this one! So glad to hear your adjusted plan on the methodology…I was confused why he didn’t just let the heated cream/syrup melt the chocolate…I’ll try it your way next time, too. And I completely agree: amazing at any temperature, but even more amazing straight from the fridge. Your picture makes me want to make another one now ~ so so so good. =)

    • gaaarp said,

      April 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Writing this post made me want another one, too!

  8. Pamela said,

    April 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Whoa! That looks phenomenal!

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