Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Tart {ModBak}


The 12th recipe in the Sweet Tarts & Pies section of The Modern Baker is one that Sara couldn’t wait to make. And having tried it, I can see why. This is one of those recipes that will make a master pastry chef out of you — at least in the eyes of your family and friends. And it’s one of the recipes that proves what a master Nick Malgieri is at his craft. Not only does he create amazing recipes, he writes them in a way that makes them easy to follow with stunning results.

I began by heating cream and sugar in a pan. Once the sugar had dissolved, I whisked in butter, then removed the pan from the heat and added bittersweet chocolate. I let the mixture sit for a minute, then whisked the chocolate and cream together.

In a separate bowl, I whisked together eggs, orange zest, and dark rum, then whisked in the chocolate. I poured the filling into a crust made from nut tart dough, then scattered chopped toasted hazelnuts on top.

I baked the tart in a 350°F oven for about 25 minutes, until the crust was baked through and the filling set. I cooled the tart, then prepared a bittersweet chocolate and butter mixture to drizzle on the top. The recipe says to melt the butter and chocolate together, then put it in a cone or bag to drizzle on the tart.

I put the unmelted chocolate and butter in a ziplock bag, then put it in the microwave to melt them together.

I squished the bag to mix the chocolate and butter, then snipped of the corner of the bag. It was easy to drizzle the chocolate mixture on top of the tart, and it gave it a professional, finished look.


This tart is delicious — rich, chocolately, not too sweet — and the orange and rum give it a great depth of flavor. And who doesn’t love hazelnuts?

If you don’t have Nick’s book yet, this tart is reason enough to buy it. Bake this tart and take it to your next dinner party or family get-together. I guarantee it will be a showstopper. It’s so simple to make, you’ll be almost embarrassed when everyone carries on about what a great baker you are.




  1. June 29, 2011 at 8:07 am

    […] Cream, Pastry dough, sweet tart, Tart, Tart dough, Wheat berries After the simple and stunning chocolate orange hazelnut tart, the next recipe I made from the Sweet Tarts & Pies section of the Modern Baker Challenge was […]

  2. Sara said,

    June 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Agreed, agreed, agreed, but you knew that. I think you sum it up just right: this is the recipe that makes a master pastry chef out of you. And I think this is one of my husband’s all-time favorites.

    • gaaarp said,

      June 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      I signed up to take a dessert to work this week. I think it might have to be this one.

  3. Renee said,

    June 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I totally agree. It’s so simple and it was absolutely delicious!! This was a huge favorite of mine- unexpectedly too because I usually am not an orange-chocolate person.

    • gaaarp said,

      June 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      I don’t dislike orange and chocolate together, but it’s not something I rush out to get, either. So I, too, was pleasantly surprised by this combination.

  4. June 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

    […] water — with the addition of 1/2 cup of chopped nuts. Since I was making this dough for the chocolate orange hazelnut tart, I naturally used hazelnuts in the […]

  5. Kayte said,

    June 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Guys here loved this one, too. Nice trick re that chocolate butter melting thing…one wouldn’t have to even touch any of it. If one didn’t want to, right? It all looks great. Now what’s next? tee hee

    • gaaarp said,

      June 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      We really liked it here, too.

      Up next — FFwD Roasted Rhubarb

  6. Abby said,

    June 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Yay, a new post!!! =) We loved this one, too, and I totally agree that it’s the perfect recipe to make you look and feel like a master baker. I’d love a bite from that top picture, please.

    • gaaarp said,

      June 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      It has been long enough since I made this, it may just be time to bake another one.

  7. Cher said,

    June 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I like the flavor combination on this one… I am guessing it didnt’ last very long!

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