Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart

chocolate truffle tart topped with Maldon salt

My dark chocolate truffle tart recipe is an easy and elegant indulgence ~ a chocolate-lover’s dessert for any occasion, any time of year. It’s decadent and rich, but simple to make, and easily converted to gluten free.

Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart being sliced.

my chocolate truffle tart is pure bliss

If you’re a chocolate lover, (and who isn’t? ) you know that nothing can beat ganache for pure chocolate decadence. This tart is served up with a some textural interest and flaky salt to bring out the flavor. Chocolate is, of course, appropriate year round, but there’s something I especially love about a decadent chocolate dessert in cooler months. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the holidays, the new year, or the love of your life on Valentine’s Day.

Sprinkling salt on Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart.

what you’ll need (only 5 ingredients)

The chocolate ganache filling is a simple combination of chocolate and cream, but the addition of a few tablespoons of butter doubles down on that famous silky mouthfeel.

  • dark chocolate
  • heavy cream
  • chocolate cookie crumbs ~ I use Nabisco Famous Wafers but you can really use any plain chocolate cookie you like.
  • butter
  • sea salt

buy the best chocolate for this truffle tart

  • I used a combination of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate here (8 ounces bittersweet, 4 ounces semi-sweet)
  • A special dessert like this is all about the chocolate, so it’s a good opportunity to splurge on a brand you love. I happen to prefer Ghirardelli or Lindt. You can use regular baking chocolate or good quality chocolate chips if you like.
chocolate ganache tart with sea salt

a dark chocolate cookie crumb crust helps make a seamless chocolate statement

I chose a simple press in cookie crust for this tart. It’s crumbly and crunchy, and provides a really nice textural contrast to the silky, creamy ganache. I’ve used this same crust in my Brown Sugar Bourbon Icebox Pie, and my Easy Cold Brew Icebox Pie. You could of course do a regular pre-baked pastry crust for this recipe, but the crumb crust keeps it casual and do-able.

Close up of flaky sea salt on Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart.

Maldon salt* makes the perfect garnish

Just look at the cool crystal structure on that Maldon salt! If you’re hesitant about pieces of salt that big, the flakes are super delicate and add a really nice balance to the sweetness and richness of the chocolate. If you don’t have Maldon salt, use sea salt or kosher salt.

*Malden salt is fancy English sea salt with a delicate flavor and a large crystal. Look for it with the regular salt in your supermarket.

A slice of Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart.

what to serve with this chocolate truffle tart (not that it needs anything)

  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream is always a good choice with a rich chocolate dessert ~ I added a little vanilla bean paste to mine, and just enough sugar to barely sweeten it since the tart is so rich already. A little almond extract would be delicious, too.
  • Try lightly spiking your whipped cream to bring another dimension to this dessert, bourbon, Frangelico, or Amaretto are my faves.
  • For the holidays, why not whip up a batch of cranberry whipped cream to plop on top ~ it’s gorgeous and has a lovely tart flavor which plays well with the rich chocolate.
  • Sweeten your whipped cream with a little maple syrup for Thanksgiving.
  • For a lighter version of whipped cream try my whipped Yogurt.
  • A simple, tart berry sauce also goes great with chocolate and offsets the intensity of the ganache (if you’re into that kind of thing). Most stores carry fresh berries year round, and it’s worth the splurge for a special occasion. I especially love a fresh raspberry sauce with dark chocolate. Use frozen berries if you like.
  • A drizzle of caramel sauce would really take it over the top.
  • Simple fresh berries are always appropriate!
A slice of Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart with whipped cream.

a minimalist chocolate tart with over-the-top flavor

This dessert has its priorities straight ~ the party happens in your mouth, not on the plate…and that’s as it should be. The crust is tender and crumbly and the filling is voluptuous and fudgey ~ I can guarantee it’s absolutely delicious, and the components go so well together.

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chocolate truffle tart topped with Maldon salt
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Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart

My Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart recipe is easy and elegant ~ a chocolate-lover's dessert for any occasion, any time of year.  It's decadent and rich, but simple to make, and easily converted to gluten free.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
chilling 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Calories 503kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • 10 inch tart pan

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (I used Nabisco famous wafers, and used about 3/4 of the package.)
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted

For the ganache

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I used 8 ounces bittersweet and 4 ounces semisweet, but feel free to use whatever you like)
  • 4 tbsp butter, room temperature, cut into 1 tablespoon-ish pieces.
  • 1 tbsp flaky sea salt

For the whipped cream

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 pinch salt
  • granulated sugar or powdered sugar, to taste (I used about 1 tsp granulated sugar)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • To make the crust, grind the chocolate wafers in a food processor and measure out 1 1/2 cups. Combine with the melted butter until everything is evenly moistened and the mixture feels like wet sand.
  • Press the crust into a 10-inch tart pan with a removeable bottom, and up the sides, making sure it is well packed in and even. Using the bottom of a flat measuring cup helps.
  • Bake the crust for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • To make the ganache, heat the heavy cream in a saucepan until it is just starting to simmer. Don't let it get too hot, remove when you see those first tiny bubbles.
  • Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, and let sit for a few minutes. (Exactly how long will depend on how big your chocolate pieces are. The smaller the pieces, the more quickly they will melt. You want to err on the side of not letting the cream cool down too much so that the ganache is still warm and will pour smoothly.)
  • Whisk together the chocolate and cream until the mixture is smooth and shiny. Add the butter, a couple pieces at a time, whisking well.
  • Pour the ganache into the prepared tart shell. Carefully place the tart in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before slicing. Scatter the sea salt over the top of the tart when it has set so that it doesn't sink in to the chocolate.
  • Tip: if you're worried about your knife sticking to the fudgey chocolate filling while slicing, running your knife under hot water and wiping it clean just before slicing will help get a nice clean slice.
  • To make the whipped cream, whip the cream, vanilla paste, salt and sugar together until it forms soft peaks.

Cook’s notes

  • For a gluten free version of this tart, use your favorite gluten free cookie to make the crust. You can even make your own gf chocolate wafers.
  • For a dairy free version, use coconut cream in place of dairy cream, and coconut oil in place of butter.  The flavor will of course be very coco-nutty in that case. 

Nutrition

Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1121IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 4mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Deborah
    February 2, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    5 stars
    I made your recipe and several other desserts at Christmas time and your’s was a HUGE hit w/ everyone. I’m making it again for a special birthday coming up and was wondering how long I can leave it out at room temperature? And also, does it need to be stored in the fridge and what’s it’s shelf life?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 2, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Deborah ~ I think you can leave it out the same day, no problem, but if you need to store it overnight I would stash it in the fridge. It should last several days or more there.

  • Reply
    Jayne Wenger
    January 29, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    5 stars
    Sue-what would you think of making a rhubarb topping for this tart?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 30, 2022 at 8:56 am

      Sounds interesting but I can’t quite picture it. You’d have to make a compote of some sort, and not sure how the textures would work together.

    • Reply
      Irene
      July 31, 2022 at 8:22 pm

      5 stars
      Jayne, you could put a layer of rhubarb compote between the ganache and base. i did it with raspberries. it cuts through the sweetness and so delicious.

  • Reply
    Caitlin
    January 7, 2022 at 12:24 am

    What happens if I’m a little short on the cream (like 1/4 cup short), but don’t proportionally cut back on the chocolate?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 7, 2022 at 7:58 am

      You’ll get a firmer ganache.

  • Reply
    Candy F Cole
    December 13, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    5 stars
    I have to say…you are brilliant! This Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart was a dark chocolate lover’s dream. It was utterly decadant! The ganache was silky smoothe, creamy, a dense fudgy richness (but not stick in your throat). The vanilla paste and the wafers we found at WalMart. The vanilla paste was in the specialty Wilson cake and chocolate making aisle, LorAnn Oils Pure Vanilla Bean Paste, 2 oz for $5.97. The whipped cream recipe was easy to make and delicious! This tart was not difficult to make, it just took a moment to put it together in our thoughts. My daughter-in-law made them (Emmy -so sweet) while I was talking her through it and working on the rest of our Thanksgiving dinner. Bye the way, the tart pans, I found on Amazon (Fox Run 9.5-Inch Removable Tart, Loose Bottom Quiche Pan) for $9.99 a piece. Worked great!
    I have to say, I have truly enjoyed your site. It is friendly and well written, visually appealing (fabulous photographer!), functional, grammatically correct and easy to follow. (My thirty years in marketing managment coming through.)
    My next recipes will be your Lemon Marscapone Cake and the Molasses Sandwich Cookies. YUM!
    Thank you so much for all you do for all of us!

  • Reply
    Lillyz
    December 3, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    5 stars
    To really amp up the quality of your tart try fair trade chocolate which does not use slave labor to harvest their cocoa beans. The South American chocolate, IMO is far superior in flavor to the African chocolate, as well. You can search it on Google and come up with countless small companies that make these luscious chocolates to eat and bake with. I have been using them for years. I used one for this tart and it came out fantastic. Thank you for a great recipe.

  • Reply
    Carolyn P. Bailie
    November 24, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve just put my tart in the refrigerator. I used 4 oz. each of Ghirardelli bittersweet, German sweet chocolate and chocolate chips (because that’s what I had in pantry) and this has a beautiful shine, but, how do I avoid the few bubbles (instead of having to poke them with a toothpick)? Can’t wait to see what they say at dinner tomorrow (Thanksgiving). Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Gail
    November 16, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Can you use semisweet or dark chocolate morsels? Ca I make this vegan?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      November 16, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      Yes, you can use morsels, and to make it vegan you might try using coconut cream or canned full fat coconut milk.

  • Reply
    Patty Williams
    November 12, 2021 at 6:20 am

    4 stars
    Hi Sue, When this tart is made according to the recipe the tart is wonderful. The ganache is fudgey looking rather than smooth & shiny. What chocolate would you suggest using to pour over the ganache to give the tart that wonderful shine as in the photo?

  • Reply
    Debby Gwyllt-smith
    November 8, 2021 at 9:02 am

    How do you make vanilla paste?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      November 8, 2021 at 9:06 am

      It’s difficult to make it, I have a recipe for it that I’m working on now, but I would suggest either buying it, or using vanilla extract.

  • Reply
    Susan LP
    November 8, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Can this be made in advance for Thanksgiving? If so, how far in advance and what would be the best way to store it till time to eat it?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      November 8, 2021 at 9:07 am

      You might make it up to a day in advance, and store in the refrigerator.

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