Chocolate Orange Cream Tart
The lastest contest at Food52 is all about tarts, Your Best Tart to be exact, I have to say that making pies and tarts is something I love doing, I put my thinking cap on because I wanted to come up with a recipe that was a little different and creative. Buttery pastry with an assortment of fillings whether sweet or savory is comfort food at it’s best IMHO. I was already in the cream or curd mode after making the scones so I whipped up another batch just using oranges and tangerines, it has substance from the addition of cream cheese which give a little tang also, the crust is adapted from Martha Stewarts recipe for Pate Sucré. The combination of chocolate and orange has always been one of my all time favorite flavor combinations so I covered the orange cream with a ganache gently flavored with orange thanks to the addition of Grand Marnier. A simple whipped cream garnish and some candied orange zest make this a lovely dessert.
I know I posted this already but I decided to bring my little tarts to the party, Fiesta Friday #103 the big event Angie is hosting and her lovely co hosts this week are two of my all time favorites Your co-hosts this week are Sonal @ simplyvegetarian777 and Petra @ Food Eat Love. YAY!!!
Makes 9 inch tart or 6 tartlets
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
8 ounces cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
3 egg yolks from large eggs
3 tablespoons heavy cream
6 egg yolks from large eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange or tangerine juice
4 teaspoons orange zest divided
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 tablespoons cream cheese softened
4 ounces dark chocolate
4 ounces milk chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or orange liquor
Tart Crust-Put the flour, salt and sugar in the food processor, pulse to combine, add the butter and pulse until it resembles fine crumbs. Add the egg yolk and cream and pulse until the dough comes together, it will be shaggy but thats ok, test it by pinching a piece and if it holds together it’s fine. Divide in two, press into disks and refrigerate for an hour. Pre heat the oven to 375, line tart pan or tartlet pans, prick with fork and place in freezer for 30 minutes. Place a piece of parchment in the tart pan or pans and pour in pie weights or beans. Bake 20 minutes remove the parchment and weights and place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on rack.
Orange Cream-Zest the fruit and juice and set aside. In mixing bowl add the egg yolks, sugar and a pinch of salt. Beat with hand held mixer until creamy and light. Whisk in the juice and 2 tsp of zest and pour into sauce pan. Cook at medium low heat stirring constantly until the sugar has melted and it’s hot to the touch. Now add the butter one piece at a time stirring constantly until the butter is melted. Place thermometer in and continue cooking until it reaches a temperature of 175 degrees. Remove from heat. Pour through a sieve into a bowl or large measuring cup, add 1 tsp of orange zest stir to combine and cover with plastic that sits directly on top of the curd, allow to come to room temperature then refrigerate overnight. Pour the chilled curd in the blender with the cream cheese and the rest of the orange zest and blend until thick and creamy. Spoon into container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Ganache-Heat the cream to scalding, chop the chocolate and place in mixing bowl, pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth, add the liquor and stir. Let the ganache come to room temperature stirring frequently. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to thicken a bit you want the ganache to be thick but still pourable.
Assembling and serving:
tart shell or shells
whipped cream and orange zest to garnish
Spoon the chilled orange cream into the tart shell filling the shell halfway. Pour the ganache on top of the orange cream and return to the refrigerator where it needs to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and some candied orange zest.
This looks and sounds amazing! I have done something similar with key limes and white chocolate — a kind of twist on a key lime pie…. Can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for sharing!
That sounds delicious, I would love to try, is it on your blog? I love key lime pie and am a huge fan of citrus.
I finally got around to adding it here: http://myodiy.com/2016/02/05/white-chocolate-key-lime-pie/
I hope you like it!
This is so beautiful! What a surprise to find the delicious orange cream hiding under the layer of ganache!
It’s a wonderful surprise, unexpected sort of. The combination is delicious. Thank you so much.
These are so beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat 😉
LOL, I didn’t want to cut into it to show the inside of the tart. Thanks so much Jasmine.
Oh my goodness, that sounds wonderful! Thank you for showing one that has been cut open. I kept reading in suspense hoping to see the inside of one. 😀
Suzanne your photos here are every bit as much a work of art as your cooking (which is unparalleled by the way). I know it takes effort to set up a composition so perfectly. I love that you show just a hint of the oranges to the side, and the color of the flowers is the perfect contrast. And the candied orange zest really sets off the already beautiful tart.
(Not to diminish the tarts with the photos, but since I can’t eat eggs i couldn’t help feeling enthusiastic about the pictures too.) Mega hugs!
Teagan you are too kind thank you so much. You make me blush. I am so sorry you can’t eat eggs:o( Thank you!!
Wow! What a gorgeous and decadent dessert. I want one!
Ok, wish I could send you one. LOL, thanks so much Michelle.
Oh wow! You’ve outdone yourself – these look amazing. I sooo want one. How can you restrain yourself from eating them all?
They are already given away boxed and waiting. I saved one for me which I have only taken one bite of. I have to restrain myself. Thank you so much!’
Love everything about this tart, especially the different layers of orange and chocolate. Stunning. 🙂
Thank you Ronit, the layers are great together!
This really sounds so good 🙂
Thank you so much Lynne!
Oh my win-win!!! Love the combo too Suzanne…
Thank you so much Cheryl!
Are we supposed to vote on Food 52 – because you know I will!!!
It’s a process, the contest will go another 6 days I think. Then the editors pick recipes for testing, the community tests the listed recipes and sends their notes to the editors who then pick the finalist. All in all it takes a few weeks to determine who the finalists are. You are too sweet, thank you.
Looks like a contest winner to me, Suzanne! Great flavors and pretty to look at too!
Thanks so much Nancy!
Chocolate and orange is a favorite combo of tastes for me. You win!
Thanks Liz it really is a wonderful combo!!
Looks delicious Suzanne.
Thanks so much Andrea!!
Oh my word! I wish there was a way to eat thru the computer screen because I’m drooling on my keyboard. (an unladylike gesture but unavoidable)! Yum.
Thank you so much Allison, LOL.
Your tarts look amazing! Good luck in the competition xx
Thanks so much Elaine.
Wow! A beautiful and delicious tart, Suzanne! I love the combination of chocolates and orange:) The orange cream layer is such an amazing surprise here!
Thanks so much Freda, I thought it would be a really nice combination and it turned out well. I’m pleased.
It looks gorgeous and sounds super delicious! Yumm!
p.s. I’d call this a winner! 😉 Good luck!
Thank you so much :o)
That looks delicious! It has the appearance, it looks like the taste and it looks as if you could easily market it.
Thank you so much, such a sweet comment. Thank you!
Hi Suzanne, looks almost too pretty to eat, sure to be a winner, good luck!!!
And now I am so hungry! This tart sounds divine. Good luck in the contest.
This looks so decadent and scrumptious! I don’t have a single tart in my portfolio to enter into this contest. I hope you get to be a finalist! It looks like you are off to a good start. 🙂
We’ll see but even if not it was fun creating it. Make a tart and enter it you should!!!
I’m struggling to figure out what to make for dinner, let alone come up with a prize-winning tart, lol! It’s all good. 🙂
Lol!!! You have a week it may just come to you.
That sounds perfect with the buttery crust. Really could do with a large slice of it right now with a pipping hot coffee – the latter I haven’t had in several days. Think I’m suffering from caffeine withdrawal symptoms!
I could t do without coffee you are very brave!
Thanks Johnny hate typing on my phone.
These tarts look stunning Suzanne! Such a lovely orange motif carried through to the ganache! I also really like the sound of the cream cheese in the orange curd–this is a new twist. The flavour must be a perfect addition to the orange, and add more body and richness instead of more butter. I might try this Food52 contest as well. I’ve never tried a contest before, but I love making tarts so I’ll see whether I can think of something 🙂 It sounds fun!
Thank you so much, oh you absolutely should enter, your recipes are wonderful and your photography is absolutely stunning. It’s all good fun these contests and I like it because it forces me to think creatively.
It’s sounding like so much fun! I think I’ll try tidying up a tart I made not too long ago and maybe that will work.
I read this when I got home from work. Now I’m craving dessert like you wouldn’t believe! At least there is still some of Greg’s birthday cake left. Don’t tell him I’m going to eat some without him! 😉
LOL, mums the word. I love birthday cake. I would be sneaking some too!!
What a beautiful looking tart Suzanne, it surely has to be a winner! The orange and chocolate combination just pairs so well together. We’ll hopefully see your name on Food52.
Thanks Loretta, i had a nice time making the tart I really liked the challenge.
Wow Suzanne, this tart is just gorgeous. It looks so creamy, and the tart shell looks buttery and delicious. I love orange and chocolate too, and every level of this tart puts it over the top!
Thank you so much Julie. I am pleased with how the tart turned out.
I entered a German chocolate tart but I hope you win because your tart looks so much more delicious and yummy. Good luck my friend.
I saw your tarts and they look delicious and got a great review. You just never know what the editors are going to like. I have entered things I thought would at least be on the list to be tested and they didn’t even make it there. It’s ok I love the challenge. I hope yours makes it to the community testing because I will volunteer to test it. Thank you so much.
You are so sweet. I will test yours if it makes it into the community testing.
This is a dream tart Suzanne! It is so lovely looking, but wow it has orange cream and chocolate!? Yumm I wish I could sit and have a bite and a cup of coffee! This is something I really need to make!
Thank you so much Lynn, the tart turned out really well. The orange cream with the chocolate is so delicious. Would like to sit down together and have a slice with some coffee.
It looks and sounds dreamy! I love several combinations, mint and chocolate, orange and chocolate and coffee-chocolate.This looks decadent but not heavy, yummm!
It’s not heavy really I agree about all of those combinations also!
OMG! What have we got here, Suzanne? A masterpieces! The last photo shows it all. Absolutely brilliant! 🙂
Thank you so much Fae!😄
That looks AMAZING Suzanne. The beautiful orange cream looks deliciously soft, and coupled with that smooth chocolate ganache and crisp pastry? HEAVEN. I definitely want to give this a go… and I’m barracking for you to win lovely! xx
Thank you so much Laura. I am really so pleased with how this tart came out!
Absolutely lovely! I love chocolate and orange and making my own recipes with the combination.This sounds wonderful.
Thank you so much Tonette!
Looks so decadent 🙂 yummy!
Thank you so much.:o)
This looks great, Suzanne, and I bet they are delicious, too, as the combination of orange and chocolate is a great one. Do you think the recipe for the orange cream could be simplified? I think you’ll do well in the contest!
Thanks Stefan, If doing the curd it’s hard to trim the process. You could do and pastry cream which is much simpler than a curd and would be equally delicious. Thank you again.
This is absolutely gorgeous Suzanne. The combination is just perfect and good luck! 🙂
Thank you so much Linda.
I love eating tarts but I’m not super fond of making tarts because of the pastry-making process… wish I can just have one of your tarts right now, they look really good! The orange and chocolate combination is such a great and delicious combination!
Wish I could give you one Jasline, thank you so much, yes the orange and chocolate are delicious together. Thank you so much.
This has made my mouth water 🙂 such a pity I am trying to be so good after all the Christmas indulgences 🙂 I have saved for future reference LOL.. 🙂 So thank you for sharing 🙂
Thanks Sue, yes I quickly got rid of all the tarts so I would not be tempted. Saving only one which I still have only eaten part of it. Trying hard to be good. Thanks again.
🙂 LOL… ❤
I love your photographs Suzanne! The staging and setup makes them look even more mouthwatering 🙂
Thank you so much Heather. I am not really good at staging so that means a lot to me.
Same here, I love chocolate and orange together! Your tarts look divine and I love the presentation 🙂
Thank you so much Antonia. :o)
What a temptation ! – So beautful,Suzanne 🙂
Thank you so much, yes quite a temptation, so much so I had to get out of the house.
Love chocolate and orange! Such cute tarts! Yum:)
Thank you so much Sadie.
oh my Suzanne! This is one gorgeous and indulging tart. Layers of delicious Orange cream and ganache makes it very unique. Wishing you the best for the contest…. :)..
Thanks so much Sonal, hope it’s creative and not weird. I love the combination though.
Not weird at all!
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Thank you so much.
Holy cow. You have a magical talent.
You are so sweet thank you!!
Thanks so much Emma!!
These are adorable, almost too good to eat. Almost!
Almost right, I looked at them and thought the same then they got gobbled. LOL. Thanks Jenn.
That orange cream and ganache are giving me afternoon snack cravings!
LOL thanks so much!
Orange & Chocolate always go together! In fact I’ve been thinking of the winning combo a lot lately. I always get a box of citrus from my MIL every year. She grows them organically in her backyard. And there’s only so much you can eat. So, thanks for this Suzanne. You came to my rescue! 🙂 🙂
Oh, and the photos are beautiful!
Thank you so much!
I over buy fruit all the time citrus included. Don’t have a MIL or anyone I know with a citrus orchard (lucky you) when I have way too many and I am not making tarts or curd I first zest them then I juice and freeze in ice cube trays and store in ziplock bags in the freezer so I always have freshly sqeezed juice and zest. Thanks Angie I am sorry I couldn’t get something made fresh for the party but I did make a lot of tarts!!
I LOVE the tarts! I like the idea of freezing, never thought of it, I guess we take it for granted since there’s always so much. She also sent us persimmons, she has 3 trees! Unfortunately nobody likes them. I’m the only one who eats them! Got any persimmon recipes? 🙂
Thank you so much. I love the frozen cubes of juice just put them in a glass and nuke them for a few seconds until they thaw and serve for breakfast. always good. Persimmons, what kind are they fuyu or hachiya? The hachiya don’t have that astringent cotton mouth icky thing going on. Blech…. I have used persimmon like pineapple and made a persimmon upside down cake. Delicious.
Oh my Gosh…this is just a killer Suzanne. … lovely combo – chocolate and orange – am just drooling by looking at the ingredients….awesome
Thanks so much Chitra :o)
this looks so stunning!
Thank you so much!
U r tempting this yummy desserts Suzanne.. Looks super delish
Thank you so much Vidya!!
I’d love to make that! yum!!!
Thank you so much!!
I too find the combination of orange and chocolate irresistible! The chocolate orange tart looks so delectable! Happy weekend!
Thanik you so much Suchitra, I do too, love chocolate and orange.
Such beautiful, delicate little tarts! I bet they tasted as amazing as they look 😀
They were really good, thanks so much Justine. Hope you are safe and warm!!
Stunning and looks irresistible!
Thank you so much!
What a lovely tart- you are so creative!!!
The combination of chocolate and orange will never go out of style – this tart sounds really good, Suzanne. I wish you could send me some. 😀 Happy FF103! x
I wish I could make desserts well. Excellent job!
And I wish I could make charcuterie!! Thank you so much!!
Yummy dessert – two of my favorite ingredients together. Comfort food at its best!
Thank you so much Judi!!
I always say I would chose cheese over cakes but in this case, who cares about cheese?! Move over, one of these delicious tarts has my name on it! They look stunning and I wonder if I could actually make them myself. It might cure my dislike of baking because I really want one! 🙂 Happy Fiesta Friday!
Thank you so much Petra they are delicious and very easy to make. You would make them beautifully
Thank you! I might have to give it a go! I hope you are ok and not completely snowed in! Apparently we will get some of your weather here in the UK but in the shape of rain!
Oh no hope it’s not too cold, I would gladly have taken rain rather than 30 inches of snow.
choc orange anything is my very fav. These tarts look amazing – just perfect. Hope you’re staying safe in that crazy snow storm.
Thank you so much me too, love chocolate and orange. It’s one of my favorite flavor combinations. Yes the snow storm left us buried here but today we started digging out. Exhausted.
Suzanne, you have outdone yourself! Your baking and especially the tarts are just picture perfect to begin with and this one reaches to an even greater height! Wow! You are an inspiration to me.
Thank you so much and how kind of you. You make me blush. Thank you!!
This looks amazing! Gorgeous and I bet it tastes out of this world.
I loved how it tasted, I am a real fan of chocolate and orange together. Thank so much Virgina!!
That is a hard to beat flavour combination!
Hey there! I nominated you for the one lovely blog award! You can check it out on my page!
Oh you are so sweet thank you so much, I will try to post something as soon as I can. I think you are so talented and so deserving of the award. It is such a wonderful validation when our piers recognize us. Thank you so much.
Aw thank you!
This tart is moutwatering! I, too, love the combination of orange and chocolate. Have you ever had Terry’s Chocolate Orange? I love it! Just this week I was out with friends for tea and I was served a Terry’s chocolate to eat with it. I was really excited only to discover it was chocolate mint which, while lovely, is no chocolate orange! I love the presentation and the way you combined orange and chocolate throughout. I am sure you will do really well in the contest -can’t wait to find out how it goes. Good luck!
Maggie that is so sweet of you to say thank you so muich. I have never had Terry’s chocolate but now I am going to have to seek it out. Chocolate and orange are so wonderful together. Thank you again.
You are very welcome! Hope you find it! If you can’t let me know and I can always send you some.
You are so sweet thanks, I looked it up online and found it, supposedly Target carries Terry’s Chocolate Orange and I go to Target just about every Saturday so I am going to get it if its there. If not I can order from Amazon. There was a chocolatier in Washington DC that I used to go to that had chocolate covered mandarin orange slices, dipped while you stood there, it was such a treat and I didn’t want to walk away from the counter. I could have lived there. Thank you so much Maggie and I cannot wait try Terry’s. Thank you.
Oh Suzanne, you’ve simply outdone yourself! I haven’t popped over to Food52 in so long! I hope the voting isn’t over yet as I NEED to vote for yours as I’m sure it has to be in the running!! If not, something is amiss! (I’m going to start thinking of you anytime there’s something chocolate and orange!) 🙂
I feel like I sound like a broken record with my chocolate and orange but can’t help it I love the combination so much. Thanks so much Christina.
Oh no! I love it, too! Don’t stop!! 🙂
This is irresistible Suzanne!! I am making this the first time I have someone to enjoy it with me! My favorite photo is the one with the tart cut open so you see the orange cream inside. And I love the bright orange zest to garnish. It’s beautiful and I adore those flavors together as well. I don’t have little tart pans– Have you made it as a 9″ tart?? Does it cut smoothly. I’ll let you know when I make it. thanks friend!! xo
Thanks so much Rhonda yes you can make it in a 8 or 9 inch pan. It is really good and I hope if you make it you like thanks so much!😄
Going to try it Suzanne! thanks.
This looks and sounds delish! I love the chocolate and Orange combo. I make a mean Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cheese cake, gonna have to give this tart a go.