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Chocolate Orange Cream Tart

 

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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
Pate Sucré
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
Orange 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
Ganache
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.

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Assembling and serving:
tart shell or shells
Ganache
orange cream
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.

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155 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lisa Sarnes Bonner #

    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!

    January 20, 2016
  2. This is so beautiful! What a surprise to find the delicious orange cream hiding under the layer of ganache!

    January 20, 2016
    • It’s a wonderful surprise, unexpected sort of. The combination is delicious. Thank you so much.

      January 20, 2016
  3. These are so beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat 😉

    January 20, 2016
    • LOL, I didn’t want to cut into it to show the inside of the tart. Thanks so much Jasmine.

      January 20, 2016
  4. 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!

    January 20, 2016
    • 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!!

      January 20, 2016
  5. Wow! What a gorgeous and decadent dessert. I want one!

    January 20, 2016
  6. Oh wow! You’ve outdone yourself – these look amazing. I sooo want one. How can you restrain yourself from eating them all?

    January 20, 2016
    • 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!’

      January 20, 2016
  7. Love everything about this tart, especially the different layers of orange and chocolate. Stunning. 🙂

    January 20, 2016
  8. This really sounds so good 🙂

    January 20, 2016
  9. Oh my win-win!!! Love the combo too Suzanne…

    January 20, 2016
    • Thank you so much Cheryl!

      January 20, 2016
      • Are we supposed to vote on Food 52 – because you know I will!!!

        January 20, 2016
      • 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.

        January 20, 2016
  10. Looks like a contest winner to me, Suzanne! Great flavors and pretty to look at too!

    January 20, 2016
  11. Chocolate and orange is a favorite combo of tastes for me. You win!

    January 20, 2016
  12. Looks delicious Suzanne.

    January 20, 2016
  13. okiewinegirl2015 #

    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.

    January 20, 2016
  14. Your tarts look amazing! Good luck in the competition xx

    January 20, 2016
  15. 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!

    January 20, 2016
    • Thanks so much Freda, I thought it would be a really nice combination and it turned out well. I’m pleased.

      January 20, 2016
  16. It looks gorgeous and sounds super delicious! Yumm!

    January 20, 2016
  17. p.s. I’d call this a winner! 😉 Good luck!

    January 20, 2016
  18. That looks delicious! It has the appearance, it looks like the taste and it looks as if you could easily market it.

    January 20, 2016
  19. Hi Suzanne, looks almost too pretty to eat, sure to be a winner, good luck!!!

    January 20, 2016
  20. And now I am so hungry! This tart sounds divine. Good luck in the contest.

    January 20, 2016
  21. 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. 🙂

    January 20, 2016
    • We’ll see but even if not it was fun creating it. Make a tart and enter it you should!!!

      January 20, 2016
      • 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. 🙂

        January 20, 2016
      • Lol!!! You have a week it may just come to you.

        January 20, 2016
  22. 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!

    January 20, 2016
  23. 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!

    January 20, 2016
    • 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.

      January 20, 2016
      • 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.

        January 24, 2016
  24. 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! 😉

    January 20, 2016
    • LOL, mums the word. I love birthday cake. I would be sneaking some too!!

      January 20, 2016
  25. 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.

    January 20, 2016
    • Thanks Loretta, i had a nice time making the tart I really liked the challenge.

      January 20, 2016
  26. 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!

    January 20, 2016
    • Thank you so much Julie. I am pleased with how the tart turned out.

      January 20, 2016
  27. 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.

    January 20, 2016
    • 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.

      January 20, 2016
      • You are so sweet. I will test yours if it makes it into the community testing.

        January 21, 2016
  28. 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!

    January 20, 2016
    • 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.

      January 20, 2016
      • 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!

        January 20, 2016
      • It’s not heavy really I agree about all of those combinations also!

        January 20, 2016
      • yumm

        January 21, 2016
  29. OMG! What have we got here, Suzanne? A masterpieces! The last photo shows it all. Absolutely brilliant! 🙂

    January 20, 2016
  30. 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

    January 20, 2016
    • Thank you so much Laura. I am really so pleased with how this tart came out!

      January 20, 2016
  31. Absolutely lovely! I love chocolate and orange and making my own recipes with the combination.This sounds wonderful.

    January 20, 2016
  32. Looks so decadent 🙂 yummy!

    January 21, 2016
  33. 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!

    January 21, 2016
    • 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.

      January 21, 2016
  34. This is absolutely gorgeous Suzanne. The combination is just perfect and good luck! 🙂

    January 21, 2016
  35. 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!

    January 21, 2016
    • Wish I could give you one Jasline, thank you so much, yes the orange and chocolate are delicious together. Thank you so much.

      January 21, 2016
  36. 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 🙂

    January 21, 2016
    • 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.

      January 21, 2016
  37. I love your photographs Suzanne! The staging and setup makes them look even more mouthwatering 🙂

    January 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much Heather. I am not really good at staging so that means a lot to me.

      January 21, 2016
  38. Same here, I love chocolate and orange together! Your tarts look divine and I love the presentation 🙂

    January 21, 2016
  39. What a temptation ! – So beautful,Suzanne 🙂

    January 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much, yes quite a temptation, so much so I had to get out of the house.

      January 21, 2016
  40. Love chocolate and orange! Such cute tarts! Yum:)

    January 21, 2016
  41. 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…. :)..
    Hugs

    January 21, 2016
  42. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    looks amazing!!!

    January 21, 2016
  43. Holy cow. You have a magical talent.

    January 22, 2016
  44. Stunning!

    January 22, 2016
  45. These are adorable, almost too good to eat. Almost!

    January 22, 2016
    • Almost right, I looked at them and thought the same then they got gobbled. LOL. Thanks Jenn.

      January 22, 2016
  46. That orange cream and ganache are giving me afternoon snack cravings!

    January 22, 2016
  47. 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! 🙂 🙂

    January 22, 2016
    • Oh, and the photos are beautiful!

      January 22, 2016
    • 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!!

      January 22, 2016
      • 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? 🙂

        January 22, 2016
      • 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.

        January 22, 2016
  48. Oh my Gosh…this is just a killer Suzanne. … lovely combo – chocolate and orange – am just drooling by looking at the ingredients….awesome

    January 22, 2016
  49. this looks so stunning!

    January 22, 2016
  50. U r tempting this yummy desserts Suzanne.. Looks super delish

    January 22, 2016
  51. I’d love to make that! yum!!!

    January 23, 2016
  52. I too find the combination of orange and chocolate irresistible! The chocolate orange tart looks so delectable! Happy weekend!

    January 23, 2016
  53. Such beautiful, delicate little tarts! I bet they tasted as amazing as they look 😀

    January 23, 2016
    • They were really good, thanks so much Justine. Hope you are safe and warm!!

      January 23, 2016
  54. Stunning and looks irresistible!

    January 23, 2016
  55. What a lovely tart- you are so creative!!!

    January 23, 2016
  56. 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

    January 24, 2016
  57. I wish I could make desserts well. Excellent job!

    January 24, 2016
  58. Yummy dessert – two of my favorite ingredients together. Comfort food at its best!

    January 24, 2016
  59. petra08 #

    hi Suzanne
    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!

    January 24, 2016
    • Thank you so much Petra they are delicious and very easy to make. You would make them beautifully

      January 24, 2016
      • petra08 #

        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!

        January 24, 2016
      • Oh no hope it’s not too cold, I would gladly have taken rain rather than 30 inches of snow.

        January 24, 2016
  60. choc orange anything is my very fav. These tarts look amazing – just perfect. Hope you’re staying safe in that crazy snow storm.

    January 24, 2016
    • 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.

      January 24, 2016
  61. Sandhya #

    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.

    January 24, 2016
    • Thank you so much and how kind of you. You make me blush. Thank you!!

      January 24, 2016
  62. This looks amazing! Gorgeous and I bet it tastes out of this world.

    January 25, 2016
    • I loved how it tasted, I am a real fan of chocolate and orange together. Thank so much Virgina!!

      January 25, 2016
  63. Hey there! I nominated you for the one lovely blog award! You can check it out on my page!

    January 25, 2016
    • 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.

      January 25, 2016
  64. 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!

    January 26, 2016
    • 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.

      January 26, 2016
      • You are very welcome! Hope you find it! If you can’t let me know and I can always send you some.

        January 26, 2016
      • 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.

        January 26, 2016
  65. CC #

    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!) 🙂

    January 26, 2016
    • 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.

      January 27, 2016
      • CC #

        Oh no! I love it, too! Don’t stop!! 🙂

        January 27, 2016
  66. 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

    January 27, 2016
    • 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!😄

      January 27, 2016
  67. 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.

    February 24, 2016

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