Chocolate Caramelized Orange Tart

By Ginger's Kitchen
March 5, 2011
13 Comments


Author Notes: This decadent chocolate tart delivers. The filling is a sultry combination of cream and bittersweet chocolate. It sits in a chocolate and orange cookie crust and is topped with thinly sliced caramelized oranges. We think it makes a fantastic winter dessert. - Ginger's KitchenGinger's Kitchen

Food52 Review: The creative cooks at Ginger's Kitchen have created a glorious, rich, chocolate custard tart crowned with luscious candied orange slices. This is a show-stopping chocolate dessert and it is well worth taking care with the details. JoanG, who helped out with the tart baking, suggests trying gingersnaps in the crumb crust. AppleAnnie

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1-2 oranges or a combination of citrus fruits, sliced very thin (we used 1 kumquat, 1/2 a blood orange, 1/2 a tangelo, and 1/2 navel orange)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4.5 oz (1/2 of a 9 oz box) chocolate wafers
  • 2.75 oz (about 1/2 of a 5.25 oz box) Anna's orange cookies (thin orange wafers)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not more than 65% cacao), chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. CARAMELIZE ORANGES - preheat oven to 350. Spread sliced oranges evenly onto a foil-lined baking sheet. In a measuring cup, add sugar to water and whisk to dissolve. Pour sugar water over sliced oranges. Place in oven and bake 30-40 minutes. Raise temperature to 400. Cook until caramelized, about 5-10 minutes -- monitoring closely, as they can quickly go from caramelized to burned. Reduce heat to 350.
  2. MAKE CRUST: Place cookies in a food processor and pulse until it becomes like a coarse meal. Melt the butter, and mix the cookies and butter together. Spray a regular pie pan with cooking spray and then press the cookie mixture into the pan - on the base and up the sides.
  3. MAKE THE FILLING: In a medium saucepan, bring cream to a boil and then immediately remove from heat. Add chocolate and let stand 5 minutes. In the meantime, whisk the eggs, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk the chocolate until it is incorporated into the cream. Whisk the honey into the chocolate mixture. Temper the eggs in by gradually whisking in a couple tablespoons of the warm chocolate cream mixture before the eggs are added to the pan of warm chocolate cream.
  4. ASSEMBLE AND BAKE: Pour filling into crust. Arrange orange slices over the top. Bake until edges are firm but center is still wobbly, about 20-25 minutes. The tart will continue to cook as it cools.
  5. SERVE: Cool completely so that the tart can set, and serve.

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Reviews (13) Questions (2)

13 Comments

LocalSavour March 8, 2011
Yay for the combo of chocolate and orange ~ Delicious!
 
Midge March 6, 2011
How fun! This is stunning and I bet delicious.
 
Waverly March 6, 2011
Thank you, Midge. Yes, it was quite delicious....one of those chocolate desserts that you want to take a bath in!
 
Greenstuff March 6, 2011
Gorgeous! Véronique Mauclerc, who has a bakery near the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris makes chocolate tartlets a little bit like this. Besides an orange variety, she does pear, raspberry, and I think other fruits, depending on the season. She uses a traditional pâte brisée instead of your chocolate-cookie crust, and I don't think she uses cream in her filling. But what I REALLY love about yours is the stunning citrus mix.
 
aargersi March 6, 2011
I will post a photo of the slices before they went in the oven ... soo pretty!!!
 
Waverly March 6, 2011
That sounds fabulous.
 
Author Comment
Ginger's K. March 6, 2011
Thanks all! We had a great time brainstorming and cooking together and laughing - we hope to get together again soon!!! And this tart is seriously rich and delicious ...
 
Sagegreen March 6, 2011
Fab! I am working on a chocolate cherry combo which I would have loved to make with you guys!
 
drbabs March 6, 2011
Chocolate and orange are so great together--I hope y'all are having a wonderful time!
 
bethmichelle March 6, 2011
Wow this looks and sounds absolutely amazing! Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite flavor combos!
 
kmartinelli March 6, 2011
Looks gorgeous! Love the chocolate orange combo.
 
gingerroot March 6, 2011
Yay for the return of Ginger's Kitchen! This is a gorgeous and delicious sounding winter tart.
 
dymnyno March 5, 2011
Sounds delicious! Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite combos!