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You guys. It has been so long since I’ve made a chocolate dessert. And by “so long” I mean almost 3 weeks. Sugar heroes cannot live on giant cakes and churros and strawberry bars alone. We need our chocolate too! Consider this Chocolate Raspberry Almond Truffle Tart my humble apology to chocolate. I’m sorry for the neglect. Let’s never fight again.
I can’t think of a better way to welcome chocolate back to the blog than with this tart! It has a crispy chocolate shortbread crust, with a dense, gooey chocolate truffle filling packed with almond flavor, fresh raspberries, and melty pockets of white chocolate chunks. Since I’m opposed to tart nudity, I topped it with whipped cream, more fresh berries, sliced almonds, and a healthy sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Let us all take a moment to admire Jason’s hand modeling and sugar sprinkling skills. So glad I listened to my mom when she told me not to marry for money, but to marry for hands instead.
The credit for this tart actually belongs to you! Well, probably not YOU specifically, unless you’re one of the awesome people who responded to my Facebook request for tart flavor suggestions. I did a quick FB reader poll about what sort of chocolate tart I should make, and got all sorts of great feedback! It was tough to narrow down the options, but I tried to choose the more common flavor requests (raspberries & almonds) and work them into this tart. (And if you see me making a pomegranate-coffee-hazelnut-pineapple tart in the future, you can thank the Facebook commentators.)
I can sometimes be really indecisive, plus I crave constant validation in the form of feedback, so I’m sure I’ll post more “dessert democracy” requests in the future…which means you should probably be my facebook friend already so you can get in on this action. Air kiss!
This tart is my favorite kind of chocolate dessert, which is to say, it’s chocolate overload. The filling is a rich, truffle-textured filling that’s a bit gooey when warm, and more like a thick mousse when it’s room temperature or chilled. I added almond paste to the chocolate filling, so every bite has a bit of almond flavor, then a big handful of juicy raspberries and white chocolate chunks are stirred in just before baking. It sounds like a lot of competing flavors, but they all work perfectly together.
This is a rich dessert, so I really thought I would do that delicate “Oh, I can’t possibly finish a whole slice” dance I see so many other adults do…and yet, I managed to demolish this whole slice like a boss. No regrets, either! This is the perfect dessert to celebrate summer’s beautiful raspberries, so you should get you some while the raspberry getting is good.
Chocolate Raspberry Almond Truffle Tart
For the Chocolate Tart Dough:
- 5 1/3 oz all-purpose flour, (1 1/4 cups)
- 3/4 oz unsweetened cocoa powder, (1/4 cup)
- 1 oz powdered sugar, (1/4 cup)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 5 oz unsalted butter, cold, cubed
- 1 large egg yolk
For the Tart:
- 2 oz almond paste
- 2 1/2 oz unsalted butter, (5 tbsp), cubed
- 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, (about 1 cup chopped) —I used 70%
- 8 large egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 oz granulated sugar, (1/4 cup)
- 3 oz white chocolate, chopped
- 4 oz fresh raspberries, (1 cup)
- 8 oz heavy cream, (1 cup)
- 1 oz powdered sugar, (1/4 cup)
- Fresh raspberries, (I used 6 oz)
- Sliced almonds
To Make the Chocolate Tart Dough:
- Place the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly to blend. Add the cubed butter and pulse until it is in small pea-sized pieces. Add the egg yolk and pulse in 5-second bursts until the dough starts clumping together. Turn it out of the food processor, and knead it several times just until any dry pieces are incorporated.
- Spray a 9" tart shell with nonstick cooking spray. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the shell in an even layer. Refrigerate the tart shell for an hour, or place it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, to get very firm.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a piece of foil with nonstick spray, press it on top of the tart shell, and fill the foil with dry beans, rice, or pie weights. Bake the shell for 20 minutes, until the sides are dry but the center still looks a little underbaked. Carefully remove the foil and weights. Let the shell cool while you prepare the filling.
To Make the Tart:
- Grate the almond paste using a cheese grater, to break it down into small pieces. Combine the grated almond paste, the butter, and the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue to microwave and stir in short bursts until the chocolate and butter are melted. The almond paste will give it a bit of a gritty texture—that's okay. Set aside to cool to lukewarm.
- Combine the egg yolks, vanilla, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whip on medium-high speed for 5-7 minutes, until very thick and light yellow. When you stop the mixer and lift up the whisk, the egg yolks should fall slowly from the whisk in a thick ribbon.
- Pour the chocolate through a wire mesh strainer into the yolks. If there are any big clumps of almond paste, work them through the mesh strainer so they're broken up. Gently fold the chocolate and yolks together. Finally, add the chopped white chocolate and fresh raspberries, and stir them in.
- Scrape the truffle filling into the tart shell. Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes, until the tart looks puffed and dry on top, and is set but still a little loose in the center. Cool on a wire rack. This tart is wonderful when served slightly warm, but it's also good at room temperature or after being refrigerated. If you want to decorate it like in the picture, wait until it is room temperature so you don't melt the whipped cream on a warm tart!
- Combine the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and whip with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Spoon the cream onto the top of the tart and gently spread it almost to the edge. Top the cream with the fresh raspberries and a scattering of sliced almonds. Dust the top with powdered sugar, if desired.
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Chocolate and raspberry is absolutely one of my favourite combos. I would love a slice of this please. Also, I’m not sure about pomegranate & coffee (although..) but is it just me or does pineapple and hazelnut sound kind of awesome?
Alright, the challenge is on. One pineapple and hazelnut dessert face-off, coming up!
Loved the blog cameo, Jason!
He’s pretty pleased with himself and his pseudo blog fame. 😉
Holy cow, my mouth started watering as soon as I saw the first photo!! The berries look delightfully fresh and the chocolate cake looks so rich and decadent. P.s. Your husband does have nice hands! 👍
Thanks Giselle! And I joke with Jason about how nice his hands are–we credit it to a lack of any sort of physical labor. 😉
It looks divine and it’s with chocolate! And raspberries!
Thanks Medeja! Two of my faves for sure. 🙂
Soon your husband is going to start charging you for that..lol 😉 Loved the photos and recipe, it looks beyond delicious!! xoxo
Hah! I told him not to get any big ideas…he gets paid in dessert and that’s it. 🙂 Thanks Johlene!
You crack me up. I can’t decide if I like the tart nudity joke or the marry-for-good-hands joke more. So glad I don’t have to!
This sounds too, too good. Also, I don’t do that “oh I’m so FULL after 2.8 bites” dance… But then again, I’m probably not a real adult.
Whatever, I think all real adults are lying about it anyhow. Maaaaybe they’re really full, but I’m 99% sure they just have more willpower than I do. Psh.
I’m reading this on the other side of the world, where it’s breakfast time, and I’m pretty sure I could still demolish a slice of that!
I’m a but scared of the almond paste, although I know you use it quite often in your recipes, but if it’s what I remember from under fondant on Christmas cakes, I don’t think I like it.. Could I put some almond meal in instead?
(and by “a but scared”, I mean “a bit scared”)
Hey Kelly! No judgement from me if you decide to have this for breakfast. 🙂
I admit that I do love almond paste and probably use it way too much. I wouldn’t sub almond meal in, but you could use a little almond extract (maybe start with 1/2 tsp and give it a taste and see if you want a stronger almond flavor). Or if you don’t care much about adding an almond component, it can be omitted entirely without making any other changes.
Three weeks is such a long time indeed. Like, it’s been 4 hours since I last had chocolate and I’m worried about when I’ll be able to have my next kick ahhh.
Chocolate is lifeeeeeeee. And so are tarts AND raspberries. I love this combo and you made it look even more delish, you brilliant baker 😉
Right?! I knew you would see where I was coming from! Thanks C. 🙂
Yum! Raspberry and Chocolate are definately BFF’s. This looks delisious.
The best of friends for sure. 🙂 Thanks Lisa!
Chocolate, I welcome you back, with open arms and an open heart! Chocolate overload is the only way to go. Gorgeous tart!
A woman after my own heart! No shame in our chocolate overload game!
I love desserts that mix fruit with chocolate. Probably my favorite combo! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Thanks Jamie! I agree–chocolate is nice on its own, but when you add fruit it’s even more delicious! Let me know what you think!
Demolishing dessert like a boss IS part of being an adult. Because we CAN. I wish my husband knew how to hand-model, my mom never gave me that advice. 😉
Haha, and here you are, left with a perfectly good husband with a perfectly bad set of modeling hands. Ah well. At least you married for love. 🙂
This looks sinfully delicious! What a lovely dessert to serve in the summer. I will be trying this one the next time I entertain. I don’t dare make it when I don’t have company coming, I know I would eat too much, myself!
I know what you mean! I end up giving away a lot of partially eaten desserts so we don’t end up eating the whole thing in our small household…good thing my friends aren’t that picky about taking half-eaten tarts. 🙂
This looks absolutely wonderful! I’m a sucker for chocolate crust, and I made those truffle tartlets and loved the filling. I really wish there was a slice of this waiting for me for dessert tonight!
Thanks Jill! Those Julia and Dorie ladies sure know their stuff, huh? 🙂 Definitely one of my favorite recipes to come out of TWD!
Oh gosh, I love those pockets of melty white chocolate! And well, the rest of this tart too! Raspberry and chocolate is such a good combo. Beautiful chocolate creation! 🙂
Thanks Beth! “Melted into a chocolate truffle tart” is pretty much the best way to enjoy white chocolate, in my opinion. 🙂
This looks amazing! But all of your creations do. Haha love that advice to marry for hands.
Thanks Norma. Mama didn’t raise no fool. 🙂
This wonderful glorious chocolate raspberry almond truffle tart is total eye candy. The only thing better than seeing it would be tasting it!! 😉
Thanks Jocelyn! I’m all about the eye candy! And the real candy. …okay, I just like candy in general. 😉
What a lovely presentation! I love how pretty this is!
Thank you so much, Annie!
Hehe, “tart nudity.” How very innapropriate…i’m so glad you enrobed this delicious tart with even more yummy things. While I’m not pleased you decided not to go with my chocolate/orange combo, I think that choco/raspberry was a good next choice 😉
Thanks Amy! I am a huge chocolate/orange fan, so you know that combo will show up again sooner or later. 😉