Chocolate Ganache Tart

This Chocolate Ganache Tart is a dessert for the decadence record books.  A lemon scented butter cookie shell holds a luscious puddle of chocolate ganache that is the absolute star of the show.  This dessert showstopper couldn’t be easier but anyone lucky enough to have a taste will definitely think otherwise.  

Chocolate Ganache Tart | Melanie Makes   

In my opinion, there’s no other way a dessert should be than decadent.  And chocolate.  Go big or go home, right?  This week’s Sunday Supper theme is Fat Sunday and we’re sharing decadent or Mardi Gras inspired recipes.  My Chocolate Ganache Tart definitely gets filed in the decadent category.

Chocolate Ganache Tart | Melanie Makes

A thick butter cookie crust scented with lemon that contains a large puddle of chocolate ganache.  Although this tart is a showstopper, it couldn’t be easier.  The shell quickly comes together in the food processor and is in and out of the oven for a quick tan in no time.  

Chocolate Ganache Tart | Melanie Makes

If the shell was easy, the dark chocolate ganache is simply child’s play. Heavy cream swirls together with bittersweet chocolate to form the most heavenly, luscious filling.  The raspberries are purely for show and color, we all know it’s about the chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache Tart | Melanie Makes

Chocolate Ganache Tart
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Serves: 8 slices
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1.25 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In food processor, pulse almonds until finely ground. Add sugar, flour, zest and salt and pulse until combined.
  3. Add butter, pulsing until coarse crumbs form. Dough should clump together when squeezed.
  4. Transfer dough to a 9" tart pan with a removable bottom. Using a measuring cup, evenly press dough in bottom and up sides of pan to form crust.
  5. Bake 20 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. In a large bowl, add chocolate and whipping cream. Microwave for 1-1/2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir together until smooth.
  7. Pour ganache into cooled tart shell and let stand until completely set.
  8. Store in refrigerator.

Chocolate Ganache Tart | Melanie Makes

I dare you to find an easier, more decadent dessert!  If I can create this tart on a weekday in between carpool trips, errands and the general mayhem associated with having three small children, I guarantee you can do it with no problem whatsoever.

I simply warn you that it’s difficult to stop at having just one slice.

Thanks so much to Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this week.  Looking for other decadent and Mardi Gras inspired recipes?  Look no further than this week’s Sunday Supper table:

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  1. I couldn’t agree more….go big and decadent with dessert and this hits the mark! Love it!

  2. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I adore ganache and this tart looks so simple, Melanie. :)

  3. Oh man! This is like a truffle, expanded, to include more deliciousness. Time for me to replace my food processor.

  4. Melanie! oh my!!! this chocolate ganache tart looks heavenly. . ah the decadence! Pass me a big slice now! yum!

  5. I’m not sure I even have words for this deliciousness! WOW. Plus you make it look so easy!

  6. So not only does this sound heavenly, but your photos are so great!

  7. I COMPLETELY agree! Go decadent or go home!! This tart looks so luscious and delicoous-mmm that creamy, dreamy chocolate ganache….

  8. Love that thick, rich ganache!!

  9. It looks so rich and decadent, what a wonderful dessert!!

  10. My family would inhale this gorgeous tart! YUM!

  11. That ganache filling looks ridiculously rich. Just the way I like it. :)

  12. Your tart looks just incredible and your pictures are so pretty! I love this recipe and would love a slice right now!!!

  13. Between that crust and ganache filling…this is decadence at its finest! YUM.

  14. This dessert is just spectacular! Absolutely gorgeous.

  15. Chocolate ganache definitely screams indulgent…great recipe for today!

  16. That looks fantastic! So rich and wonderful, yum!

  17. This certainly is a showstopper. Beautiful!!

  18. The crust on this looks delicious. I’d love a slice right now.

  19. mmmm…chocolate ganache…sounds amazing! I love the raspberry 2 — looks absolutely mouthwatering! :)

  20. Wow, looks delicious!

  21. You had me at ganache!

  22. Lovely dessert! Drooling…

  23. These look almost too perfect to eat.

  24. I am so with you – desserts need to be decadent. And this looks like chocolate perfection…

  25. i love these. it looks great!

  26. I adore chocolate and raspberries in dessert

  27. Melanie, your tart looks fabulous! That ganache is perfect, so rich, creamy and decadent. And I love the crust. As a total chocoholic, this my dream dessert!

  28. This is seriously stunning. I love chocolate, way too much.

  29. I’ll just be taking that….*runs out the door*

  30. Oh My Yum! I think this the second recipe of yours I have commented on today. I can’t get enough of your blog. So good.

  31. Looks amazing, Wish I had a slice now !Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, Hope to see you back next week!

  32. Luscious puddle of chocolate ganache says it all. Heaven in a slice of pie.

  33. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  34. I love this great list of Mardi Gras inspired recipes, so many great ones to choose from and I really love this pretty tart. The chocolate ganache looks so rich and creamy.

  35. Beautiful! I might even add more lemon zest, as I am obsessed with it.

  36. Melanie, this is going on my Valentine’s Day must make list!!

  37. this has my husbands name ALL over it he’s a the more chocolate the better kind of guy! perfect for a valentines day treat

  38. Chocolate ganache tarts are one of my weaknesses (I have a chocolate problem!) So simple, and you could easily throw it into a crust that is gluten-free (I use a pecan crust.)

  39. I bet the almond crust is really good, but man, I think I’d like to just eat that chocolate ganache with a spoon! I doubt it would even all make it into the tart!

    • I’m betting that eating the ganache with a spoon would be divine. Because, you know, I haven’t ever tried it like that. Really. I swear. 😉

  40. Shared! This looks like one perfect slice of pie.

  41. This tart would be perfect for Valentine’s. What is it not to love about ganache :-)

  42. Melanie,
    What a decadent tart! I love the lemon in the crust. It’s a great way to balance the rich chocolate!

  43. This is definitely my kind of dessert!!

  44. I agree with you, go BIG or go home when it come to a chocolate dessert. Looks like you brought it with decadent tart. Pinned. :-)

  45. OMG! I’m so glad youre my valentine because this looks like heaven!


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