5-Ingredient Chocolate Orange Tart Recipe

You know the old joke about how the United States and the United Kingdom are two nations separated by a common language? That quite often proves truest in the culinary world, and when it comes to this recipe, watch out, because if you use the American version of a biscuit, you're going to make one terrible tart!

Use proper British biscuits (or shortbread cookies or graham crackers), and follow chef and recipe developer Jennine Bryant of The Marshside Pantry's recipe, and you're going to make a delightful dessert that's not that hard to prepare yet looks and tastes great. Bryant says: "McVities are the biggest brand of biscuits over here, [but] from my reading, graham crackers are the closest thing in the USA to the digestive biscuits I used in the recipe, so I would say that they are probably the best recommendation I can give for a biscuit brand!"

And yes, the recipe really does call for only five ingredients (not counting the sliced oranges you use for a decorative flourish, that is). And the best part? It comes together super quickly too. So gather together your chocolate, cream, butter, orange extract, and cookies, biscuits, or whatever you are set on calling them, and let's get to it!

Gather your ingredients for the tart

All you need to make this tart is about eight and a half ounces of biscuits/cookies, ten tablespoons of unsalted butter, divided, 18 ounces of chocolate, one and a quarter of a cup of thickened cream, and one and a half teaspoons of orange extract. You can also use sliced oranges for a garnish.

For the chocolate, do what sounds best to you. You can use a baker's dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or whatever you'd like, really. And for the cookies/biscuits, keep it sweet and simple. When in doubt, you can order traditional British biscuits online. (Note that Bryant uses gluten-free biscuits, which work just fine here.)

Prepare your biscuit crust

Using a blender or large food processor, blend the biscuits until you have a fine crumb mixture. Next, melt six tablespoons of butter, and mix it in with the biscuit crumbs, blending again to fully combine the butter and crumbs. Now scoop the mixture out of the blender and then press the butter/biscuit mixture into the base and sides of a nine-inch tart tin with a removable base. "It is easiest to do this using the back of a spoon," Bryant says.

Now pop this prepared pan into the fridge, and leave it there for 15 minutes to harden.

Prepare the chocolate filling

Meanwhile, as the crumb crust cools, break up the chocolate into pieces (assuming you're not using little chunks of chocolate in the first place, in which case, keep cruising), and place them in a heatproof bowl.

Now pour the cream, four tablespoons of butter, and the orange extract into a pan and heat it on a stove at low heat, warming the liquid until the cream is hot but not boiling. Next, pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate, and using a fork, keep mixing until the chocolate has completely melted and combined with the cream.

Form then chill the tart and enjoy

Take the tart case out of the fridge and pour in the still-warm chocolate orange cream mixture, making sure the surface is even as you pour. There might be a few bubbles on the surface of the tart filling from all the mixing, in which case, gently tap the tart on the kitchen counter — that should knock the bubbles out. You can also pop them with a fork tine if need be.

Now leave the tart to cool for a few minutes before putting it into the fridge, where you should let it chill for at least two hours. Finally, if you'd like, decorate it with any leftover chocolate or biscuit crumbs, and serve the dessert with orange wedges. And if you don't eat all of it one go, no problem! "This tart actually stores really well, as long as you have space in the fridge," Bryant says. "As long as it is stored in the fridge, it should be good for five to seven days."

5-Ingredient Chocolate Orange Tart Recipe
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This five-ingredient chocolate orange tart recipe is impressive but surprisingly simple. Make it for your guests, and they're sure to be blown away.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
5
minutes
Servings
10
servings
sliced tart
Total time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 8 ½ ounces shortbread cookies or graham crackers
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 18 ounces chocolate
  • 1 ¼ cup thickened cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons orange extract
Optional Ingredients
  • Whipped cream
  • Orange slices
Directions
  1. Using a blender, blend the cookies until you have a fine crumb mixture.
  2. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter and mix with the biscuit crumbs, then press the biscuit mixture into the base and sides of a 9-inch tart tin with a removable base.
  3. Leave the prepared tin in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden.
  4. Meanwhile, break up the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl.
  5. Pour the cream, 4 tablespoons of butter, and 1 ½ teaspoons of orange extract into a pan, and heat on a low heat until the cream is hot but not boiling.
  6. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and using a fork, keep mixing until the chocolate has completely melted and combined with the cream.
  7. Take the tart tin out of the fridge and pour in the still-warm chocolate orange cream mixture, making sure the surface is even.
  8. Leave the tart to cool for a few minutes before putting it into the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.
  9. Decorate with any leftover chocolate or biscuit crumbs, and serve with and orange slices.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 574
Total Fat 44.2 g
Saturated Fat 25.2 g
Trans Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 71.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 48.9 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Total Sugars 33.9 g
Sodium 103.5 mg
Protein 4.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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