chocolate-hazelnut tart

January 21, 2013

in Pies & Tarts

Whenever I long to be in Italy, I grow nostalgic for chocolate and hazelnut treats. I fell for the rich and nutty combination in my travels and whether it be savoring a few nougatine with my afternoon espresso, or indulging in a cup of gianduja gelato for dessert, I simply can’t get enough of the duo.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart | Tutti Dolci

With Italy in mind, I dreamed up this chocolate-hazelnut tart. The brown butter-hazelnut crust is crisp and buttery, a perfect counterpoint to the silky chocolate filling. There’s not a slip of cream in the entire recipe, so you can eat two slices relatively guilt-free, or if you must have your cream, whip it into a topping just before serving. I dusted my tart with unsweetened cocoa powder and added a sprinkle of chopped chocolate-covered hazelnuts; the choice is yours!

Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart | Tutti Dolci

Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart
Crust
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup hazelnuts, finely ground
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter

Filling & Topping
1/4 cup Nutella
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups reduced fat (2%) milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Unsweetened cocoa, for dusting
2 Tbsp chocolate-covered hazelnuts, chopped

For the crust, preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 14-inch rectangular removable-bottom tart pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, ground hazelnuts, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.

Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Add brown butter to flour mixture and stir until incorporated; press mixture in the bottom and up the sides of prepared tart pan. Bake for 24 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Place Nutella in a small bowl and microwave until melted, about 30 seconds; set aside to cool slightly. Whisk together cornstarch, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a saucepan. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently. Once mixture comes to a boil, continue whisking for about 2 minutes, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and whisk in Nutella and vanilla.

Pour filling into cooled shell and place a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the filling to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

Before serving, dust tart with cocoa and top with chopped hazelnuts. Use a sharp knife to cut into wedges. Store leftovers in the refrigerator loosely covered.

Yield – 12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
Calories – 225
Carbs – 24

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63 Comments

1 sara January 21, 2013

Yum! This looks incredible! I love chocolate and hazelnut together…so good :)

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2 Deb January 21, 2013

The tart is a stunner! The luscious chocolate and hazelnut is marvelous, well done Laura!

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3 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 21, 2013

I love these gorgeous, vibrant pictures, Laura! And the tart? Yum, yum, yum…

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4 M D January 21, 2013

I bet this tart tastes delicious! You can’t go wring when you have chocolates and hazelnuts. Beautiful!

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5 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet January 21, 2013

Ahhhhhhhmazing. This looks incredible. I want to be neighbors. :)

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6 Rosa January 21, 2013

A beautiful tart and heavenly combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

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7 cakewhiz January 22, 2013

woohoo! no cream…. that means i can indulge in this entire tart without guilt…right? ;)

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8 claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 22, 2013

This makes me long of Italy too!

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9 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) January 22, 2013

Beautiful Laura!

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10 Valerie January 22, 2013

Wow! I’m taken in by your delicious tart and the gorgeous photos!! (Love the colour scheme.) And I love the fact that it’s okay to enjoy more than one slice! :D

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11 Carol | a cup of mascarpone January 22, 2013

One word: LOVELY!!!

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12 Marissa Kubinski January 22, 2013

This looks delicious. Would it fit in a round tart pan 9″?

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13 Tutti Dolci January 22, 2013

Hi Marissa, thank you! The crust should fit perfectly fine in a 9-inch round tart pan. You’ll probably have a little extra filling, so you could just pour it into ramekins, place a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming, and chill until thickened. The filling is essentially a pudding.

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14 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings January 22, 2013

Oh, I am so going to miss this with my Paleo diet. Only for a short time, though. I’m sure this won’t be goodbye to sweet treats forever. How could I? I can’t resist such a beautiful treat!

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15 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers January 22, 2013

This spells deliciousness Laura! So beautiful and the flavors are just too good to resist!

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16 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 22, 2013

This looks so good! Love that it’s relatively guilt-free :), because I’m pretty sure I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. Yummy!

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17 Ashley - baker by nature January 22, 2013

I only spent a few months in Italy, but I dream of it often! I think I’ll be adding this forgoes tart into our dessert menu mix very soon!

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18 The Café Sucré Farine January 22, 2013

I would LOVE to come to your house for dessert Laura, wouldn’t we have fun sitting and chatting and getting to know each other and enjoying a piece of this fabulous tart. Once I got to know you (probably after about 5 minutes) I’d be sure to ask for a second piece, “with whip”, please!

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19 Lan | angry asian January 22, 2013

good lord, this looks sinful! i am now also dreaming of Italy!

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20 Gina January 22, 2013

Okay, I’m going to pretend I didn’t see this, because then I’m going to want a slice of this too.
-Gina-

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21 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 22, 2013

Wow, how gorgeous! Can I please have this for lunch?

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22 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 22, 2013

Nutella and chocolate and more chocolate. I love the way you think!

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23 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking January 22, 2013

Such a lovely tart, Laura! You have a talent for creating beautiful tarts that I wish I had!

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24 Reem January 22, 2013

Yum!!!!
I wish I can have this with my tea right now.

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25 Liz January 22, 2013

Ah, this is magnificent, Laura!!! Who could resist???

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26 Alexandra January 22, 2013

This sounds heavenly Laura! I love that there isn’t any cream in the recipe, and I love the combination of brown butter, chocolate, and hazelnut. This is one I need to try out sometime. :)

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27 Cassie | Bake Your Day January 22, 2013

This is so pretty, Laura! I love this flavor combination…it’s classic Italy to me!

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28 Suzanne Perazzini January 22, 2013

Oh yes, a dollop of cream, I think, to finish it off. I am so glad very dark chocolate is not banned from my no-eat list.

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29 Patty January 22, 2013

Beautiful tart-love all your flavors and colors-looks like a slice of Italy;-)

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30 Natalie January 22, 2013

Gorgeous tart! Hazelnut and chocolate is the perfect combo, so delicious.

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31 Kate@Diethood January 22, 2013

Ohhhh yeah… this is heavenly! They better have this in heaven, or I’m not interested in going there. :-)
Gorgeous tart, my friend!!

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32 Claire @ Claire K Creations January 22, 2013

My goodness this looks wonderful. I can almost smell it!

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33 Lizzy (Good Things) January 22, 2013

Your recipes are always so delicious! Hazelnuts are all too rarely used!

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34 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel January 23, 2013

My goodness, girl. Is there anything you make that isn’t totally gorgeous?! This tart looks fab!

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35 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 23, 2013

That is just stunning!

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36 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) January 23, 2013

So beautiful and so tempting at 8 am. I love this, Laura. No need to travel to Italy to enjoy a chocolate hazelnut treat–this is perfect!

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37 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction January 23, 2013

What a gorgeous tart! It sounds incredible!

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38 Nami | Just One Cookbook January 23, 2013

My love for hazelnut came very late – like mid 20s?! I know, I always love chocolate, but almond and chocolate had been my thing. I don’t know what made my preference changed, but I now REALLY enjoy chocolate hazelnut combination. This tart is like a dream chocolate dessert. I’m more of tart person than spongy cake. This looks so appealing…. I love how you put the chopped chocolate-covered hazelnuts in the middle. Pretty!

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39 Sockmonkeys Kitchen January 23, 2013

Truly delicious-sounding! What a beautiful treat! Excellent tip about the plasic wrap in the fridge!

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40 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen January 23, 2013

This looks delicious, I love the combination of hazelnuts and chocolate. I’ve been looking for a good chocolate tart recipe, so I’m really excited to try this :)

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41 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar January 23, 2013

Wow, looks terrific! I love hazelnut crusts for desserts (they’re much more tasty than a simple flour dough) Beautiful topping and mold, by the way ;-)

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42 Nancy/SpicieFoodie January 23, 2013

What a gorgeous tart to enjoy while reminiscing of Italy. You should move there so I can be a short plane hop away and stop by for dessert. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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43 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 23, 2013

Gorgeous tart, Laura! Chocolate hazelnut combo is a winning combo in my book. Beautiful styling!!

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44 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 23, 2013

I can never get enough of chocolate and hazelnuts together either, it’s just a heavenly combination!

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45 Susan January 23, 2013

Just lovely, Laura!

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46 JJ - 84thand3rd January 23, 2013

Chocolate and hazelnut is such a great combination – wonderful filling and crust!

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47 Nina January 23, 2013

Thats a deadly combination….superb one:) I am so tempted to try some *right away:)

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48 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 23, 2013

Stunning! It sounds heavenly too, I love chocolate and hazelnuts together!

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49 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} January 23, 2013

This is one HEAVENLY tart! Glad that you dreamed it up. The only problem is that I don’t have a slice in front of me right now. Lovely!!!!!

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50 Mercedes January 23, 2013

So gorgeous Laura! I think I could just eat the crust alone, but that filling sounds so delicious!

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51 Jennifer | Mother Thyme January 23, 2013

This is lovely! I love this tart pan too. I just have a round tart pan, but I want a rectangle one because this presentation is beautiful!

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52 Kristina January 23, 2013

this sounds SO good – I love the sound of the crust… several years back when I was opening a resort spa, I got to develop a product line, and since Oregon produces something like 99% of the nations hazelnuts, that was one of the ingredients I used… I met hazelnut farmers, learned way more than I ever thought I wanted to about the hazelnut (also called filbert!), and our restaurant made things like this…

wow, that was a very long way of saying this recipe brings back memories… I will be trying it soon!

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53 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 23, 2013

What a divine looking tart-love the colours in the photo too! I was just given some hazelnut flour-I wonder if I could use it in a tart crust? :)

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54 Julia {The Roasted Root} January 23, 2013

Gorgeous! This is a very beautiful tart and I bet it tastes divine! I’m tempted to bake it up to enjoy a nice sweet treat and pretend like I’m in Italy too!!

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55 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 23, 2013

A great combo, chocolate and hazelnut! I love the long pan..really need to get one of those!

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56 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin January 24, 2013

This really does brings me back to my honeymoon in Italy, when a delicious hazelnut chocolate was placed on my pillow every night before bed. Lovely post :)

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57 Terra January 24, 2013

Awww, truly gorgeous! A perfect treat to make any heart feel better for sure:-) Love love the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts together too:-) Hugs, Terra

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58 Suzanne January 24, 2013

Wow, this tart looks so delicious. I have an affection for chocolate and hazel nuts and it has come to me late in my life but none the less I’m glad I found the two.

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59 Gourmantine January 25, 2013

Chocolate and hazelnuts together, I’m sure this divine union was made in the heights of heaven. Such a lovely tart and perfect for the upcoming love day :)

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60 foodwanderings January 25, 2013

OMG Laura, this chocolate hazelnut tart is perfect. I am not huge on sweets but this is super decadent treat. I would definitely couldn’t resist. Absolutely mouthwatering!

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61 Ella-Home Cooking Adventure January 29, 2013

Such a great dessert . It really made me crave for some. :)

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62 Karen February 9, 2013

Okay, this is a combination after my own heart – love!

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63 a farmer in the dell February 11, 2013

this sounds fantastic! I love chocolate and hazelnut together. Wonderful combination!

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