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Decadent Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart Recipe

This Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart is fancy enough to impress but quick and easy enough to make any time for that very special someone.

A slice of Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart with a piped star of whipped topping and a chocolate-dipped coffee bean sitting on a glass plate over a white tablecloth. A cup of coffee is in the background next to the whole tart.

Some desserts just scream I’m fancy and must be too sophisticated and just too difficult for most people to make. Just like this Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart.

A round dark chocolate tart with piped stars of whipped topping garnished with chocolate-covered coffee beans sitting on a glass serving plate.

I made this Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart for the holidays, and my 96-year-old father-in-law asked for the recipe!

Now I’m not sure what he’s going to do with this recipe because he doesn’t cook and I’m pretty sure he’s never baked a thing in his life, but I was so flattered that I’ll be making one of these beauties just for him and whomever he decides to share it with.

Hopefully my 94-year-old mother-in-law!

A slice of Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart with a piped star of whipped topping and a chocolate-dipped coffee bean sitting on a glass plate over a white tablecloth. A cup of coffee sits in the background.

The thing is that this baby is just a classy girl. You take one look at her and think she belongs in a fancy bakery.

The truth is that it’s not difficult to make but is full of a deep dark chocolate filling that’s surrounded by a delicate pecan shell.

A Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart with piped stars of whipped topping and a chocolate-dipped coffee beans sitting on a glass plate over a white tablecloth.

Another great thing is you can easily make this tart a day or two before you need it.

I made the shell on one day and filled it the next day. Of course, we dove in a few hours later, but the leftovers were just as luscious the next day.

If you are nervous about making a tart, these pictures show you the process and how “rustic” it looked while I was putting it together.

The baked shell kept all of my messy secrets and will yours too.

How to make a pecan tart

  1. Coarsely ground pecans in a food processor.
    • You don’t want large pieces but you don’t want butter either.
  2. Add flour, salt, and sugar and pulse until combined. Add cold butter and pulse until crumbly.
  3. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time pulsing until the mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill.
  4. Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough and break it into 4 pieces.
  5. Smush two pieces together with the heel of your hand until just workable. Repeat with the third and fourth pieces.
    • This will make the dough easier to work with and prevent cracking.
  6. Dust a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper lightly with flour. Roll dough out into a 1/4″ thick circle. Pick up the paper and flip it over into a 9-inch tart shell pan.
  7. Press the dough into the pan and patch any uncovered areas with extra dough.
  8. Trim the top with a rolling pin so tart dough reaches the top but doesn’t overhang the pan.

A top view of the pecan crust used for a Dark Chocolate Tart.

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Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart

This Dark Chocolate Tart is fancy enough to impress but quick and easy enough to make any time for that very special someone.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 slices
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

Tart Shell

  • 1/3 cup pecans coarsely ground
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons and additional for dusting work surface
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp water plus 1 tablespoon if needed

Chocolate Ganache

  • 8 oz Dark Chocolate Bar cut into small pieces – I used Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Tart Shell

  • Coarsely ground pecans in a food processor. You don’t want large pieces but you don’t want butter either.
  • Add 3/4 cup flour, salt, and sugar and pulse until combined. Add cold butter and pulse until crumbly.
  • Add water 1 tablespoon at a time pulsing until mixture forms a ball. Remove the dough and form into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough and break into 4 pieces. Smush two pieces together with the heel of your hand until just workable. Repeat with the third and fourth pieces. This will make the dough easier to work with and prevent cracking.
  • Dust a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper lightly with flour. Roll dough out into a 1/4″ thick circle. Pick up the paper and flip it over into a 9-inch tart shell with a removable bottom. Press the dough into the pan and patch any uncovered areas with extra dough. Trim the top with a rolling pin so tart dough reaches the top but doesn’t overhang the pan. Refrigerate the shell for 10 minutes. This will help firm up the dough so it doesn’t slide down the edges while baking.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and pierce the shell several times with a fork. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack.

Ganache Filling

  • Place the chopped chocolate into a medium-sized bowl.
  • Microwave the cream until it just starts to boil.
  • Pour hot cream over the chopped chocolate and stir with a heat-proof spatula into smooth. Stir in butter, stirring until incorporated.
  • Pour into the cooled tart shell. Refrigerate until chilled, approximately 1 hour.

Notes

Tart shell adapted from LeitesCulinaria.com Ganache adapted from The Cafe Sucre Farine.com

Nutrition

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 4mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Mike

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

The pecan crust really brings out the flavor of this dessert.

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Demeter | Beaming Baker

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

Julie, this tart is absolutely gorgeous! Just so you know, these wonderful dessert combined two of my very favorites: pecans and chocolate. I'll be dreaming about this all week. :) Pinned, of course!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

Thank you so much, Demeter! It's so sweet of you to stop by and leave such kind comments!

Maria @ kitchenathoskins

Thursday 16th of February 2017

Oh my Gosh Julie.....

Julie Menghini

Thursday 16th of February 2017

LOL, thank you Maria!