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Chocolate-Orange Tart

8 Servings

2 hours 45 minutes 45 minutes active, plus cooling

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The ricotta cheese in this tart—inspired by one in Rose Carrarini's book, Breakfast, Lunch, Tea—creates a deliciously creamy yet surprisingly light filling that highlights the orange and chocolate that flavor it. The crust, made partly with almond flour, has a sandy crispness that contrasts well with the filling. For do-ahead ease, the tart shell can be prepped, fitted in the pan, pricked all over, then frozen for up to two weeks; do not thaw before baking.




Don’t use skim-milk ricotta; whole-milk is needed for its richness and creamy consistency. Note that some ricottas will brown more than others, though still will taste fine. Those brands contain more lactose, which reacts with the proteins at high temperatures, causing browning. We liked Calabro, which is low in lactose. Also, don't chop the chocolate too finely; tiny bits will melt into the filling rather than retain their shape. Aim for ¼-inch pieces.

2 hours 45 minutes

45 minutes active, plus cooling

For the tart shell:

  • 130

    grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour


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Kelley W.
August 29, 2022
Chocolate Orange Tart
This turned out better than I thought and was really easy to make
Jeannette M.
June 9, 2022
add orange jam
I added 2 TBSP of orange jam after tasting the filling and finding it too bland. Next time I will make candied orange peen and add it
Raquel S.
March 2, 2024
Delicious tart!
Absolutely loved this tart. Excellent crust. I replaced the vanilla in the filling with orange blossom water for a bit more orange flavor.
Barbara S.
February 18, 2024
Fine, but nothing special
Made this for a dinner party. I served it with whipped cream. It was pleasant, but not special enough to make again.
Lorena B.

This recipe was fantastic! So easy to make, the tart crust is fool proof and so delicious! The filling is creamy but light with the perfect flavor of bright beautiful orange. The chocolate cut through that filling with just a hint of bitterness. It was a very sophisticated flavor profile and my family absolutely loved it! Highly recommend making this!

Marlene S.

Light but flavorful! Great winter dessert and so enjoyable with a great cup of coffee. Easy Breezy!! You want to make this one!

Craig B.

I loved the crust, but the orange zest flavor was very strong. If I made it again, then I would only use 1 teaspoon. I should have used a sweeter chocolate too, 70% is far too high. I guess that is more bittersweet. The filling is not very sweet so the chocolate needs to be sweeter.

Namcy G.

Terrific. The I liked that the flavor of the orange was prominent and that the chocolate was not.