National Chocolate Week: Chocolate Tart

Here in Britain we are coming to the tail-end of National chocolate Week and I thought it would be rather nice to cap it off with one of my favourite recipes. I love the contrast between the crust and the filling – the crust is very crisp, while the filling is as smooth as truffle. It is also an incredibly simple tart to make since the crust isn’t made of pastry and the filling has very few ingredients. This really is the perfect way to see off such a fantastic, yet underappreciated, week – enjoy!

My love for cooking was germinated by the flair with which one is able to approach a main meal. Yet, since I made my incredibly popular Tarte au Citron I’ve really enjoyed and have been fascinated by the delicacy and exactitude required in the process of making a tart. This got me thinking that perhaps it wasn’t the recklessness of cooking that really drew me in; rather it was the end result. To make the perfect tart it is necessary for one to be precise down to the smallest detail; by doing this it is possible to have a positive result – therefore I enjoy it.

However, I have also realised very recently that reflection isn’t necessarily the route down which one must venture if one is to write a successful blog entry. With that in mind I shall breach once more the rather delicious topic of flavour. Since the filling of this tart contains no sweeteners it is advised that one uses a chocolate which contains 50%-65% cocoa solids. Milk chocolate will not do since it is good for nothing except a spot of mastication; anything above 65% isn’t much better, unless sweetened of course. Though you may disagree with me on my last two points, which really are nothing but conjecture, please adhere to my suggestion of variety of chocolate – it’s for the best, I think.

Chocolate Tart

Serves 8-10


• 150g digestive biscuits, finely crushed – for you Americans Graham crackers would work just as well

• 70g butter, melted

• 2 tbsp caster sugar

• 1 tbsp cocoa powder

• 200g plain chocolate, finely chopped

• 300ml double cream

• 2 eggs

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

• A pinch of salt


1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Mix together the melted butter, digestive biscuits, sugar and cocoa powder and press firmly, but evenly, into and up the sides of a 9-inch tart tin. Bake this for 10 minutes and set aside to cool.

2. While the casing is cooling bring the cream to the boil and pour it over the chocolate, leave time for the chocolate to melt and stir until smooth. Whisk together the eggs, vanilla and a pinch of salt before pouring them into the chocolate mixture. Combine the two and then pour into the tart case. Bake for around 20 minutes, or until the filling is just set.

Cost: The entire tart, not including energy bills, should come to around £2.30 which is less than any self-respecting café would charge for a single slice. You see, this is why I don’t tend to buy cakes when I go for coffee – shrewd!

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80 comments on “National Chocolate Week: Chocolate Tart

  1. Kara Goldsborough
    October 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    You have a National Chocolate Week? I just bought my plan ticket and I’m on my way. What are digestive biscuits? Are they like chocolate wafers?

  2. Joanne
    October 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    It’s so funny to read about the digestive biscuits…because when I lived in Spain I remember seeing those… “digestivos” I think they were called lol!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Exactly! they are yummy, especially when chocolate topped.

  3. Cocoa Flower
    October 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Some people have all the fun! What a great way to justify eating chocolate for a week. I will have to try this recipe, it looks delicious. And, I love chocolate. I’m inspired to make my double chocolate oreo cookie cake now.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      I did have rather a lot of cooking fun this week actually, despite long hours in work.

  4. Meghan
    October 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    This looks amazing, I wish Canada had a National Chocolate Week. Maybe I’ll write my MP. I’m wondering, what’s the benefit of using caster sugar? We don’t have that hear and I read that you have to make it by grinding regular sugar in a food processor. I don’t mind, but it is an added step and I like to keep things simple if I can.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Why not?! 😀 Caster sugar means it’d be less grainy. I suppose you could use normal sugar – though the finer the better.

  5. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    October 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm


  6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    October 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Looks decadent!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      It was, it was basically a tart casing filled with chocolate truffle.

  7. kuby2u
    October 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Looks good, but what are digestive biscuits?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      Wheat based biscuits, you could use Graham crackers.

  8. Dalai Lina
    October 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    This looks gorgeous and delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      It really was, one of my favourite ever recipes.

  9. spree
    October 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Looks lovely luscious! I’m from the states and “digestive biscuits” is a foreign term to me. I wonder if we have a true equivalent or if I should have a Canadian friend bring me some digestives the next time he’s down. I’d certainly like to join Britain in the celebration Hope I’m not too late. : )

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      I’m sure you must have an equivalent! To be honest I don’t think it’s illegal to cook this outside of chocolate week.

  10. Just A Smidgen
    October 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    This looks so delicious… and I love digestive biscuits, one of my favs!

  11. ChgoJohn
    October 15, 2011 at 2:39 am

    You certainly do have a way with tarts! This one is just incredible!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      I do, my girlfriend doesn’t always like it, but it’s true.

  12. lambyknits01
    October 15, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Mmm…Chocolate! It looks delicious :)

  13. Travis Brock Kennedy
    October 15, 2011 at 4:29 am

    This looks spectacular!

  14. Aimee@clevermuffin
    October 15, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Now you’ve got me thinking – is it the process or end result I like about cooking? Hmm… I wish I had chocolate tart to mull it over, it looks amazing.

  15. Kay aka Babygirl
    October 15, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I had no idea this was national chocolate week.. and I’m such a choco-aholic. I love this chocolate tart.. amazingly delicious recipe. I can’t wait to try it

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks so much, please let me know how it goes!

  16. liadh1
    October 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Looks gorgeous! I find digestive biscuits here in Virginia at the World Market, or at several of the big supermarkets in the British food section. I love them, so I always have some on hand.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      I knew it was possible to get them in America!

  17. baconbiscuit212
    October 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    This looks amazing! I must try it! I had no idea that National Chocolate Week was going on. London is a great chocolate town. When I was there about a month ago, a dear friend of mine who is a chocolate lover sent me with a shopping list for places around town. Paul A Young had the yummiest truffles! What kind of chocolate did you use?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      I have to admit I’ve never experience the chocolate side of London, though i’ll be there in a couple of weeks! I used some basic sort of plain/dark chocolate, nothing special but it worked a treat.

  18. A Hint Of Garlic
    October 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Frugal

    Another great recipe, thank you. We love the blog and have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award in our latest post;

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks so much! I love getting things like this.

  19. Healthy Living
    October 15, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Excellent recipe today thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading today’s post.

    Check out this healthy recipe – Cheese Topped Vegetables

  20. saiyiu
    October 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Oh wow I wish we also adopted Chocolate Week in Canada, along with the fantastic tea from your nation.

    I like this recipe for the simple tart crust! Reminds me of how you’ve use graham crackers for squares. You could probably play around with chocolate digestives too, I’d imagine!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I’m not a big fan of tea, but you should totally adopt chocolate week! Chocolate digestives probably wouldn’t work as well – the chocolate would make the whole process a little harder, plus it would melt and give the whole casing the wrong consistency.

  21. Dana Gramprie
    October 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    This looks so, so melt in my mouth delicious! I bet I could veganize it with earth balance, soy creamer and ground flaxseeds. It would be fun to try. Do you have any suggestions?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      It really does melt in one’s mouth really rather well. I have no idea about converting food so that it’s vegan, sorry! Let me know if you try though.

  22. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    October 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Fabulous tart! And better than anything you’d buy at the cafe, regardless of price! :)

    Thanks for the headsup about Chocolate Week, I’ve had fun with it on my blog this week!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      It totally is! no problem, I’ve loved your posts too.

  23. Danielle Charles
    October 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I have to admit that I’m just a wee bit envious of your national chocolate week! I think I will just have to declare that today is national chocolate day here in my house so that I too can celebrate :) Looks absolutely delicious and the perfect way to cap off a week dedicated to one of the best things known to man.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      there’s no need to be envious! Just make loads of chocolate based goods – what’s to stop you? 😀

  24. Jen R
    October 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Every week in Chocolate week at our house, Teenage Daughter made this last night….very yum…lovely smooth and crunch texture combo, thanks for another great recipe xx

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      I’m so glad! 😀 No problem at all, Jen.

  25. Jay
    October 16, 2011 at 1:50 am

    sounds scrumptiously tasty…
    excellent presentation…
    first time here…wonderful space you have..
    love your cliks..
    happy following u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  26. CorkAndSpoon
    October 16, 2011 at 2:10 am

    That looks so incredibly decadent and so soooo good. I had to google whether we have a national week or month dedicated to chocolate here in the US. So far no luck…though I have found several days dedicated to different chocolatey things like National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day on Nov 7. I can work with that, lol! ~Ruth~

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      They are a little too specific! Petition for a national chocolate week

  27. plowingforward
    October 16, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Oh my gosh…this looks AMAZING!!!

  28. lemonmom
    October 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Looks delicious.

  29. Susan
    October 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    This reminds me of my favourite chocolate tart recipe, from Orangette, which I have made again and again. It’s a total crowd pleaser:

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      It looks delicious, you should try making mine, perhaps it could be better 😀

  30. Clarisse@TheTummyTrain
    October 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Looks absolutely scrumptious! I can already imagine taking a bite and having it melt in my mouth. I think I’ll make this soon! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      You should. I promise you shan’t be disappointed.

  31. Kim
    October 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Oh my god, the fudge looks simply yummy. This is such a torment!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      It was simply exquisite, perhaps I even prefer it to my lemon tart…

  32. thelittleloaf
    October 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Yum yum yum, this is 100% my kind of dessert..what a fantastic way to round up National Chocolate Week. Bet it would be amazing with a layer of caramel under the chocolate too. Great post!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Thanks, Loaf! I’ve seen it done with caramel underneath, but I honestly think that would be too much and too rich – I did consider it 😀

  33. Ilalang
    October 18, 2011 at 4:02 am

    It’s really economical but delicious!

  34. drinkeatcook
    October 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    God this looks good. Am going to pass on to my Dad, who is a confirmed chocoholic for testing. Think this could be a new Sunday pudding staple for when I go to visit him!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Hah, thanks. I hope he likes it as much as I did.

  35. thelegaltart
    October 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    This looks truly decadent. Might have to find an excuse to make this.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

      You should do 😀 It was so rich and creamy.

  36. Casey
    October 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

    HOLY CHOCOLATE! I’m definitely making this! How did I seriously miss out on National Chocolate Week?! Sigh. I feel like every week is already NAtional Chocolate Week to me… :p

    • frugalfeeding
      October 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

      This is so chocolaty 😀 Hope it goes well if you do attempt it :)

  37. Urvashi @ The Botanical Baker
    October 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    This looks amazing. I like the chocolately digestive biscuits.

  38. Ell
    October 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    awesome! something i shall try one day – thanks, my friend :)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      No problem! I hope you enjoy it when it eventually gets made.

  39. juliamarasco
    October 25, 2011 at 4:03 am

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it… literally cannot wait! I’m a HUGE chocolate fan!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      It was SO delicious – one of my favourite recipes.

  40. I FounD Online
    October 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    is double cream is same as thick cream ?

  41. AJ Rogers
    January 3, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Oh my…

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