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Earl grey chocolate tart with whipped cream

This recipe for Earl Grey dark chocolate tart with graham cracker crust and Earl Grey whipped cream is sponsored by Cacao Barry. This post contains affiliate links.
a square of chocolate tart with Earl Grey tea flecked whipped cream and a graham cracker crust placed on a silver server

I think one of the easiest tarts you can make is a chocolate tart with whipped cream and a graham cracker crust. The dark chocolate ganache filling and whipped cream topping require no baking. The graham cracker crust is pressed into the tart pan and baked. No rolling pins required for this crust! I used leftover homemade graham crackers for this graham cracker crust, but by all means, use store-bought graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs to save time!

 
a square of chocolate tart with whipped cream flecked with tea leaves

Prefer a fully no-bake chocolate ganache tart?

The recipe below does say to bake the crust, but actually, the baking is entirely optional when it comes to graham cracker crusts. If you want to make a no-bake chocolate tart, this recipe will work well. To skip the baking step for the graham cracker crust, instead chill the tart shell while you make the ganache filling. Then pour the filling into the unbaked graham cracker crust and chill again to set the filling (preferably overnight), just like you would do for a no-bake cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. The crust will be a little more delicate without baking, but will still work well! Remember that you want to use a tart pan with a removable bottom (like this one from Amazon) and to use this trick to easily remove the tart from the tart pan

Square chocolate tart with scalloped edges cut into square pieces

Dark chocolate ganache vs truffle filling

The original tart recipe is from Abby Dodge, and was published in Fine Cooking. This is a gorgeous recipe for a decadent chocolate tart that is sure to please chocolate enthusiasts and lovers of all things graham cracker. The ganache filling is referred to as a truffle filling because it’s more than just a dark chocolate ganache made from dark chocolate and cream. The truffle filling includes a little butter, vanilla, and a pinch of salt to round out the texture and flavour of this no-bake chocolate filling. It’s still just as easy as a simple chocolate ganache filling, and the butter helps add shine and stability to ganache fillings. Some will make dark chocolate ganache filling for tarts with eggs (either whole eggs, egg yolks, or a mixture of both). Again, the eggs help with the emulsion. In this case, when egg yolks and/or eggs are added to a ganache mixture, usually the tart is baked in the oven to set or cooked on the stove, like for stovetop chocolate pots de crème.

Chocolate ganache with milk chocolate instead of dark

If you aren’t a fan of dark chocolate, try this raspberry chocolate tart which has a milk chocolate ganache filling that you may prefer. You can use that filling with this graham cracker crust, though you will have to prepare more filling (1.25 times the milk chocolate ganache filling is required to fill a 9 inch square tart shell).

a square chocolate tart on a wood board topped with swirls of Earl grey whipped cream

Earl Grey whipped cream stabilized with mascarpone

I topped this chocolate tart with whipped cream, but a more stable version of whipped cream, made with mascarpone. When you incorporate mascarpone into whipped cream, you form a more stable whipped cream that is less prone to weeping. Mascarpone stabilized whipped cream can be used to garnish without worrying that the whipped cream will deflate, lose volume, and break down. I added finely chopped Earl Grey tea leaves to the whipped cream topping, lending a slightly floral, citrusy note to the cream. I loved the look of the flecks of tea throughout the bright cream and these too could help absorb any moisture released from the whipped topping. Honestly, I’d use this mascarpone cream again for other recipes that benefit from refrigeration, like maybe for a trifle.

Homemade graham crackers with scalloped crinkle edges ground into homemade graham cracker crumbs

Note that to make the best chocolate truffle fillings and chocolate ganaches, you should use the best chocolate that you can buy. For this recipe, I used Cacao Barry Ocoa 70% dark chocolate, which is a professional quality dark chocolate that you can buy in IGA grocery stores in Quebec and online from Vanilla Food Company. It comes in 1 kilo resealable bags as pistoles (which resemble giant flattened chocolate chips). The texture of the dark chocolate ganache filling is wonderfully smooth with this chocolate! Do not use chocolate chips or compound chocolate for chocolate ganache. These are too sweet and contain unnecessary fats (often hydrogenated) that make for a less tasty filling. If you need help picking what chocolate to bake with, check out my guide to the types of chocolate for baking to find the best chocolate for every baking recipe.

Square tart filled with dark chocolate ganache and topped with whipped cream flecked with Earl Grey tea leaves

Other baking recipes infused with Earl Grey tea:

If you like Earl Grey tea, you can also try these other Earl Grey tea-infused desserts:

  1. Earl Grey panna cotta tarts
  2. Earl Grey tea layer cake
  3. Earl Grey hot chocolate
  4. Earl Grey chocolate truffles with lavender

Earl Grey chocolate tart recipe

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Earl grey chocolate truffle tart

Super easy dark chocolate tart with whipped cream and a graham cracker crust. You can make this a no-bake dessert by chilling the graham cracker crust instead of baking it! The mascarpone helps stabilize the whipped cream topping so that it doesn't weep

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword chocolate tart, graham cracker crust
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 337 kcal
Author Janice

Ingredients

Graham cracker crust

  • 255 grams graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 85 grams unsalted butter melted

Easy no bake chocolate filling for tart

  • 250 mL half-and-half cream in Quebec, this is called “crème à café” and has a 10% fat content
  • 3 bags Earl grey tea about 3–6 tbsp of loose leaf tea
  • 340 grams Ocoa dark chocolate from Cacao Barry (a 70% dark chocolate) chopped
  • 57 grams unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt

Earl grey whipped cream topping with mascarpone

  • 1 pack mascarpone cheese 250 grams
  • 188 mL whipping cream 35% fat content
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp Earl Grey tea leaves finely chopped if they aren’t so already

Instructions

Make the graham cracker crumb crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Have a 9-inch square tart pan with removable bottom ready (like this one from Amazon), placed on a baking sheet so that you can easily transfer to and from the oven.

  2. In a medium bowl mix the crust ingredients until the butter has evenly coated all the crumbs.
    Grind up homemade graham crackers to make graham cracker crumbs
  3. Pour the crust mixture in the tart pan, and press it out firmly and evenly all over the base and up the sides of the pan.
  4. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a wire rack to cool. If you are unsure about this step, check out my tips on how to remove a tart from a tart pan.

Prepare the easy no bake chocolate filling for tart:

  1. Begin by simmering (not boiling) the cream in a small saucepan with the tea bags for about 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Remove the pan from the stove, but leave the tea bags in while you work on the chocolate.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave on power level 5, microwaving for 1 minute at a time, then stirring, and repeating, until it is all melted and smooth.
  3. Remove the tea bags from the cream and add the tea-steeped hot cream to the chocolate mixture and stir until it is smooth (if the cream was a little cold, and the mixture appears curdled, just microwave it again for a couple minutes on power level 5, stirring every minute).

  4. Add the vanilla, salt
  5. Let the chocolate ganache you’ve just made sit on the counter, for an hour or so, to cool and set just enough that it is still pourable, but not super liquid (you know what I mean?).
  6. Transfer the ganache to the tart shell using a rubber spatula, being sure to not get chocolate on the edges, and also to not disturb the delicate edges of the crust.
  7. Let cool completely, cover, and refrigerate until the filling is set, about 4 hours and up to 8 hours before proceeding with the recipe.

Prepare the Earl Grey whipped cream topping with mascarpone:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the mascarpone, cream, sugar, and tea leaves on low, to combine, then on medium-high, until the mixture is thick and holds firm peaks. Don’t overbeat, or you’ll make butter (tasty, but not what we’re going for here…).
  2. With an offset spatula, spread the topping over the set tart, leaving pretty swirls and peaks of cream. Don’t worry if a little ganache is peaking through the cream. It looks better like that.
    Earl grey chocolate tart filled Earl grey tea infused chocolate ganache

Recipe Notes

  • For a no-bake chocolate tart, skip the graham cracker crust baking step and instead chill the crust thoroughly while you make the filling. The no bake graham cracker crust might be slightly more delicate than a baked graham cracker crust, but the crust will still be sturdy enough to unmold and slice once the filling has properly set.
  • Ocoa is a dark chocolate produced by Cacao Barry. It has a 70% cocoa content and is not overly sweet! Ocoa is available at IGA stores in Quebec, or you can order it online from Vanilla Food Company and have it shipped across the US & Canada!

Square tart with scalloped edges made with graham cracker crust, chocolate truffle filling, and whipped cream flecked with Earl Grey tea

This post is sponsored by Cacao Barry. I was compensated monetarily and with product. Thanks for supporting the companies that allow me to create content for Kitchen Heals Soul. As always, please know that I wouldn’t work with a sponsor nor recommend a product if it wasn’t worth it.
Please note this post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you buy a product I recommend, I will get a small commission, and the price you have to pay will not change in any way.

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34 Responses to Earl grey chocolate tart with whipped cream

  1. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite May 31, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    I LOVE your version and I love that you made a square tart! Looking forward to more #baketogether events!

  2. Ethan May 31, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    I love this “spin” of using earl grey in this tart and it looks great!
    p.s. I’d happily play tennis with you and I own Sharpies:)

  3. JenniferA May 31, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Oh wow, how creative!! I love the idea of the tea flavor with chocolate. Very comforting.

  4. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having May 31, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Love the pictures!

  5. chitchatchomp@yahoo.com.au May 31, 2011 at 2:26 am #

    Looks gorgeous!

  6. purabi naha May 31, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    The pictures made me so hungry. Now how can I play tennis?! Well,great recipe!!

  7. Evan Thomas May 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    You should definitely call, see if he’s cute, and offer to bring this. He’d be a fool to say no.

  8. Torviewtoronto June 1, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    delicious dessert looks wonderful

  9. Di-licious June 1, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    An absolutely sensational looking tart – congrats on making it to the FB Top 9! I’m so glad I checked the whole post – you’ve just introduced me to Abby Dodge as well as your own delightful blog. Maybe I’ll join you in the June Bake Together! (And you should check out the tennis partner possibility!)

  10. Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central) June 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    I love chocolate and earl grey tea, so I’ll surely love this tart. I’ll try making my own graham crackers like you did.

  11. whyschild June 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I might try infusing the Earl Grey into the butter rather than the cream. I learned this technique from a Dorie Greenspan book (by way of SmittenKitchen, I think), and it works like a dream. This looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it!

  12. apaler1 June 2, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    I love making earl grey truffles. The amazing thing about this recipe is that it looks like its basically a great recipe for truffles in a graham cracker crust. Can you ask for anything better?!?!?!

  13. Jess June 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    I just saw this on Foodbuzz and had to comment because this tart looks beyond gorgeous! I love the idea of combining the tea with the chocolate.

  14. Wilde in the Kitchen June 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I always think I’d be really good at tennis, even though I have no past experience to back up that thought… I’m really impressed with this tart, I love the combination of flavors here!

  15. Jan June 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    @whyschild Thanks for the suggestion! I am definitely going to try infusing the butter next time!

  16. freeeatsfood.com June 2, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    This looks absolutely dreamy. The combination of chocolate and earl grey is genius. I have always loved a steaming cup of earl grey with chocolate mousse. Lovely pics too. So pleased to have found your blog on Foodbuzz!

  17. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    This looks fantastic and so neat that it’s square. I’m so use to the typical round tarts. I’m not sure if I’ve ever even seen a square pan in person! Love your serving piece too!! Gorgeous.

  18. Juanita June 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Well, tennis is all about Love-Love 🙂

    Earl Grey tea is such an elegant and refined beverage. How marvelous to pare it with chocolate and cream!

  19. Bake Like Martha June 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Hahahah. I think that tarts are an acceptable substitution for tennis skills! Although if you want to impress him with both, just sneak some steroids into your piece and you’ll be just fine :p

    Earl grey…can’t say that I’ve seen too many people using that when they bake! Awesome idea though. I’ve been seeing a lot of people lately using matcha or other green tea variants in their recipes, it’s tempting to hop on the bandwagon and make some tea-infused dessert.

  20. A SPICY PERSPECTIVE June 3, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    That. Looks. Awesome. 🙂

  21. Jamie June 3, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Love the story and I can so relate. And wooing with chocolate ganache tarts is my way, too. Or sitting at home and eating a slice of this luscious tart while dreaming of many men. Love your version and love the square shape and the elegant swooshes of mascarpone cream flecked with tea. Just lovely! Each version of this I see I want to make it again and try a new flavor twist. Just perfect. Oh and I’ll be checking out your graham cracker recipe!

  22. Dustin June 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Got any leftovers? Looks great!

  23. Jan June 5, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    @Dustin Thanks, Dustin! Sadly, no leftovers. It’s all gone 🙁

  24. Letizia Golosa June 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    WOW!!!! This looks amazing!!!!!!!!

  25. Beta January 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    My friend sent me this recipe and I made it twice: once for Thanksgiving and once for Christmas. It’s amazingly delicious and was a big hit among my family! Everything about it is good: the crust ends up tasting a little caramelized, the chocolate ganache is wonderfully smooth and dark, and the topping is very delicious!

    I found actually that it tastes better if you make the whipped topping the day before you’re going to eat it, because this gives the tea leaves time to “steep” into the creme and release more flavor. Also, I used 2 bags of tea leaves in the creme the first time I made it and reduced it to only 1 bag of tea leaves the second time, and it was still flavorful enough.

    One funny thing about eating the creme with the tea leaves I’ve found is that it makes my tongue feel dry, as if the tea leaves are sucking moisture from it.

  26. ScoutCat July 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

    Can you make this in a pie tin instead of a tart pan?

  27. Shannon July 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    Could you make this in a pie tin? I don’t have a tart pan. Thank you.

  28. Brooke October 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    This was a great recipe! Very easy to follow and very tasty. I will be making this again soon!

    • Janice November 26, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

      I’m so glad you liked it! This reminds me that I should make it again too 😉

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