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Chocolate Orange and Hazelnut Tart

Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Tart inspired by Hotel Chocolat

Chocolate and hazelnut pastry holds a creamy chocolate filling with hazelnut spread and generous lashings of orange liqueur.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European
Keyword: chocolate tart
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka


For the chocolate hazelnut tart

  • 85 g/ ā…“ cup butter chilled and cubed
  • 150 g/1 Ā¼ cup flour
  • 35 gā…“ cup finely ground hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 65 g/1/3 cup brown sugar

For the chocolate orange filling

  • 200 ml/3/4 cup double cream/whipping cream
  • 250 g/8oz good quality dark chocolate chopped (not chocolate chips)
  • 65 g/1/4 cup mascarpone
  • 6 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella
  • 2 tbsp Cointreau or orange flavouring

For the chocolate hazelnut cream rosettes

  • 250 ml/1 cup double cream/whipping cream
  • 65 g/1/4 cup mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 tbsp chopped hazelnuts for decoration optional


For the chocolate hazelnut tart

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. In the food processor combine all tart ingredients and pulse until a pastry ball forms around the blade. Alternatively you can make it by hand in a large bowl but cutting the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles crumbs. Then form the pastry on a floured surface and roll it out to fit an 8 inch tart tin with a removable bottom. Chill the pastry in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Then line the inside of the tart with parchment paper and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 20 minutes, then remove the baking beans and parchment paper and check for doneness. Bake for 5 minutes longer if necessary. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

For the chocolate orange filling

  • Heat the double/whipping cream until it bubbles around the edges but not boils yet. Pour over chopped chocolate, cover with a lid for a minute, then uncover and stir with a whisk until smooth, add mascarpone, chocolate hazelnut spread and orange liqueur, stir until well combined.
  • Pour into the chilled tart and put in the fridge to set for at least one hour.
  • When the tart is set, whip the double/whipping cream until soft peaks form, then add mascarpone and chocolate hazelnut spread and whip for another minute until it's pipeable consistency.
  • Load a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe rosettes around the edge of the tart or spread it and swirl with a spatula. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.
  • Keep in the fridge but remove at least 30-40 minutes before serving to allow the chocolate come to a room temperature for maximum flavour.