No cook chocolate-orange tart – Mother’s Day special

May 9, 2010 at 9:34 am 4 comments

It’s been a busy weekend, filled with celebrations – a few for Mother’s Day and a big one for our best mate Commando, who had a great birthday yesterday.   We also snuck in a big birthday celebration for my fantastic FIL, who had his birthday last Wednesday.  We’ve just got home and there’s been no time to blog in the mean time, but hopefully the wait was worth it, for tonight’s post is a creamy, fudgey, decadent, no cook chocolate-orange tart.  The filling in this tart is so gooey and rich, you could consider making the filling, chilling it and serving it as a chocolate jaffa mousse.  Sound good?  Check the pictures!

Love to my Mum, my mother in law, sister in law, and all the other mums today

Love to my Mum, my mother in law, sister in law, and all the other mums today

This tart saved my bacon today.  We fanged back down the coast after breakie at magical MIL / fantastic FIL’s place, and at that point, I still didn’t know what I was going to make for dessert to go with our Mother’s Day lunch.  I googled “quick and simple chocolate tart” – as “something chocolatey” was the brief, and I came across a recipe on BBC Good Food, called the “No cook chocolate tart”.  This recipe is a modified version of that.  The terrific thing about this tart is that it’s really quick to make – with a bit of team work, Pa, Mr L and I had it made within 30 minutes.  I whacked it in the fridge to chill, then set to work enjoying the day with the mums.

No cook chocolate-orange tart – Ingredients

250g butternut snap biscuits
100g butter
1 tbsp honey
100g bar dark chocolate with orange (I used Green’s brand as they come in 100 g bars)
100g bar milk chocolate (Green’s brand)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp icing sugar
300ml whipping cream – 200 ml for mixing, 100 ml set aside for decorating
200g raspberries, to serve
chocolate hearts for decoration

One heart and three pralines on the choc-orange no cook tart

One heart and three pralines on the choc-orange no cook tart


1. Crush the biscuits by putting them in a large, strong, plastic food bag and bashing with a rolling pin.

2. Melt the butter with the syrup or honey in the microwave, then stir in the biscuits.

3. Press onto the base and up the sides of a 12 x 36cm rectangular tin (or 23-25cm round flan tin) and chill while you make the filling.  The longer you chill the base the better – I’d suggest an hour of chilling time would be ideal.  (Note that I didn’t have enough base today to coat the sides of the tin, but have increased the biscuit quantity in the recipe to allow for enough base.)

Biscuit, butter and honey base

Biscuit, butter and honey base

4.Break up the two chocolate bars and put them into a large bowl. Melt in the microwave for 2-3 mins on medium, stirring halfway through.  Allow to cool slightly while getting on with step 5.

5. Whip the cream until it just holds its shape, stir in the vanilla extract, then sift in the icing sugar.  Fold the mixture into the slightly cooled, melted chocolate.

6. Pour into the prepared tin and smooth the top. Chill for at least 2 hrs or for up to 2 days.  My recommendation would be to make this tart a day in advance to give it a good amount of time to chill.

Chocolate filling goes on top of the crunchy, biscuit base

Chocolate filling goes on top of the crunchy, biscuit base

7. Just before serving, remove the tart from the tin and slide it onto a flat plate (loosen edges first with the tip of a small pointed knife). You will find it easier to remove the tart if you leave it at room temperature for 30 mins.

Cut along the edges of the tart before removing from the tin

Cut along the edges of the tart before removing from the tin

8. To serve, I put a quenelle of the reserved whipped cream on the tart, and added a chocolate heart or strawberry praline (I know it’s excessive, but it was Mother’s Day, okay?)  You could use raspberries or strawberries instead – and in fact, they’d probably be a better choice as they’d help to cut through the richness of the chocolate tart.

I served this tart with raspberries and vanilla icecream on the side.

Super rich chocolate-orange tart, with a Wiggles book in the background

Super rich chocolate-orange tart, with a Wiggles book in the background

A note to the gluten free amongst us

Note that I chose to use wheat based biscuits in this tart as I wanted to make sure it turned out right, but having made it, feel confident you could choose a gluten free shortbread to substitute for the base.  Since quite a lot of butter is involved, I don’t have any fear that the GF biscuits would have trouble binding.  If you do try it, let me know how you go?

And then there were macarons…

While we were at Le Patissier buying the truffles and pralines for the tart, Mr L and I figured we might as well get some macarons as well!  We chose three coconut and three of the gorgeous mango beauties pictured below.  They were soft, juicy, delicious and (unfortunately for the macarons) really had a very short life span.

(In case you’re wondering, yes I will be going for a very long walk tomorrow and possibly a swim and a bike ride in an effort to expend some of the energy I’ve consumed today!)

Coconut and mango macarons from Le Patissier, Neutral Bay

Coconut and mango macarons from Le Patissier, Neutral Bay

A very happy Mother’s Day to all my favourite mums!

I feel most fortunate to be surrounded by lots of lovely mums.  Of course, my Mum and Mr L’s Mum top the list, but I also have a number of adopted mums and more and more friends who are now becoming mums too.  It seems fitting to end this post with a big air smooch to all those lovely mums who are celebrating Mother’s Day today with their adoring offspring.  I hope you had the chance to put your feet up (at least for a little while), got lots of hugs and kisses and were looked after on this special day!

How did you spend your Mother’s Day?

Have you had a great day with your Mum, or being spoilt by your kids?  How did you spend the day today?


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gabs  |  May 9, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I think I just put on 10 kilos looking at that picture… yummo!! xx

    • 2. myfavouritefruits  |  May 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

      I know Gabby – I’m feeling so full! It was delicious, but I think I could have cut the slices much smaller! xxx

  • 3. Lady Flaxalot  |  May 9, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Glad to see you got the dessert sorted: it looks delicious!

    FIL has decided to give up and in future will celebrate his birthday on the same day as Paul.

    • 4. myfavouritefruits  |  May 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      Oh haha – cheeky ILs! At least I didn’t wish FIL a happy birthday AFTER his actual birthday day… 😐 BTW – I should have thanked you and FIL for all your terrific assistance in trying to find the right dessert. I think I’ll make that moulten chocolate cake with pears for another dinner with friends that’s coming up. xxx


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