bittersweet chocolate dulce de leche tart

by hungryrabbit on October 21, 2011

Bittersweet Chocolate Dulce de Leche Tart w Sea Salt

In case you haven’t heard, Pie Party Potluck LIVE was a big success. The attendees are still talking about it, and reading all the recaps brought me right back to that day’s excitement. There’s a list at the end of the post for all the re-caps to date.

For the party, I eventually decided to make two pies, or more accurately, a tart and a galette–in the sweet category, Bittersweet Chocolate Dulce de Leche Tart with Sea Salt, and on the savory side, Apple-Onion Galette with a Rosemary Parsnip Crust. Both seem to fare well at the party; only a trace of  crumbs were left.

The post-party nosh was just as important as the party itself. Attendees happily packed their selections in containers and boasted about the noshing the next day on Twitter. I was totally jealous because I didn’t get to take home any morsels. I should have made an extra one of each so M and I could savor them post party.

For the attendees who want to relive the moment, here’s the recipe for Bittersweet Chocolate Dulce de Leche Tart with Sea Salt. It was well received at the Pie Party and will certainly work for the upcoming holidays. I’ll post the savory galette soon.

Bittersweet Choc. Dulce de Leche Tart

Yield: One 9-inch tart


1-1/4 cups (6-1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced (1 stick)
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large egg yolks, room temperature


8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
3/4 cup prepared dulce de leche

Sea salt for sprinkling


1. Whisk the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda together in a medium bowl, set aside.

2. Add butter, confectioners’ and brown sugar in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the dry ingredients and pulse to combine. Add the egg yolks and continue to pulse to make a smooth dough. Remove the blade, and turn dough out onto a large sheet of plastic wrap, form into a disk, and wrap tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

3. Place the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper and roll into a circle about 1/4-inch thick. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

4. Peel off a piece of parchment from the dough, then gently flip dough into 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom, peeling away the rest of parchment. Carefully press dough into the tart pan so that it sits evenly in the pan. Trim excess dough from the edges. Line the crust with lightly sprayed parchment paper and fill with pie weights or baking beans.

5. Place tart shell on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the paper and weights and continue to bake until the crust sets, about 5-7 minutes more. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

6. While tart shell is baking. Place chopped chocolate and espresso powder in a medium bowl, set aside. Add cream and sweetened condensed milk to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth and shiny. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Cover, and set aside at room temperature.

7. Remove tart pan from oven and spread the dulce de leche evenly over the warm crust. Then top with the chocolate filling. Bake until the filling sets around edges but is still slightly wobbly in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely.

8. Right before serving, sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Posts about Pie Party Potluck LIVE

Abby: Abby Dodge
Alexandra: Blondie & Brownie
Alissa: Glamorous Snacker
Angela: Mind Over Batter 
Georgie: Georgie Cakes
Jackie: Diva That Ate New York
Jennifer: Jennifer Baker Henry
Justin: Just Cook NYC
Kate: Food Babbles
Lisa: Jersey Girl Cooks
Pam: Three Many Cooks
Rodney: Rodney Bedsole Food & Photos
Sarah: Fritos and Foie Gras
Serena: Big Apple Nosh
Tara: Chip Chip Hooray
Robin Shreeves: Mother Nature Network/Pie Party Live brings  virtual friends together

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny October 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

That is one beautiful tart.

a spoonful of yumm October 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

YUMM ! the tart looks so beautiful :)

Colleen October 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh my word………*shuts eyes and wipes drool off keyboard* I will have to try this one. Do I have to wait until my diet is over or can I just do it and go to pie heaven now? Beautiful!!! Im very glad there is no photograph of a wedge of this sitting on a pretty plate…I would have lost it completely! :) xx

Nelly Rodriguez October 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

This is such a gorgeous and decadent tart!

Annapet October 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

This is beautiful, Ken! My kind of dessert: sexy, bittersweet chocolate, and sea salt!

Sunchowder - Wendy Read October 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

OMG Ken, can you make a TART! Wish I could have been there to graze upon the pies…..:)

serena October 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I’m so glad you shared this – it was one of my favorite pies/tarts from the event!

georgie October 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I’m with Serena, I had not one, but two slices. You can rock some chocolate, for sure!

Ogunquit Beach Inn October 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

That looks delicious!!!! I want some now!

SweetSugarBelle October 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Ken, sometimes I run out of ways to tell you how much you impress me! I love everything you post. It’s BEAUTIFUL!

Margaret October 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

This pie was definitely one of my favorites at the pie party, so rich and delicious. I wish I have some right now!

Jamie October 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

Oh Ken, no peek into the inside to see what it looks like? This is gorgeous and similar to what I have planned on making. Such an incredible combo of flavors!!!

Russell van Kraayenburg October 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

This looks sooooo good, Ken. I just won a big boxful of chocolate from Scharffen Berger so I’ve been looking for some good chocolate recipes. I haven’t made a chocolate tart in a year or more and I love this recipe. Yumm!

Simone October 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm

That looks gorgeous and how I would have loved to dive right into that pie at that pie party! But well a plane ticket to New York was just a tiny bit too expensive.. :) But I want that pie now!

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