The full recipe for this tart is above, but here’s a quick visual breakdown of the process.
The Hazelnut Crust
The crust for this recipe is deceptively easy! It’s just a case of blending together the ingredients until they’re super coarse. One thing to keep in mind though is your hazelnuts. I know this is pitched as a raw tart, and it 100% can be, but I promise you it’ll taste a lot better if you toast those hazelnuts! You don’t have to cremate them – in fact, please don’t cremate them – but just a bit of colour will bring out those essential oils that will set your tastebuds on FIRE (in a good way).
Forming the Crust
This bit’s also deceptively easy. It’s just a case of pressing the crust mixture into a tart tin. You can also use a pie tin, with fluted sides, but a tart tin works better since they usually have removable bases. It can be tricky to get this guy out of the tin sometimes, so you’ll need some help. Once the crust is pressed into the tin and right around the edges, you’ll need to refrigerate it.
For the filling, you’ll need to melt together some chocolate and coconut oil. The easiest way to do this is in the microwave, however, it’s pretty easy to burn chocolate in the microwave, which tastes super bad! Instead, opt for a double boiler. These then get added with the remaining ingredients in a blender. The mixture should be super smooth and runny to begin with, but after a few short stints in the fridge, the chocolate and the coconut oil will start to set, which will mean the mixture thickens up. Keep checking the filling and giving it a good mix between fridge blasts. Once it holds soft peaks, it’s ready to be piped into the crust.
The tart is almost finished but it wouldn’t be perfect without an extra hazelnut kick. If you can get hold of hazelnut praline paste, this is the best option for filling in those gaps between the chocolate filling. This can be pretty hard to source, however, and hazelnut butter does an amazing job here too. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and chopped toasted hazelnuts and hey presto! The best dessert ever!