TARTE AU CHOCOLAT – Jacques Genin’s famous simple chocolate tart: The recipe

(Can’t stop eating it (photo: Sharon Heinrich
The monsieur strains the hot cream into the silver bowl holding the chocolate. He waits a bit, letting the chocolate begin to soften into the cream before he sticks the spatula into the middle. With gentle circular movements and without pulling the spatula out, he mixes the chocolate. He does this slowly and gently, taking care not to let air bubbles get mixed into the ganache. His eyes don’t budge from the cream, which is gradually turning darker and darker with each movement of the spatula. After a few minutes of persistent stirring, the rich brown color takes over, and the bowl’s contents transform into smooth and glossy ganache.
 
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This ganache is, in fact, the filling of Jacques Genin’s famous chocolate tart, which is representative of Genin’s pastry-making philosophy and practice. Not one for decorations, food coloring, or innovative techniques, he takes classics to the extreme, turning them into exquisite delicacies. Despite its simplicity, his chocolate tart is his greatest. It’s made up of superb flaky dough and rich chocolate ganache—no additives or extra layers or textures besides the delicate crackle of the golden pastry and the dense, soft layer of the dark chocolate ganache on top.
(So simple and so good (photo: Sharon Heinrich
 
Jacques Genin’s Tarte au Chocolat
Makes 2 rings (20 cm in diameter, 2-3 cm high)
 
Ingredients
Pastry Dough:
25 grams almond meal
100 grams confectioner’s sugar
2 grams salt
250 grams flour
140 grams cold butter, cubed
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
 
Dark Chocolate Ganache:
440 grams heavy whipping cream
400 grams dark chocolate (66% cocoa; Genin uses Valrhona’s
Caraibe)
 
Preparation
1In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine almond meal, confectioner’s sugar, salt, and flour. 
2. Using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed, then add the butter and mix until it resembles coarse meal (sablage). You also can do this in a food processor or by hand, crumbling the butter into the flour
mixture until coarse and sandy in texture.
3. Switch to the dough hook and add the egg. Mix until the ingredients come together into a ball of dough. Remove from the mixer bowl and knead briefly on your work surface until well combined.
4. Lightly sprinkle the top and bottom of the ball of dough with flour (be sure to flour both sides!), put it between two sheets of parchment paper, and lightly flatten it into a disk (don’t roll it out completely). Transfer the dough, with the paper, to the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour.
5. Remove from the fridge, and roll out the dough to a thickness of 2 mm.
6. Line the rings with the dough, making sure that the sides are fully filled in and straight so that they don’t collapse during baking. Using a knife, gently trim the overhanging edges.
7. Freeze the dough-lined rings for about half an hour.
8. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius, and place the dough-lined rings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
9. Bake for 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and using folded paper towels or a clean dishtowel, remove the air bubbles that formed on the crust’s base by pushing the dough down. Return to the oven for another 3 minutes. Take out andremove the ring molds. Place the crusts on a rack and bake for another 5 minutes, until golden-brown and no longer pale at all. This last step is very important as it allows the pastry to acquire that golden color Genin loves so much.
10. Remove the baked crusts from the oven and cool on a rack.
11. Put the chocolate in a large bowl.
12. In a medium pot, heat the cream until almost boiling. Remove from heat and strain the cream into the bowl with the chocolate. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes before stirring.
13. Using a spatula, slowly and gently begin to stir together the chocolate and cream. Keep the spatula in the center of the bowl, touching the bottom, without lifting it out, so that air bubbles aren’t incorporated in. You should be stirring slowly and carefully for a few minutes, until you have a glossy ganache with no air bubbles. 
14. Pour the ganache into the crusts, almost to the top of the edges. Cool to room temperature, and serve that same day. The tarts can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days, but they’re best when fresh. 
(So are you going to bake it? (photo: Sharon Heinrich
BON APPETIT!
Sharon

Comments

  • 12 May 2020

    I could watch your videos of delicious, delectable creations all day !! I’m definitely going to attempt to make this rich and beautiful tart 😍
    Thank you for sharing the recipe .

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  • 14 May 2020
    לירון

    היי שרון, תודה על המתכון!
    אם הבנתי נכון המתכון לא דורש אפייה עיוורת של הבצק. איך מתקבלים שוליים כאלה גבוהים ?

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  • 29 May 2020
    Sudha chary

    Any substitute for egg please

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    • 13 July 2020

      Strictly speaking, a dough like this doesn’t *need* egg. The egg helps the dough to be more supple and less crumbly when rolling out, helps it to have a deeper golden-brown color and to be a little more crunchy — to have more of a bite — when it’s baked, and helps to prevent the baked tart shell from absorbing moisture out of the air or from a filling after the pastry has been made, extending the shelf life. Theoretically, a few tablespoons of cold water could be used instead of the egg, a la an American pie dough.

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  • 17 June 2020
    Alexa

    Hello! This looks incredible! If I want to make only one tart (9 inch) and should divide the ingredients in half, what do you suggest for the egg? Use one smaller egg? Thank you!

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  • 08 July 2020
    Viet Anh

    This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing. Can I freeze half the dough if I only wish to make one tart? How long will it keep if so?

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  • 26 August 2020

    Hi Sharon, do you recommend any specific kind of flour for this dough ? I would love to hear your advice, thanks in advance !

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  • 23 November 2020
    Angie

    Would 72% dark chocolate work in this recipe?

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  • 10 December 2020
    Veronica

    Hello,

    I do not have an electric mixer at all and I especially don’t have a stand mixer. I see that the butter can be mixed by hand. Will it suffice to mix the egg in by hand as well?

    Thank you

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  • 15 December 2020
    Bcostello

    Made this today for my gcse food practise, I slightly altered the recipe by reducing it and it turned it amazing would 100% recommend
    Thank you!

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  • 03 February 2021
    Nabila kaci

    Simple and delicieuse tarte thank you chef

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  • 11 February 2021
    Aniqa Arif

    Amazing tart chef!

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  • 19 February 2021
    Melissa Flesch

    How would I convert this for one 11 inch tart?
    Thanks!

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  • 05 March 2021
    Lauren

    Hello! So excited to make this tomorrow. One quick question: is it 440 GRAMS cream or 440 ML? I believe cream is not 1g = 1L like water so wanted to double check. I have a scale so can weigh the cream. תודה!

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      • 08 March 2021
        Lauren

        It was INCREDIBLE!!!!! My family thought it was from a patisserie. I did a sablé crust because of nut allergies in the family and it was beautiful together. Thanks again 🙂

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  • 05 June 2021
    Aaro

    I made it with a fluted tart tin and it looked amazing. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  • 03 March 2022
    Corentin

    Hey, thanks for the recipe !
    I face a problem, and not sure where it comes from. I heated the heavy cream (30% fat) in microwave, and mixed it, but there were a lot of liquid fat not mixing and staying out of the mix. This ended up in a less creamy result, little bit rough, and some fat above the chocolate, once poured on the dough.
    Do you know why this have happened ? I guess its either my cream itself, my cool down time witch was too long (easily over 2min) or maybe I heated it too much?

    Thanks if you got 5 min to help me !

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    • 11 December 2023
      Katia

      It is called broken ganache. You can fixing it by heating up two tablespoons of milk and mixing into your ganache.

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  • 02 April 2022
    Jo

    Thank you for sharing the recipe.
    I would like to make one 20cm tart but I don’t have tart rings.
    1. Can the dough crust be made in a small cake tin?

    2. After the ganache fills the tart, do I leave it to set at room temperature?
    Will make early in morning . Will it set by evening for the party?

    3. Can the dough crust be made the day before?
    Thanks

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      • 04 April 2022
        Jo

        Thanks for your reply.
        I made this full recipe in a 24cm (9.5 inch quiche/tart tin with removable base).
        The crust was perfect made the night before and the 70% chocolate (from supermarket- Plaistowe brand) with the cream for the ganache was delectable, heavenly. I made the ganache early next morning .
        Everybody loved it!!!!
        In all a beautiful creation. My son put some sea salt flakes on tart just before serving and it was great!
        Thank you again.

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  • 13 December 2023
    David

    Hi, I’ve made this a couple of times, it has been excellent. Just wondering, why no lined and weighted blind bake first?

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