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Chocolate tart
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Alternative names Chocolate cream pie
Type Tart
Main ingredients Shortcrust pastry, dark chocolate, cream and eggs
Variations Some versions may call for pâte sablée but most merely call for a sweetened egg pastry. It should not be made with puff pastry
Espresso chocolate tart with cholocate sauce
An espresso chocolate tart with chocolate sauce

Chocolate tart, also known as chocolate cream pie, is a dessert consisting of dark chocolate, cream and eggs, beaten together, poured into a crisp, sweetened pastry shell and baked until firm. It is considered a form of custard tart because it includes an egg-based filling. The dish is similar in composition to chocolate mousse, however, being baked gives the chocolate tart a firmer texture.

Due to the cost of the ingredients and difficulty of making the pastry, the dish was, until recently (2016), relatively rare except in upscale cafés. It has many variants, and is considered a gourmet dessert. An early 19th century book for "opulent families" featured a chocolate tart recipe that included cinnamon and lemon peel, taken from a 1770 book.

In Australia the chocolate tart came to national attention after being featured on the first series of MasterChef Australia in 2009. Subsequently, billed as "Australia's most famous dessert", a chocolate tart recipe became one of the deciding factors in determining the winner of the series final, although the recipe had been simplified from the original for the show. The dessert has also featured on British TV series The Naked Chef, in which Jamie Oliver cooked a chocolate tart for a romantic meal with his girlfriend (and future wife).

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