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Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart

“A very rich, chocolately and salty tart. So rich, I couldn't even finish a whole slice! ... perhaps I cut slices that were too big.”

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Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart

Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart

Hi there! I’m currently blogging from the floor, since we are waiting delivery of our new couch! The couch we bought from Costco over 2 years ago had springs start sticking up, making it very uncomfortable on the bum. Since they have a lifetime warranty on things you buy there, we took it back for a FULL REFUND! Woot!! Our new couch arrives on Tuesday, so it’s either dining chairs, or floor and cushions for me till then 😛

Anyhoo, I made this insanely rich tart for Father’s Day dessert the other week. It was sooo rich I couldn’t finish a slice. The saltiness of the pretzels did help, but if there was a peanut butter swirl going on, that might have helped cut through the fudge tart. I left the rest with Dad to demolish throughout the week. I don’t think I’ll be making it again, but if I do, serving sizes with be small squares instead.

Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart

Donna Hay

  • 120g digestive biscuits
  • 120g mini pretzels, plus 14-16 extra pretzels, to decorate
  • 180g unsalted butter, melted
  • 375g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 310ml single (pouring) cream
  • 2 tablespoons butterscotch-flavoured liqueur
  • 75g 70 per cent dark chocolate, melted
  1. Place the biscuits and pretzels in a small food processor and blitz to fine crumbs. With the motor running, add the butter and process until combined. Press the biscuit mixture into the base and sides of a lightly greased 36cm x 13cm x 2.5cm loose-bottomed fluted tart tin and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Place the dark chocolate, cream and liqueur in a medium saucepan over low heat and stir until the chocolate has melted. Set aside for 10 minutes. Pour the chocolate into the biscuit shell and return to the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until completely set.
  3. Using a fork, dip the pretzels in the melted chocolate and place on top of the tart to decorate. Return to the refrigerator for 40 minutes or until set.

Serves 10-12.

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21 comments on “Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart
  1. Kim - September 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    love love love how the pretzels look like they’ve been embossed. so awesome!

  2. Sarah - September 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    It’s a shame that the tart was too rich… but it sure looks beautiful!! Your dad is very lucky :)

  3. Winnie @ Eat.Play.Shop. - September 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    This looks awesome! Chocolate tarts are so beautiful to make but I always find that I can’t eat much of it due to its richness which is a shame! Didn’t know about the life time guarantee thing on Costco stuff so thanks for the tip!!!!!

  4. leaf (the indolent cook) - September 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    It does look super rich! So stunning though – the pretzels on top really give it a wow factor.

  5. Hannah - September 10, 2012 at 3:32 am

    At this moment, this is all I want in the world. Oh chocolate and salt, chocolate and salt!

  6. Kristy @ Southern In-Law - September 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

    This looks so good! One of my most asked for party treats is peanut butter pretzel bark so there’s no doubt this would be a winner if you added that swirl!

  7. Daisy@Nevertoosweet - September 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I was wondering when you’ll blog this recipe :) poor you having to sit on the floor hehe I’m SO gonna go to Costco get some pretzels and make this tart! Can i use a round tart tin? ~ if not it’ll be an excuse for me to go get a long tart tin like yours hehe ~ your daddy must’ve been so happy with this tart!

  8. Cindy - September 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Wow, that’s the darkest chocolate dessert I’ve seen in a long time! And I agree that peanut butter would make an excellent partner to the chocolate and pretzels. :-)

  9. Ali - September 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I bet it was rich! But, I love dark chocolate, and I love pretzels…I think I would give it a try 😉 Looks great!

  10. Cara @ Gourmet Chick - September 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    What a great recipe – love the idea of combining salty and sweet

  11. Tv Food and Drink - September 11, 2012 at 5:38 am

    That is a beautiful, beautiful thing!

  12. Marta@What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today - September 11, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Congrats on a new couch – I like the company already :) And this small tart must be amazing!

  13. Catherine - September 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Mm since I don’t like dark choc much, I would make a milk choc tart with salt pretzels instead 😉

  14. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - September 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I’m so jealous of your Costco. When I lived in Orlando there were two huge ones and I loved it. Maybe they’ll move to Brisbane one day and I’ll make a road trip. So cool that you got your money back.

    I love this tart! :)

  15. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake - September 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    You are such a genius Michele! XD I never really liked pretzels much, because I find them dry and well, not that spectacular. But dipped in chocolate and on top of chocolate? Hell yes!

    And I had no idea Costco has a lifetime warranty on things, does this apply to all furniture?

  16. Ames - September 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    This looks so cool, Shellie! I like how the pretzels pop up out of the dark chocolate, very effective visually :). Hope you are now enjoying your couch 😀

  17. Cynthia - September 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Such stunning presentation! Almost too beautiful to eat – almost.

  18. Thanh - September 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Looks amazing. Such a good daughter.

  19. Sammie - November 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    That looks totally awesome. What a sight to behold. I guess it being so rich is a bit of a bonus, that way it will just last longer! I’ve just discovered chocolate covered pretzels at my local Thomas Dux so this tart just looks a little too tempting…

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