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Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart

A very rich, chocolatey 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
September 9, 2012

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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.


21 comments on “Dark Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Tart
  1. Kim

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

    September 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm
  2. Sarah

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

    September 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm
  3. Winnie @ Eat.Play.Shop.

    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!!!!!

    September 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm
  4. leaf (the indolent cook)

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

    September 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm
  5. Hannah

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

    September 10, 2012 at 3:32 am
  6. Kristy @ Southern In-Law

    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!

    September 10, 2012 at 6:56 am
  7. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    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!

    September 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Of course! Use whatever shaped tin you like 🙂

      September 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm
  8. Cindy

    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. 🙂

    September 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm
  9. Ali

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

    September 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm
  10. Cara @ Gourmet Chick

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

    September 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm
  11. Tv Food and Drink

    That is a beautiful, beautiful thing!

    September 11, 2012 at 5:38 am
  12. Marta@What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today

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

    September 11, 2012 at 5:41 am
  13. Catherine

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

    September 11, 2012 at 10:38 am
  14. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    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! 🙂

    September 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm
  15. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    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?

    September 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm
  16. Ames

    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 😀

    September 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm
  17. Cynthia

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

    September 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm
  18. Thanh

    Looks amazing. Such a good daughter.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:59 am
  19. Nic@diningwithastud

    Oh. My. God. Yes!

    September 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm
  20. Sammie

    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…

    November 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm
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