Simple, Decadent Chocolate Bourbon Tart

September 16, 2010 · 23 comments

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Simple, Decadent Chocolate Bourbon Tart

Years ago, when it was my turn to cook a holiday dinner for my extended family, I realized I’d gotten myself in over my head. In fit of poor planning, I’d settled on a menu involving a great deal of fussy preparation and last-minute tending that would stretch my cooking skills to their limit. And I hadn’t yet decided on a dessert. The evening before the big dinner I recalled a recipe I’d clipped (source unknown) for a seemingly dead simple, no-bake chocolate tart that would surely appeal to my family, chocoholics all. Perfect, right?

Well, not exactly. The tart was delicious, and family members asked for the recipe, which I retrieved. At that point, I realized I’d somehow botched its no-brainer, two-ingredient chocolate filling. The recipe called for an 8-ounce bag of chocolate; I’d accidentally used a 12-ounce bag. It called for 2 1/2 cups of whipping cream; I’d misread that as 2 1/2 cups of whipped cream. I had inadvertently made a tart considerably more chocolaty than the recipe I was trying to follow.

Occasionally, cooking errors do produce wonderful results, as they miraculously did in this case. Over the years, I’ve made multiple renditions of my chocolate tart “mistake” by varying the types of tart shell and chocolate used, adding seasonal fruits, and including different flavorings in the tart’s filling. In this decadent, Southern-style variation on this quick and easy tart, I have used a bourbon-flavored, bittersweet chocolate filling and a tart shell of toasted pecans. Chocolate lovers: enjoy!


For the tart shell:

1/2 cup plain or chocolate graham cracker crumbs (4-5 crackers)
1 cup shelled and toasted pecans
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter

For the filling:

12 ounces good-quality, bittersweet dark chocolate (I used 60% cacao chocolate morsels here, a slightly higher cacao content is better if you can find it and afford it)
1 tablespoon honey or light corn syrup
3 tablespoons whipping cream
3-4 tablespoons bourbon
1 cup chilled whipping cream
(Optional) dark chocolate shavings or additional whipped cream for garnish


  1. Lightly oil a 9-inch tart pan or shallow pie pan.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the toasted pecans, graham crackers, and brown sugar until finely ground. Add the melted butter and pulse a couple of times more until fully blended. Press the crumbs evenly into the prepared tart pan and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Combine the chocolate, honey (or corn syrup), and 3 tablespoons of cream. Briefly heat until just (important!) melted, either in a microwave oven on a low setting or over simmering water in a double boiler. Stir in the bourbon until it is fully incorporated. Set the chocolate mixture aside until it has cooled to room temperature.
  4. In a mixing bowl or food processor, whip 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream until fully blended. Taste the mixture and, if needed, add additional bourbon to suit your taste. Spoon the filling into the tart shell and chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours, but preferably overnight, before serving. Serves 10-12.

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Shelisa September 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm

YUM! I want a slice of that pie. With a cup of coffee, sis I mention instead of cream…… another shot of Bourbon. I love your site. Visually pleasing. I’ll be back soon.


Jane-Anne September 25, 2010 at 6:27 am

This recipe is pure evil, EVIL, I tell you. I’m not a lover of sweet things but I would have no hesitation in demolishing this in a minute. Beautiful.


Maria @ ScandiFoodie September 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

This looks so perfect and sounds delicious!


siri September 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

This would be a great one for the Thanksgiving dessert buffet – it cuts down on the stress of having to make the perfect pie crust. Sounds like a fantastic combination- pecans and bourbon always go well together.


Barbara Bakes September 23, 2010 at 8:47 am

What a great idea to add nuts to the crust. It looks delicious!


Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog September 21, 2010 at 1:26 am

This is my kind of post and tart, decadent and chocolaty – brilliant. Cheers,


Megan September 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Yea, this one has to be made! Bookmarked!


Kim September 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I am going upstairs and making this RIGHT NOW. ummmm…..


Winnie September 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

OMG this looks unbelievably amazing Barbara. I can’t wait for an occasion to make this!


Faith September 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I think sometimes the best recipes are born like that! I’m a total chocoloholic and this definitely a winner in my book!


Amanda September 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm

O M G Barbara! That looks positively decadent! Wish I was at your house!


Cookin' Canuck September 18, 2010 at 8:15 am

Now this is a mistake I would be proud to serve. Yum!


Debs September 18, 2010 at 3:08 am

OMG this sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing will have to try this recipe very soon, especially as I now have Pecans thanks to my SIL, as I can’t buy them here in Spain.


Jenny (VintageSugarcube) September 18, 2010 at 2:41 am

WOWZERS!! Yum!! It looks elegant, easy and delicious. What more could we ask for?


Barbara September 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Well, actually, since you asked … quite a few people might prefer your recent (blogged) adventure with cantaloupe martinis, island hopping, and God knows what sort of mischief you might have gotten involved in.


Jen @ How To: Simplify September 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Wow, this looks sinful! My husband is a chocoholic. I know he would love this recipe!


A Canadian Foodie September 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Oh my! I wonder if this is tasty – hehe. What a decadent recipe. Le French Chocolat Tart is one of my very favourite after dinner treats. YUMMMMMM Valerie


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme September 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Barbara – it seems we’ve been thinking along the same lines lately, both posting chocolate desserts yesterday! This tart looks absolutely divine and deliciously decadent…just the way I like it. Happy mistake, this one!


Alta September 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Oh my. No words. Only drool.


Suzanne Collier September 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Decadent indeed! So many of my favorite things all in one amazing dish. Excellent mistake!


Mags September 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Cheers to mistakes that still turn out heavenly. It looks delicious!


Arnold September 16, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Totally decadent but so yummy. I do not think one could ever add too much chocolate.


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