Many people look forward to Thanksgiving dessert just as much as some do the dinner. We always have the requisite pumpkin pie and I usually make my Bacon and Cheddar Apple Pie. My dad, The Pie Man, always makes an exquisite pie that we’ve never had before.
Not having hosted Thanksgiving myself this year, I was informed that a family member would be picking up two pumpkin whipped cream pies from a chain pie restaurant, and to let my dad know that neither he nor I had to bring an additional dessert. Um… suuure, that’s no problem, except that I’m not very good at doing what I’m told, so I brought this delightful Chocolate Hazelnut Tart from the current Thanksgiving Desserts Recipe Swap.
Not only was it super easy to make, it was incredibly pretty and very tasty to boot! And it went quickly. Everyone had a slice and I’ve been asked to make it again. There was just enough leftover for me to have a sliver the next morning with my coffee. Pure, chocolate bliss.
Next time, I might try melting the chocolate so that it is present in every bite and provides a different texture than the hazelnuts, but other than that, it was perfect in every way.
Oh, you might be wondering what happened with the store bought pumpkin whipped cream pies? One and a half remained at the end of the night…. And the next day too.
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart – slightly adapted from Cookies on Friday
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 3 Eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 Cups Hazelnuts (Filberts), peeled and chopped
- 8 oz. Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1 Cup Corn Syrup
- 2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- Piecrust for a 10-inch tart pan (homemade or store bought)
Preheat oven to 325. Line the tart pan with the pie crust and set aside. **
In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, eggs, hazelnuts, chocolate chips, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Pour the mixture into the pie crust taking care not to overfill.
Bake for one hour. Allow to cool at least 30 minutes before serving.
** Don’t have a tart pan? Use a pie pan and make Chocolate Hazelnut Pie, or a line a baking dish with the pie crust and make Chocolate Hazelnut Bars!