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Nutella tart

This nutella tart tastes exactly how it looks: lush. It’s a nutella ganache of sorts, cooked on the… I’m sorry, wait. Did you read that just now? NUTELLA GANACHE. Like regular chocolate ganache, but even better.

Ok so a nutella ganache cooked on the stovetop in a matter of minutes and poured into a toasted hazelnut crust. It’s rich, but not quite as rich as you would guess. Who am I kidding, the ingredients are heavy cream and nutella. It’s exactly as rich as you would guess.

Nutella tart
4 slices of Nutella tart on silver plates

While this is essentially a foolproof recipe (I swear it’s easy), I have a bunch of step shots for you so you can understand exactly what you’re doing with both the crust and the filling. I’ll put all of the step shots below the recipe since there’s quite a few.

But here’s what you need to know right now:

  • All of the filling’s flavor comes from nutella. I was tempted to put chopped up chocolate in the filling as well, but didn’t want anything– even plain chocolate– to take away from nutella’s own chocolate flavor.
  • You’ll only need 5 ingredients for the nutella filling. And they’re all basic ingredients like cream, cornstarch, nutella, vanilla, and salt.
  • The crust is wonderfully crunchy and a delightful complement to the smooth nutella filling it holds. Where are all my texture loving friends out there? This dessert is for us.
  • Taking a few minutes to toast the chopped hazelnuts beforehand intensifies their flavor, which clearly pairs well with chocolate hazelnut spread!
  • Make the crust in your food processor. Just wait until you smell everything coming together. Those toasted hazelnuts are unbelievably dreamy.
  • You don’t need to bake the filling! Just spread it inside the pre-baked crust and refrigerate.
  • Since this recipe sets up in the fridge, your oven is clear for other Thanksgiving recipes. We all really need this!

Also: make ahead recipe alert! Since this tart sets up in the refrigerator– and tastes best cold– you can essentially make it days in advance and let it hang out in the fridge until you need to serve it. You’ll love that!

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Nutella tart

Nutella Tart with Toasted Hazelnut Crust

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
  • Category: Tart
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This unbelievably rich and creamy Nutella tart is complete with a toasted hazelnut crust. The perfect make ahead, irresistible dessert!


Ingredients

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Toasted Hazelnut Crust

  • 1 cup (120g) chopped unsalted hazelnuts
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 Tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) ice water

Nutella Filling

  • 2 Tablespoons (14g) cornstarch
  • 2 cups (480g) heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup (225g) Nutella
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. I encourage you to check out the step-by-step photos below this recipe before beginning.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300°F (149°C). Spread chopped hazelnuts out onto a parchment paper or silicone baking mat lined baking sheet. Toast until slightly darkened, about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool down for 5 minutes. Turn the oven up to 350°F (177°C)
  3. For the crust: Using a food processor, pulse 3/4 cup of the toasted hazelnuts, the flour, sugar, and salt together until it reaches the consistency of coarse meal. (Reserve 1/4 cup of the nuts for topping.) Add the cubes of cold butter and pulse until the mixture turns into pea-sized crumbs.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, slowly stir in 3 Tablespoons of ice water. You only want to add enough water to bring the dough somewhat together. Using floured fingers or the bottom of a flat and lightly floured measuring cup, press the dough evenly into a 9-inch tart pan. You want it extremely tight in the pan. You’ll need to use pie weights for the next step, so line the crust with aluminum foil or parchment paper and add pie weights.
  5. Bake (with pie weights) for 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack so it can slightly cool as you prepare the filling.
  6. For the filling: Whisk the cornstarch and 1/2 cup of the heavy cream together in a small bowl. (You want a little cream mixed with the cornstarch to avoid white cornstarch lumps in your filling.) Combine the cornstarch mixture, the rest of the heavy cream, nutella, and salt into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil. While constantly whisking, allow to boil for 3 minutes as it thickens. Remove from heat, whisk in the vanilla, then pour into the crust, swirling the top for a pretty pattern (if desired!).
  7. Chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or until set. Top with remaining hazelnuts.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: This is the perfect recipe to make ahead of time, especially when you are entertaining. You can prepare the entire dessert, cover tightly, and keep in the refrigerator for 3 days before serving.
  2. Special Tools: Food Processor | Measuring CupsPie Weights | Tart Pan
  3. Smaller Tarts: To make smaller, individual size tarts– simply press crust into small tart pans. It will make about 8-10 depending on the size you’re using. Pre-bake crust until golden brown on the edges and spread in the filling.
  4. Adapted from Food Network.

Keywords: nutella tart

The crust is made from hazelnuts, flour, a little sugar, salt, cold water, and cold butter. Remember the cardinal rule for making pie/tart crust from scratch? Cold is best. The chopped hazelnuts are toasted before you mix them with the other ingredients. And by “mixing” I’m referring to your food processor. You want to break down those hazelnuts into a crumb-like texture, pulsing them with a few of the other crust ingredients as well as the butter.

2 images of toasted hazelnuts on a baking sheet and the crust mixture in a food processor

Transfer the crust dough to a large mixing bowl, then slowly mix in ice cold water. You’ll only need about 2-3 Tablespoons, no more. It will still be a little sandy, but that’s ok. It will come together when you press it into the pan. The next step is to pre-bake the crust. You’ll need a 9-inch tart pan. Here is the tart pan I own and love if you don’t have one yet! You can also make small individual tarts if you’d like. See my recipe note above. 🙂

To press the crust into the tart pan, use a floured flat-bottomed measuring cup. This is the best trick I learned! You can really pack the crust down and around the edges, especially if you keep your measuring cup floured.

2 images of hazelnut crust in a bowl and pressing into a tart pan

Perfect!

toasted hazelnut crust pressed into a tart pan before baking

Bake the crust for about 20 minutes. You’ll need pie weights (or dried beans!) for this step.The reason? The added weight on the dough ensures that the crust holds its shape, does not shrink down, and remains firmly planted in the pan.

As the crust cools, begin the nutella filling. This is the easiest part!

creamy Nutella tart filling in a saucepan

Combine all of the filling ingredients except for the vanilla extract. Whisk and bring to a boil. Stir in the vanilla.

There, you’re done.

2 images of Nutella filling in the tart

Spread into the crust and put the refrigerator to work!

A few hours later, dig in.

slice of Nutella tart on a silver plate

Reader Questions and Reviews

    1. Hi Renea, we haven’t tested this tart with a natural hazelnut spread. It could change how the tart sets, especially if the natural spread is oily. Let us know if you give it a try!

  1. Do you think this would be OK frozen? I see you mentioned making it ahead and storing in the fridge, but I’d love to make this for thanksgiving and freeze it until then.

    1. Hi Liz, You can freeze this. After thawing, the crust may be a little softer than intended, but shouldn’t be soggy. There won’t be much change to the filling.

  2. Hi, Sally. I am planning to make this tart for Thanksgiving, but I think it will be more kid-friendly with a graham cracker crust. If I use your recipe, would I bake the crust before filling it with the Nutella ganache, or just chill it? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Samantha, it may be a bit thick, but we can’t see why not. Let us know if you try!

  3. Hi Sally & Team,

    Would this Nutella ganache work as a filling or drip decoration for a cake? Would I need to make any adjustments? Looking forward to trying this – Nutella is my weakness!!

    1. Hi Kate, this Nutella ganache is excellent as a filling for a layer cake. (I’ve tested it before with vanilla cake layers and it was incredible.) I haven’t tested it as a drip ganache on top of a cake though. Let me know if you do!

  4. Hi Sally! When you are baking the crust, do you put the ceramic weights directly on the crust or do you lay down some parchment paper to put them on? Thanks!

    1. Hi Gabby, You’ll want to line the crust with aluminum foil or parchment paper before you add pie weights.

  5. Hi, Love, love, love all of your recipes!! Making the wonderful tiramisu and want to try this tart. If I make your homemade graham cracker crust can I still put it in the tart pan? Do I have the bake the crust? Thank you

    1. Hi Patty, yes you can use the graham cracker crust in a tart pan. You can simply chill the crust. Hope it’s a hit!

  6. The recipe looks delicious. However, could I use pecans or walnuts for the crust. Hazel nuts can be expensive and I would not use them often.

    Thank you for help.

  7. I wonder if this could be made with canned unsweetened coconut milk instead of heavy cream?

    1. Hi JoAnn, you can try full fat canned coconut milk in place of the heavy cream. (Shake it up before using.) Let us know how it goes!

  8. Hi,
    Would I be able to make this in a regular pie dish or does it have to be a tart dish?

    1. Hi Alexis, a pie dish will work in a pinch, but it will be very difficult to get neat slices out of the dish. If you can, a tart pan will work best!

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