Bakers Journal

Dark Chocolate Passionfruit Tart

October 25, 2023
By Steven Hodge, Temper Pastry and Chocolate, Vancouver

Photo: Penguin Random House Canada

I love to incorporate tropical fruits into my desserts, especially passion- fruit. Passionfruit and chocolate share similar citrus and floral notes, making them a perfect pairing. I use the chocolate tart shell for its rich structural texture and the creamy passionfruit filling for balance. It adds a delicious bite of acidity and bitterness.

Yield: Makes one 9-inch tart
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Tart Shell

½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter,
room temperature
½ cup (65 g) icing sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg, room temperature
1½ cups (225 g) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons (15 g) almond flour
2 tablespoons (15 g) Dutch-process
cocoa powder

Passionfruit Filling

4 large eggs
½ cup (125 ml) heavy cream
1/3 cup (75 ml) passionfruit purée
¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
White chocolate curls (see page 13), for garnish



1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

2. For the tart shell, combine the butter, icing sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat to combine, until fluffy.

3. Sift together the all-purpose flour, almond flour and cocoa powder. Add to the butter mixture, beating on medium-low speed until it just comes together. Remove the dough from the bowl, flatten into a square and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

4. While the dough is resting, make the passionfruit filling. Combine the eggs, cream, passionfruit purée and sugar in a bowl and blend with an immersion blender. Strain the mixture into a clean bowl and set aside.

5. Remove the dough from the fridge and lightly flour your work surface. Roll out the dough to 12 inches in diameter and about 1/8 inch thick.

6. Spray a tart pan with nonstick spray, then line it with the dough, letting it hang over the sides without stretching it. Trim off any excess.

7. Line the bottom of the tart shell with aluminum foil and fill with baking beans. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the baking beans and bake for another 5 minutes, until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

8. Reduce the oven temperature to 210°F. Fill the tart shell to the top with the passionfruit filling. Place in the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the center is set and not jiggly.

9. Remove from the oven and place in the fridge to cool. Once the tart is cool, remove the pan.


The tart can be frozen for up to 1 month or left in the fridge for 2 days, until the shell becomes soft.

This recipe appears in Steven Hodge’s book Chocolate All Day: From Simple to Decadent, 100+ Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Ingredient, published by Penguin Random House Canada.

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