Chocolate Tarts from Leig

Chloé Delice

Liegeois is a sweet cold dessert that comes from France and combines lightly sweetened coffee with coffee flavor ice cream and Chantilly cream. This recipe for Liegeois Chocolate Tarts is a sweet and decadent dessert that is packed with savory flavors. It takes that ice cream treat and changes it, flips it on its head, and turns it into a rich and buttery tart. The tart crust is buttery, and has almonds for extra crunch. The filling is a rich and chocolaty decadence with a creamy and dreamy texture and flavor.


  • 250 grams flour (sifted)
  • 150 grams butter (soft, sliced)
  • 100 grams powdered sugar
  • 30 grams almond meal
  • 15 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 340 grams dark chocolate
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 50 grams sugar (baker's)
  • 250 grams milk
  • 250 grams heavy cream
  • 500 grams whipping cream
  • 40 grams powdered sugar
  • 50 grams chopped almonds
  • 5 grams cocoa powder


  1. Sweet Cocoa Dough Preparation:
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, butter, powdered sugar, almond meal, cocoa powder, and salt.
  3. Mix with the palm of your hands until consistency becomes sandy.
  4. When mixture is sandy, add egg and mix, but do not work the dough more than necessary for a smooth texture.
  5. (If you have a stand mixer, you may do these steps in the bowl of the mixer fitted with the paddle).
  6. Place in a square or rectangular pan, 3 to 4 inches deep, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. This dough may also be prepared the day before. It will be easier to roll out.
  8. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 2 millimeters thick. Line tart molds. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 340F.
  10. Use a fork to prick dough to prevent it from rising while cooking.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes. (Depending on the oven and altitude, it may take more or less time).
  12. Cool.
  13. Cream Preparation:
  14. Chop the chocolate into small pieces with a large knife, and place in a bowl.
  15. In a saucepan, beat egg yolks and sugar together, until sugar is well dissolved.
  16. Bring milk and cream to a simmer, pour one third of the hot mixture in the yolk-sugar mixture.
  17. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the custard thickens. It should coat the spoon.
  18. Warning: this cream should never boil, maximum cooking temperature is 160F.
  19. When cream has reached a sauce consistency, remove from heat, and immediately pour in chocolate to stop the cooking. Keep stirring until obtaining a smooth mixture.
  20. Pie Assembly:
  21. Pour the warm chocolate cream into the tart molds lined with dough.
  22. Refrigerate for 1 hour, until the custard becomes firm.
  23. Whipped Cream Preparation:
  24. Cool a bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Pour in the cold cream into the chilled bowl and whisk vigorously. As soon as it thickens, add sugar, and whip until stiff peaks form.
  25. Using a fluted piping bag with a large star tip, make a pretty rosette on each tartlet. Sprinkle with chopped, toasted almonds and a little cocoa powder.
  26. Store in the refrigerator.
  27. Serve cool.
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