Chocolate Fondant Pistachio Tart

A twist on a classic French dessert, this chocolate and pistachio tart recipe has a molten chocolate centre and a crunchy pistachio crust, c’est magnifique!

Tara Maini

Dish by Tara Maini

Chocolate Fondant Pistachio Tart
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In this special New Year edition of Bake In, Tara tackles a classic French dessert with a crunchy nutty twist. This chocolate and pistachio tart recipe is a real crowd pleaser with a golden brown tart shell filled with a gooey chocolate molten lava centre.


In a food processor add the flour, pistachios, sugar and salt and blitz until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until it looks coarse. Add the egg and lemon juice in and continue pulsing until a dough forms.  

Transfer to a floured surface and shape into a disk.  I like to place it into a large Ziploc bag and flatten so it’s easier to roll and chills quickly. Refrigerate for about 1 hour to set.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC Fan 

Place the pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it into a large circle about 5ccm bigger than the tart tin. Roll up the pastry on the rolling pin and then place into the tart tin with a removable base. Press in and then trim the edges. Leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Prick the base of the pastry with a fork and line the pastry case with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake for 13 minutes until just a light golden then remove the beans and paper and bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.

To make the filling: melt the butter in a medium pan over low heat, then add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and flour. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

Place the pastry case on a sheet tray. Pour the mixture into the pastry case, filling it right to the top.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just set around the edges - but it should still be slightly wobbly in the centre. Let cool.

Serve with a dusting of icing sugar.

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Tara Maini

Tara Maini

Tara has always loved cooking, just ask her siblings. who acted as taste testers for all her creations growing up. As an adult, she trained in restaurants before heading to culinary school, where she mastered the basics of French cooking, baking and pastry – her biggest passion today. She might have fine dining training, but Tara still has simple taste...she’d eat chicken nuggets every day if she could. When she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find Tara try to work out, reading cookbooks and finding new hobbies besides food.

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