Chocolate Roasted-Orange Tart

Photo: David Meredith
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
1 9-inch tart

This recipe showcases the navel orange variety known as Cara Cara.


For the Tart Shell

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • Salt

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Roasted Oranges and the Filling

  • 5 Cara Cara oranges

  • 1 ¼ cups fresh orange juice

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese

  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Make the tart shell: Sift together flour, cocoa powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla to combine, scraping down side of bowl if needed. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with cream and beginning and ending with flour mixture. Shape dough into a disk, and refrigerate, wrapped in plastic wrap, for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to a little less than 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Fit dough into a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Trim edge flush with top edge of pan. Chill in freezer until firm, about 15 minutes. Prick bottom all over with a fork, and bake until firm, about 20 minutes. Let shell cool in pan on a wire rack.

  3. Meanwhile, make the roasted oranges: Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Leaving peel on, cut 4 oranges into 1/4-inch rounds, and arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour 1/4 cup juice over oranges, cover tightly with parchment, then foil, and cook until peel is tender, about 2 hours, adding 1/4 cup juice every 30 minutes.

  4. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees. Remove foil and parchment, and sprinkle oranges with granulated sugar. Add remaining 1/4 cup juice, and roast oranges for 15 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water, and roast until slightly golden and dry, 2 to 3 minutes more. Cool completely.

  5. Make the filling: Finely grate zest from remaining orange, about 1 1/2 teaspoons, and stir together with mascarpone and confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Spread filling in tart shell, and arrange roasted oranges on top, overlapping slightly.

Cook's Notes

Store at room temperature for up to 1 day.

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