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Chocolate Brownie Tart with Brown Butter Crust

Soft, chewy filling and a delicious, crunchy crust – this chocolate brownie tart with brown butter crust is bursting with chocolate flavour and will make a great addition to your holiday table.

Chocolate Brownie Tart with Brown Butter Crust

This chocolate brownie tart is the child of two amazing recipes. The filling, I adapted from Lee Ann Flemming’s take on Minny’s Chocolate Pie (yes, the one from the movie with the secret ingredient!) but instead of a ready-made crust, I used David Lebovitz’s take on Paule Caillat’s French tart dough.

I’ve been experimenting with that dough for a while, mostly on lemony things, but haven’t had much success. I took a break, switched to chocolate, and I’m incredibly happy with the result!

The tart is chocolatey, soft and chewy. It’s not your typical ganache or fudge tart filling; it’s closer to a brownie.

The crust, on the other hand, is butter browned in the oven, moulded onto the pan and baked to crispy perfection. Together, they come together as this amazing chocolate brownie tart that’s sure to please the chocolate lovers in your life this holiday season.

Minny’s chocolate pie

Chocolate Brownie Tart with Brown Butter Crust

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In the movie, the whole town loved Minny’s chocolate pie. We all know how it turned out in the end lol! But ever since I saw the movie (and subsequently read the book), I’ve always wondered about that pie (minus the you-know-what of course).

I’m a geek like that. Have you seen my carbonara recipe inspired by Criminal Minds? Or my treacle tart from Harry Potter?


There are many recipes out there but they all seem to originate from Lee Ann Flemming’s version, which I used here. The only change I did was add espresso to make it even more chocolatey. And, well, I made a tart instead of a pie. Using a different dough.

David Lebovitz’s French tart dough

Chocolate Brownie Tart with Brown Butter Crust

For that I turned to (THE) David Lebovitz. I have been working on his lemon tart recipe for what seems like ages but I just could not get it right. I’m not giving up on that but in the meantime, I used the tart dough recipe here.

The dough is essentially butter that you brown in the oven. The fact that you do it in the oven really appealed to me because I haven’t been successful in browning butter on the stove either. But enough of my kitchen fiascos. The crust is glorious.

It’s easier to manage than most tart and pie crusts and it tastes amazing. I had to double the ingredients to make enough for this 9-inch tart.

Chocolate brownie tart with brown butter crust

Chocolate Brownie Tart with Brown Butter Crust

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Together, they make this amazing chocolate brownie tart with browned butter crust that the whole town will absolutely talk about!

It’s rich, decadent, perfect for the holidays. Top it with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, dust with cocoa powder and you have a dessert fit for any celebration.

Chocolate filling recipe adapted from Food & Wine. Crust recipe adapted from David Lebovitz.

Happy baking!

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Monday 6th of January 2020

Do you have a video of this recipe? From: Arlene


Tuesday 7th of January 2020

Hi Arlene! I don't have a video of this recipe yet. Will add it to my to-do list :)

Joanna Bayford

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

This looks delicous love the idea of a chocolate brownie as the filling. Definitely want to make this over the weekend.

Eileen Cotter

Monday 20th of November 2017

Nothing sounds better to me than a tart mixed with a brownie! Looks absolutely divine.

Deborah Regen

Sunday 19th of November 2017

Wow, reading this post is like watching an episode of that UK baking competition TV show - a guilty pleasure. I am sure this tart tastes out of this world, and I am not that big of a "chocoholic." Lovely photos.

Ashley Bass

Friday 17th of November 2017

That looks delicious I showed the hubby and guess what Im making for dessert tonight!


Monday 20th of November 2017

Nice! Hope you guys like it!