Chocolate Pistachio and Ginger Tart

filed under: Pies + Tarts on November 8, 2014

Every now and then, I feel like acting as if I am classy. (Be advised, it took everything in me to not write classy with a k.  Just a testament to the fact that classy, I am not.)


Chocolate Pistachio and Ginger Tart
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Every now and then, I feel like acting as if I am classy.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Pistachio and Ginger Tart
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 3/4 cup shelled salted pistachio nuts lightly toasted, divided
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold butter cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup McCormick® Gourmet Collection Ginger Crystallized
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 1/2 cup of the pistachio nuts in bowl of food processor; cover and pulse until finely chopped.

  2. Mix flour and sugar in medium bowl, then cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Add pistachio nuts; toss to mix well.
  4. Add water; stir until a soft dough forms. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of a prepared 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom.

  5. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack.
  6. Place cream and chocolate in medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute, stirring halfway through cooking time. (Chocolate will not be completely melted.)

  7. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool just until mixture starts to thicken.
  8. Spread evenly in bottom of tart shell. Cool completely.
  9. Place crystallized ginger in bowl of food processor; cover. Pulse until just coarsely chopped. Add remaining 1/4 cup pistachio nuts; cover. Pulse until chopped. Sprinkle over chocolate in tart shell.

  10. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


Chocolate Crystalized Ginger and Pistachio Tart!


Not through what I wear or say or do, but with cuisine.

More specifically, dessert.

My first choice in dessert is usually cake. I mean donuts.  I mean frosting.

I mean all of the above.  Someone please make me a glazed donut cake covered in frosting. #newblogpost

Chocolate Crystalized Ginger and Pistachio Tart!

Wait!  I am acting classy.  So a frosting covered donut cake simply will not do.

But this, this will be perfect.

A decadent chocolate ganche poured into a buttery pistachio tart and sprinkled with crystalized ginger.

Flavors that compliment each other in a refined way.  A firm ganche (due to the lesser amount of cream) that holds up in the crust but melts into a fudgey pool of chocolate in your mouth.

The pistachio adds a distinctively salty and nutty kick to the chocolate.

That ginger though… that is what puts this dessert over the top.  Such a fantastic burst of earthy sugary spiciness!

Recipe shared with permission from

Chocolate Crystalized Ginger and Pistachio Tart!

It was an absolute delight to create this Chocolate Pistachio and Ginger Tart with McCormick. Thank you so, so much for supporting the brands that support this blog. I only work with the best, and am thankful that McCormick is willing to partner with me! <3

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Ha! I don’t think I could ever be classy, no matter how many dinner parties I have!! But serving recipes like this totally fool others! lol Love this recipe.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks! You are the cutest! 🙂

  • Becca from It's Yummi! says:

    So here’s the thing, Ms. Classy (NO K required): I just received a crap-ton (that’s totally a word) of ginger from Frieda’s Produce and I’m sitting here wondering what to do with it. Now I think I’ll Google how to make crystallized ginger so that I can make about 15 of these tarts and eat them until I can no longer move my body. Sounds like a plan, right? 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      YES!!! Good idea!!

  • Jolena @TheRubyKitchen says:

    This sounds delightful!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Jolena!

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    Yum!!! My husband sure loved chocolate so he would chow down on this. I have never made a real tart. I have a round pan but never used it. Haha!!!

    • Amanda says:

      You should! It is surprising how easy they are!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    Yes, please. Who could resist a fudgey pool of chocolate in your mouth!

    • Amanda says:

      Ha ha… can you believe I wrote that?!?!! Sometimes I am just a dork. 🙂 Be blessed sweet Barbara!

  • Joanne says:

    There’s time for trashing up all the things…and then there’s also time for pinkies up desserts! THis is totally the latter. But it has some of my favorite things (crystallized ginger FTW!) so I’m super into it.

    • Amanda says:

      Love the way you said that! Agreed. 🙂

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    You are very classy, and this tart looks phenomenal!

    • Amanda says:

      Silly girl. YOU may be classy, but I am closer to the People of Walmart.

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    Tarts are always classy desserts to me! And so gorgeous! Love the pistachio and ginger combo! I bet it smelled divine while baking!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much! It did.. especially when the pistachio was in the food processor… was so nutty and fabulous. 🙂

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    This tart is absolute perfection. In fact I am naming you the Queen of Tarts (instead of hearts get it lol?)

    • Amanda says:

      Get it. Love it.

  • Johnna says:

    We aren’t classy with a c or a k here, but absolutely making this soon. Love ginger and chocolate together.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks pretty lady!!

  • Charlotte @ Drop Dead Bread says:

    That looks awesome. Definitely going to be breaking it out over the Christmas period, prove how (k)classy I am!
    As for the donut/cake/frosting thing, I actually pinned a kick-ass donut cake recently: Mocha Whipped Cream Doughnut Cake.

    • Amanda says:

      Awesome!! Thanks so much!

  • Paula says:

    This looks amazing. I’m adding this to my very small but very delicious repertoire of chocolate desserts to serve when I want to give the impression that I slaved in the kitchen and barely had enough time to do my hair and makeup before throwing on my entertaining outfit and checking to see that the hemline isn’t caught in my panties. Classy is as classy does 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      LOL I love that!!!

  • Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says:

    #newblogpost –> hilarious! I want to steal that! But I won’t. 🙂 This tart is stunning. It’s just completely beautiful food, and it sounds incredible too! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Amanda says:

      Ha ha, it’s yours. I am certain I saw it somewhere and my brain just filed it away… 🙂

  • CakeSpy says:

    Is this like the dessert equivalent of playing grown-up? In that case, let’s play anytime. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      I guess you could say that. But I usually rather throw a bunch of candy bars into a pie crust and let my oven work its magic. Now THAT sounds like fun. 😉

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    This tart sounds heavenly! I adore the ginger and pistachios paired with the chocolate. One elegant and classy dessert!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Jen!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Amanda!! love this tart! Chocolate ganache poured into a buttery pistachio tart and sprinkled with crystalized ginger?! oh my gawd. . yes!! and this is classy all the way, yo. LOVE!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks pretty lady!

  • Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog says:

    Ahhh — this looks sooo good!!

    May I ask a silly question – how do tart pans like this one work? – Is it sort of like a spring-form where the bottom can be removed? I really want to get one, but I keep thinking, I will have to slice the tart in the pan ( … such an odd question – I know 🙁 lol)

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, that is exactly how they work! 🙂 (bottom removed)

  • Kristen says:

    This is definitely a decadent dessert – and quite classy!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! I fake it really well. 🙂

  • Kacey says:

    This sounds Devine— any fruit that might compliment it or is this something that should be left as-is?? I’m wanting to make a heavenly fruit tart with a chocolate ganache… any ideas? I’m so obsessed with your blog—usually I skip people’s narratives, but never for you! 💗

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