When Less is More, Favorite Tart Pan and Sweet Heart Spoons


I debated over the title of this post, trying to decide between “When Photos Don’t Do A Recipe Justice”, or “Worth a Second Helping” or “Public Service Announcement: Don’t Miss This Tart!” The title should a combination of all three, but then it would be as long as No-Bake Strawberry Chocolate Ganache Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust  ~a mouthful for a recipe with only 5 ingredients. ;)


When I shared the recipe for this Chocolate Strawberry Tart, HERE, the photos didn’t do it justice. I photographed it again later that day, without the distraction of rose petals, floral napkins, plates and teacups.

In case you haven’t notice, I tend to be a more-is-more girl, but less is definitely more in this case, letting the strawberries and chocolate speak for themselves.


This no-bake tart is so rich and luscious, and worth a second helping if you missed it. It’s easy too, made with just 5 ingredients including the strawberries. Substitute raspberries if you prefer, or add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt to garnish the top. I added an additional drizzle of melted chocolate chips that I dipped some strawberries in. This is a splurge-worthy dessert for Valentine’s Day or anytime you need to satisfy your inner chocoholic!


No-Bake Strawberry Chocolate Ganache Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Makes an 11″ tart

Because the ganache is just two ingredients, you want to use good quality chocolate and full fat, heavy cream, no substituting with light cream or half and half. The higher the fat content of the cream, the richer and more stable the finished ganache will be.


 Chocolate Cookie Crust:

I package Oreos (or similar chocolate sandwich cookies, about 36)

1 /2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

To make crust: Add Oreos to bowl of a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a medium bowl, add melted butter and mix until well combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of an 11-inch tart pan. Tip: Use the sides and bottom of a measuring cup to help press crumbs evenly into sides and bottom of tart pan. Place crust in the refrigerator to chill and firm for 1 hour before adding filling.

Ganache Filling:

(3) 4 oz bars Premium Chocolate Baking Bars, Semi-Sweet or Bittersweet, (I used Ghirardelli and a combination of both semi-sweet and bittersweet)

1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream

To make ganache filling: Coarsely chop chocolate bars and place in a heat proof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour heavy cream over chocolate and let stand for 2-3 minutes, until chocolate has softened. Slowly whisk the mixture until smooth and chocolate is melted. Pour filling into prepared cookie crust. Place in fridge until set, about 4  – 6 hours or overnight.

When ganache is set, you can top your chocolate tart with strawberries, raspberries, chocolate shavings, or flaky sea salt. I added some sliced strawberries and drizzled with some additional melted chocolate.

You can find a printable recipe, HERE.


I used my favorite 11-inch tart pan that’s a breeze to use. It’s a Wilton® Advance Select™ Premium Nonstick 11-Inch Tart/Quiche Pan in Gunmetal. I found it for $14.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. You can order it online or use the store locator to find one near you and use your 20% coupon.


The removable outer ring of a tart pan allows you the see the pretty edge of the crust and makes it easier to serve, especially that first slice.

Star-Spangled Fruit Tart

Other recipes I’ve made using this 11″ tart pan are a Star-Spangled Fruit Tart for Memorial or Independence Day

Super quick and easy using refrigerated cookie dough.


and PEEPS Chocolate Chip Cookie Tart

Everybunny loves confetti egg sprinkles and PEEPS for Easter ;)

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Bacon-Studded Crust

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Bacon-Studded Crust

A tomato tart cooks in half the time of a traditional tomato pie, another plus!


When I shared these Towle Heart Demitasse Spoons a couple of years ago, they were out of stock. 


I found them available again at Amazon for $12.99 for a set a 4.  They would make sweet gifts for your tea drinking friends packaged individually with tea or teacups for Valentine’s Day or for an Alice in Wonderland-inspired Tea Party.


I hope you’re inspired to give this tart a try!

(End of Public Service Announcement ;)


Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Metamorphosis Monday

  32 comments for “When Less is More, Favorite Tart Pan and Sweet Heart Spoons

  1. Sandra Swindall
    February 8, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Along with my coffee, fireside sitting, and the rain falling outside, your blog is the ideal accompaniment. Thank you for the lovely pictures, ideas, and recipes!

  2. February 8, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I so love your tart recipes…not only delicious but beautiful!…Now I know that the Chocolate Strawberry Tart would be a wonderful Valentine’s Day dessert, but I know my hubby would definitely give me lots of xoxoxo’s over the Fruit Tart. I have already lined up 2 of your tarts for my dinner party this month…I should re-name the dinner group, Mary’s party as I use so many of your wonderful recipes!…Thanks for the “sweetness” today!!!

  3. February 8, 2017 at 7:11 am

    That tomato tart catches my eye every time Mary! Of course I wouldn’t mind a slice of the chocolate one either:@)

  4. emily
    February 8, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I, too, have your recipes lined up for a group of my friends from Pilot Mountain who will be here in March! Thanks for my menu……LOVE all your posts!

  5. February 8, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Mary, I agree with Shirley, your tart recipes are just the best! Valentine’s and chocolate just go together! Beautiful photos, as always…Happy Wednesday

  6. Ellen Stillabower
    February 8, 2017 at 7:55 am

    TART IS SWEET… LOL!! Look sooo delicious of all!!! Love ❤, Love ❤️, the spoons!!!! Thanks fir the info and the recipes!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  7. Gayle Mathues
    February 8, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Made the chocolate tart to take when we were invited over for dinner at friend’s home… silence reigned except for some ummmms and oooohs of palate pleasure! Decadent deliciousness!

  8. February 8, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Your chocolate tart would make anyone happy for a sweet ending of a Valentine’s Day meal, Mary. I remember making the peeps tart with my grands last year. Thanks for all your ❤️-felt inspirations!

  9. February 8, 2017 at 8:37 am

    You’re so right Mary, this tart is worth a second, third and fourth look! Another day of craving chocolate for me after starting the day with you :) This recipe is dangerously easy too {note to self, get tart pan back from my daughter}. The heart spoons are adorable, what a sweet gift idea!

  10. Susie
    February 8, 2017 at 9:08 am

    This is the only PSA that ever got my attention LOL !!!
    I have made both the Chocolate Strawberry tart and the tomato tart–both excellent and both make a stunning presentation.
    Thank you!!

  11. Melissa Leach
    February 8, 2017 at 9:13 am

    What a beautiful and delicious post! Love the sweetheart spoons :)

  12. February 8, 2017 at 9:24 am

    So thankful you shared this recipe! I am making it for the Valentine’s dinner my husband & I are invited to. I made a “practice” tart last week for my best friends birthday party…a huge hit. I love that it is easy and oh so pretty! I treated myself to the Wilton set of 3 tart pans (with a 50% off coupon at Michael’s) last fall when I wanted to make your heirloom tomato tart for my book club dinner. Thanks again and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  13. Cyndi Raines
    February 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, Mary! Thank you for sharing where to get the tart pan as I so want to try this and now I can!!! I will have to borrow my sister’s food processor as well, but this looks oh, so good! For the crust with the Oreo cookies, do you grind up the cream in the cookies also, or do you scrape that off? The crust looks so black and rich, I don’t see any white from the cream part in it – or maybe it’s just all blended in. Love the spoons too! My oldest sister’s birthday is Valentine’s and that would be a sweet gift for her. Once I get the tart pan, I can try the tomato tart also. What a great day this is!! Thanks so much and Happy Valentine’s to you – a sweet blog friend. (Hugs!!)

    • February 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Cyndi, Yes, the whole cookie, filling and all, gets pulsed fine in the processor and mixed with the butter for the crust. :) Happy Valentine’s Day to you & your hubby. ♥

  14. Ann
    February 8, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    This looks heavenly!!! I am ready to run out and get that tart pan!! Really want to try this one!!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Chris
    February 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I love your blog and your beautiful photos but after signing up some time ago I suddenly stopped receiving your emails (none since Jan 23rd). They didn’t go to spam file. Do I have to sign up again? Your contact link just goes to archive stories so I have to mention this in the comment section in the hopes I get your attention and help.

    • February 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks Chris! Is the email included the one that you signed up for post notifications? I’ll check and see what WP support says about it. In the meantime it might be quicker to resubscribe and I’ll do some research. Thank you for visiting! :)

    • February 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Hi Chris, I forwarded what I found out from WP support with a link to fix the problem. Check your spam folder for my email if you don’t find it in your in box. Let me know if that fixes the issue :)

  16. Gail
    February 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Choc. Tart sounds beyond delicious

  17. Paula
    February 8, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing, and where to buy the pan! You are so sweet !! Planning on making for a luncheon !!
    Do you think using a good quality Choc.Chips would still work also?
    Thanks again !
    Happy Valentines Day !

  18. February 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I love BOTH sets of photos, Mary!! Especially enamoured with the beautiful white tablecloth beneath your pretty pink china.

  19. Cyndi Raines
    February 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks Mary for the sweet Valentine wishes! Same to you! Hubby is working hard at speech therapy, one day at a time. We just got back from our Bed, Bath and Beyond and I now have my tart pan!! So excited. Tomorrow I’ll purchase the ingredients and the taste test will be started!! hehe Also ordered the heart shaped spoons yesterday. Not sure if sister will get them for her birthday – ha – I just may have to keep them and get her something else!

  20. February 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Thanks, Mary. I had a gift card and ordered the spoons. ♥

  21. February 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Mary, I am not sure if you remember me from my days of posting tablescapes. I came across your Valentine’s dessert of chocolate and strawberries on Pinterest. I was so happy to see that it was from you! I knew it would be good. I made it yesterday and shared it with friends, my mother and husband today. It was such a hit with everyone and so easy to make! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe and making me look good. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  22. February 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    This looks sooo good!

  23. Betty Campbell
    February 21, 2017 at 6:10 am

    love your tart recipe

  24. sandi
    February 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Can’t wait to try the tomato tart!

  25. February 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I will be going to B,B and B SOON to get this tart pan. I can’t wait to try all of these recipes. I will try them on our dinner group as Joe doesn’t eat sweets at all and I can not eat the whole thing:(

  26. April 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Looks amazing and delicious 😍

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: