Chocolate Rose Water Ganache Tart

Chocolate Rose Water Ganache Tart

Flavors don’t have to be big and bold all the time. Subtlety has its merits but when using rose essence, a light hand is very necessary. It can easily turn the simplest desserts into a mouthful of potpourri — you don’t want to end up with food more appropriate in the bathroom than on a dinner table.

Rose water is available in Indian and Middle Eastern grocery stores. I found a French version (photo below) in a local gourmet shop for a reasonable price. It is primarily used in desserts and sweet cold drinks.

Rose water accentuates. Its barely-there presence perfumes crave-worthy treats such as gulab jamun and Turkish Delight. You may also find it as an optional ingredient in madeleines and marzipan.

recipe adapted from Godiva

Chocolate Rose Water Ganache Tart

makes one 9- or 10-inch tart, about 6 to 8 servings

Chocolate Rose Water Ganache Tart Bottle

For the Chocolate Tart Dough:

Ingredients                  Volume          Ounces          Grams
all-purpose flour             1 1/3 cups          6.0          170
unsweetened cocoa powder          6 tbsp          1.3           36
salt                          pinch

unsalted butter, softened        12 1/2 tbsp      6.2          177
granulated sugar                  7 tbsp          3.1           88
large egg yolk                    1
heavy cream                   1 1/2 tsp


Chocolate Tart Dough Instructions:

Mix             Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.

                In a separate bowl, mix together the butter and sugar
                with a rubber spatula only until thoroughly
                incorporated. Add the egg yolk and cream and continue
                mixing until well-blended.

                Add the flour and cocoa powder mixture and continue
                mixing only until the dough is thoroughly moistened.

                Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and shape
                into a disc. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate     At least 1 hour

Roll Out        Let the tart dough warm for about 10 to 15 minutes at
                room temperature, until malleable but still slightly

                On a lightly floured work surface, dust the top of the
                tart dough with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll once
                from the center and away from you and once again from
                the center towards you. 

                Rotate the dough one-eighth of a turn and keep rolling
                in this manner to maintain a round shape. The tart
                should be about 12 to 13 inches in diameter and 1/8 of
                an inch thick.

Line Tart Pan   Chill the tart dough if it seems too soft to handle.

                Gently lay the rolled dough in the tart pan and begin
                flattening from the center towards the sides. Ensure
                that the dough is in full contact with the pan to
                minimize air pockets.

                Flare out excess tart dough and pass a rolling pin
                over the top to trim the edges.

Chocolate Rose Water Ganache Tart Crust

Refrigerate     At least 30 minutes

Preheat Oven    350ºF / 175ºC

Blind Bake      350ºF / 175ºC for 18 to 22 minutes, until the tart
                crust is dry to the touch. Let the crust cool
                completely before filling with the ganache.

For the Chocolate Rose Water Ganache:

9 ounces / 255 grams semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons rose water

Chocolate Rose Water Ganache Directions and Tart Assembly:

  1. Combine chocolate, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to boil over medium-high heat. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate mixture.
  2. Using a rubber spatula, stir gently in a circular motion from the center and work your way outwards. Stir in the rose water.
  3. Pour the warm ganache in the cooled tart crust. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until the ganache is set but still shiny.
  4. Cut into wedges and serve with fresh raspberries.

Chocolate Rose Water Ganache Tart Top
Bow shika wow wow.

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60 Responses to “Chocolate Rose Water Ganache Tart”

  1. snooky doodle says:

    wow what an interesting flavour combination. i like it and it looks so nice !

  2. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    My lord Jude, one look and I want to dive into that! Gorgeous on looks alone
    Rose water is delicate and I love it.

  3. Gera @ SweetsFoods says:

    Hi Jude!

    This is a beautiful tasty painting. I like a lot rose water the twist that gives to the desserts, especially in marzipan well done.
    It’s very common to use rose water in pan dulce (panettone).
    For sure your tart is utterly supreme!! :)


  4. clumbsycookie says:

    That ganache looks so lucious! I bet the subtil rose flavor made it quite special!

  5. erin @ dessert girl says:

    Interesting! The photo is beautiful and the tart looks so yummy!

  6. maris says:

    I knew you’d have something fabulous posted for Valentine’s Day! I like rose water as a scent but never thought of it as dessert! Your chocolate ganache looks to-die-for.

  7. Manggy says:

    Oh man! Can you believe I passed by Fox and Obel when I went to Chicago a few weeks ago but didn’t go in? I can’t even remember why not! Anyway, the tart looks decadent and appropriately Valentine-y :)

  8. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:

    That tart is sheer perfection! I adore rosewater and just recently tried a rose perfumed chocolate which was delicious. This seems very simple to make too, always a bonus! :)

  9. Rosa says:

    A delightful flavor combination! Your tart looks perfect!



  10. Kristen says:

    Oh My! That looks AMAZING! I wish I was sitting down to a plate or two of that tart!!!

  11. Leela says:

    I have a bottle of rose water (the Middle Eastern kind) sitting in my pantry for almost a year and didn’t know what to do with it. I guess I do now. :)

  12. Deelish Dish says:

    Holy. Mother. That is the most amazing photo ever. I am dying.

  13. natalia says:

    WOW This is gorgeous !! I’m wondering how good it could be !!?? Tomorrow I’ll start a search rot rose water !! GRAZIE

  14. Girl Japan says:

    The presentation “gorgeous”! This is a very chic tart, the light dusting on the raspberry drew me in, I love it! I’ve never baked with rose water but I would love to try it, gosh the tart looks so brilliant and divine.

  15. Natalie says:

    Wow the photo of this is amazing!! Such a great shot, sounds delicious too!! Would definately love to try this.

  16. linda says:

    Very pretty! I love the taste of roses but you’re right about not adding too much (or too little). I’ve done both ;)

  17. Sandie says:

    You never cease to amaze and inspire me with gorgeous dishes. From your breads to this tart, it all looks divine. I swear I can almost taste this.

  18. Kevin says:

    That chocolate tart looks amazing!

  19. Zita says:

    that’s one mean looking tart, my kind of tart, a slice please :)

  20. Maya says:

    I have never paired chocolate with rose water. I always have a bottle of rose water and orange blossom on hand and would love to taste this myself :)

  21. Lori Lynn says:

    Wow, that is a beautiful tart, I love the shiny reflection of the berries. That rose water sounds like a heavenly addition to chocolate. Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day Jude, this, of course, the perfect dessert for the day!

  22. pigpigscorner says:

    what an interesting flavour combination! Looks really delicious!

  23. anna says:

    That sounds amazing. I’d try anything with rosewater in it!

  24. Jackie says:

    Jude, does this mean you got a new scale? :D
    The tart looks fantastic; I think the rose water would take it to a whole new level of sophistication.

  25. Zoë François says:

    GORGEOUS! I am just on my way to the store to get Rose Water! I’ll have to make this too!

  26. Caitlin says:

    One day I’ll actually find rosewater and then I’ll put it in *everything*. Look out, world.

  27. noble pig says:

    I adore rose water and I can only imagine the subtle flavor with chocolate. I must make this to taste the essence.

  28. grace says:

    i’ve seen rose water as an ingredient in a number of dishes, but i haven’t come across it personally. from what i’ve heard, it’d be the perfect compliment to the chocolate tart.

  29. Natashya says:

    Sigh, so beautiful!
    If you make that for me, I will be your valentine!

  30. Nicisme says:

    That is just gorgeous! I tried making chocolate pastry recently and it wasn’t that great. :( Your tart has a lovely sheen to it.

  31. Elle says:

    Perfection. Chocolate crust, deep chocolate filling (and fantastic photo at top), plus a whiff of rose essence…how romantic!

  32. Tangled Noodle says:

    What a gorgeous take on chocolate and roses – the classic gifts of romantic love. Sigh.

  33. megan says:

    That is one beautiful tart! I have some rose water but have yet to try it. I was thinking scones for my first try but this should be my second try.

  34. Caitlin says:

    This looks so delicious! I have never put rose water into chocolate before…but it looks yummy, I might throw some pistachios into the crust.



  35. Katie says:

    *swoons* My mouth is watering!

  36. Mary says:

    Oy vai. Never look at your blog before bed…now I have a craving when I should be going to sleep. That looks absolutely positively scrumptious!

  37. Dee says:

    Bow shika wow wow indeed, Jude! I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day, and someone amazing to share this beauty with.

  38. Christie @ fig&cherry says:

    Oh Jude what a lovely combination. Very nice photo too!

  39. Cheryl says:

    be still my heart! that looks incredible. I love rosewater and chocolate, and that picture just captures that amazing lusciousness…

  40. CookiePie says:


  41. kat says:

    I think this made my heart skip a beat

  42. Peter says:

    This looks like a reflecting pool of chocolate…a classy dessert indeed.

  43. howtoeatacupcake says:

    I love your blog. It’s so simplistic, yet very VERY informative. Your photos are beautiful. This tart looks so gorgeous. I have that rose water, but I’ve always been afraid to use it!

  44. heidileon says:

    wow, I’ve always been fond about all-times-regular-but-sometimes-boring tarte aux chocolat, but this subtle twist you made make want to do it know, wanders how it will be with lytchee liquor!!…

  45. Y says:

    What stunning photos! The tart looks so elegant.

  46. megan (brooklyn farmhouse) says:

    Beautiful tart…beautiful blog!

  47. PG says:

    Looks gorgeous! I love the calmness reflected through your pictures. Wish i had a little bit of that.
    I never liked rosewater in food before, but now I have begun to like it a lot infact. But you see, I have a child at home who seems to be going through the same thing as me :)
    a very subtle twist no doubt

  48. Soma says:

    OH Jude What flavors. Very interesting combination of refreshing rose with the rich chocolate. Those raspberries & the reflection on the chocolate looks more like a painting than food:-) beautiful.

  49. Elizabeth says:

    That looks heavenly Jude! And I love the raspberries! (I totally use raspberries to garnish everything in chocolate form!)

  50. Jo says:

    Hmm … rosewater and chocolate, I’ve never heard of this. But come to think of it, it’s Feb and V-Day. What better than a choc and rose combination. Love the pics.

  51. Olivia says:

    This is the shiniest and most perfect looking ganache I’ve ever seen. Wow.

  52. Manggy – Should’ve gone in for a peek! I can barely afford anything else in the store but it’s got some things you won’t find anywhere else.

    Jackie – You bet. Time to get some baking done :)

  53. Aparna says:

    This is so beautiful Jude, I wouldn’t want to spoil it by cutting a slice!
    Rose water is so common here, but I never would have thought of putting it in ganache. That’s quite an idea.

  54. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    I’m going to trust you on the chocolate and rose water combo and will try that soon. I’m very afraid of rose water, given bad experiences with tea that smelled like grandmother.

  55. dalia says:

    imade this wanderful wanderful cake , delicious

    having a pleasant taste
    thank you

  56. Jeff Stewart says:

    A classmate recommended me to look at this website, nice post, interesting read… keep up the nice work!

  57. smango81 says:

    wow, wow, wow

    can this be frozen once its made?

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  59. Amparo says:

    Beautiful chocolate tart!
    I myself am making a living with apple pies. You have great recipes and techniques!

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