Holiday Baking| Eggless Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart with Digestive Biscuits

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.”
Michael Levine

Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry TartSublime, sweet, seductive … words that can win over the most of us. Bittersweet chocolate paired with sweet scents of orange zest, topped with strawberries in a Digestive biscuit crust – eggless too. I think this might well be a dessert than can please one and all, chocolate lovers that is and tempt the non-lovers too! A Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart – festive and indulgent for the holiday season!! Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart I made this special tart for Macy’s mBlog Recipe Showcase for which I was invited to share a favourite holiday recipe, with a story alongside. I have an old ‘Digestive biscuit connect’ which I shall share in a bit, though too late for the showcase. Life got the better of me, it’s been busier than usual, and I missed the deadline. Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart Just back from a short ‘happy’ vacation to Tokyo, courtesy Mr PAB who was going there on work and gladly took me along! ’twas like a dream … a bit of which I shall attempt to share soon. In the meantime, this tart is served up here for you dear readers!! It was DELICIOUS and indulgent good!Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart Digestive biscuis have been on my list of favourite biscuits forever, and my first choice always for biscuit bases for tarts and cheesecakes.Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart There was a time, many moons ago, when working with an airline meant regular trips to London. That in turn meant  bags full of delicious goodies including Digestives and Chocolate Digestives. The regular ones were my Mums favourite, though at the time I was quite partial to Walkers Shortbread too. Flight crew who flew overhead New Delhi from London to HKG would often radio in to chat while we manned station ops in the wee hours of the night, and would ask for ‘biscuit wishlists’ as they would stopover in Delhi on the way back. One particular flight crew, who I nicknamed Capt HobNob, made sure he always left a big parcel of HobNobs for me! Those were delicious days, post BOAC ones!!Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart A few years later, shortbread ‘butter alarms‘, carbon footprints and locavore choices came along; an inherent consciousness crept in! Age does that to you I guess! I got ‘food educated‘ and sadly learnt that shortbread was delicious but oh-so-butter laden. My first choice then on were digestive biscuit. IMHO, they make me the perfect pie/tart crust as I don’t have the time to make graham crackers from scratch! I have used Digestives in Chocolate Quark Mousse Tartlets, Strawberry Chocolate Yogurt Mousse, No Bake Strawberry Quark Cheesecake, Apple Brown Sugar Meringue PiesNo Bake Upside Down Mango Quark Cheese Pie Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart What can I say about this beautiful tart … it was just too good to be true {if I may say so myself}. I have kept it eggless as a lot of local readers, being vegetarian, ask me for eggless desserts and bakes. Keeping them in mind, with the holiday season here, time for entertaining, guests, food & fun, I put this tart together. I also kept in mind easily available and mostly ‘there in the pantry ingredients!Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart I love the pairing of chocolate, orange and strawberry. Use a deep, rich, good quality chocolate here. Of course I was rather unsure when I cut it as I didn’t know if it would set well. Luckily for me, the proportions were good and the balance of the filling and tart shell just right. The taste? Délicieux!!

Eggless Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart with Digestive Biscuits


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Eggless Rich Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Strawberry Tart with Digestive Biscuits

Sublime, sweet, seductive … words that can win over the most of us. Bittersweet chocolate paired with sweet scents of orange zest, topped with strawberries in a Digestive biscuit crust – eggless too.



150gm McVities Digestive biscuits

50gm whole almonds

50gm butter


200gm dark baking chocolate {55% couverture}

300ml low fat cream

Zest of 1 orange {keenu}

40gm unsalted butter


50-75gm fresh strawberries, sliced


  1. Run the digestive cookies and almonds in a blender until fine crumbs form.
  2. With the motor running on low, pour in the melted butter until just combined.
  3. Pat into loose bottomed tart tin, chill for 20 minutes while the oven preheats.
  4. Preheat oven to 180C.
  5. Bake chilled crust for 12-15 minutes. Cool completely.
  6. Filling
  7. Heat the 200ml cream on simmer in a heavy bottom pan until bubbles begin to form on the edges. Add the chocolate and butter and use a balloon whisk to blend until the butter & chocolate have melted completely. Add zest of 1 orange and the remaining low fat cream {use about 3/4 first, then the remaining if required; the filling should begin to look thick but still pour able}.
  8. Cool to room temperature, whisk again and pour into cooled tart shell. Smoothen with an offset spatula and chill for 4-5 hours, preferably overnight.
  9. Garnish with freshly sliced strawberries just before serving.

This recipe is on its way to IndiBloggers food contest …

As I go I wanted to share a little something; two places where PAB has recently been featured. One was in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar India {was thrilled to see lovely Meeta, Pamela and Mallika there too}, the article on food bloggers called “The Web Culinaries“,Harpers Bazaar India, Nov 2011 and the other a press feature at Lx World, Cakes to Bake‘.Lx Feature, Gastronomy
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Also find me on The Rabid Baker, The Times of India


  • 5 years ago

    Your posts truly are a visual treat Deeba:)

  • 5 years ago

    A magnificently decorated tart! Just haevenly.



  • Wish I could have a bite but your photos have fed me in lieu of that. So gorgeous.

  • Just beautiful. The photo for Harpers is not showing though. Thank you for some lovely posts.

  • 5 years ago

    Dee, FABULOUS is the word. Many thanks for makin it eggless. Gonna try asap 😀 Much love, K

  • SOOOOO pretty. Really love the decoration on this scrumptious looking tart.

  • 5 years ago

    Wat an elegant tart..

  • 5 years ago

    Ooh, look at all that chocolate! And it is an easy to make tart too. Love it.

  • Just marvelous! Looks decadent!

  • 5 years ago

    Ooohh this looks divine! All that chocolate and strawberries on a crunchy base, ahh. Fantastic dessert, Vindee!

  • 5 years ago

    Gorgeous tart, Deeba 🙂 so jealous of your trip to Tokyo, can’t wait to read about it!

  • 5 years ago

    I would love to go to Tokyo. Maybe someday. Love the tart. Have a great day 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Fruit and Chocolate. So hard to get it right together, and you’ve got it perfected there.

    Bring on the Tokyo Tales! 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Fruit and Chocolate. So hard to get it right together, and you’ve got it perfected there.

    Bring on the Tokyo Tales!

  • tangy fruits always lightens up a chocolatey dessert like this one. And this tart looks exquisitely thin. Getting people to take seconds, definitely!

  • 5 years ago

    what an awesome looking tart! and congrats on being in HB! much love

  • Wow! Deeba, seems like you get strawberries all the time.. 🙂 how nice..
    That tart looks gorgeous.. love the ornate plate and spoon duo..
    To me, the recipe is cool because, it is simple, eggless and it has McVities biscuits!

  • 5 years ago

    Congrats on getting featured. You make us all so proud.
    The tart is such a visual treat. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos

    • 5 years ago

      You are too generous with your words Anita. Thank you! I feel humbled!!

  • Sexy!! Such a gorgeous tart!

  • 5 years ago

    Wow! What a strawberry garden you have here in your post. Lovely indeed! I love the Digestive crust too. An all time favorite biscuit will definitely a blast for us. Keep posting!

  • karishma
    5 years ago

    hi deepa, loved the recipe but am a li’l confused. it’s a rich-bittersweet-chocolate-orange-strawberry-tart but there was no mention oranges in the recipe. did i miss it?

  • I remember your hobnob story, Deeba and now that I’m no longer in London I shall be lamenting like that too! So glad that ‘this little red dot on the map’ actually stocks all those birtish biscuits, I so love McVities, and this post of yours make me yearn for wintry biscuity bakes instead of equator climate!

  • 5 years ago

    Oooh Sweetie, congrats on the exposé in Bazaar India! How cool is that but boy do you deserve it more than anyone!!! And case in point – a decadent orange chocolate ganache?!! Extraordinary and stunning – as usual….

  • 5 years ago

    That is just beautiful.

  • 4 years ago

    hey…the tart looks fab…beautiful and luscious … After the silk Orange peel chocolate invasion…I have fallen in love with orange and chocolate…do you think a layer of orange jelly will work…maybe as a surprise element in the centre…hmmmmmmmmm I can imagine the burst of the orange in the chocolate…This is on my to do list. I am going to have to invite people over for dinner…guinea pigs are so needed!
    thanks for giving me something to think about…

  • Anuja
    3 years ago

    Hi, I would like to make this gorgeous tart…but can’t find the recipe! 🙁

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