A rich, decadent chocolate tart with fresh strawberries, boozy strawberry jam and an oreo crust. So easy to make, this No Bake Strawberry and Chocolate Boozy Tart is the perfect dessert to serve on a nice summer’s day!
I think it’s fairly obvious that I love to bake! I definitely get the appeal of a no bake dessert, they’re usually easy to prepare and it’s great to not have to turn the oven on when it’s hot out – plus, they can be delicious! But, I usually prefer the baked alternative – there’s just usually an extra depth of flavour you can’t seem to replicate in a “no bake” version. Cheesecake is the best example of this, while no bake cheesecakes can indeed be yummy, you’ll never beat a baked one as far as I’m concerned. So why, you ask, do I have a no bake dessert for you today? For the same reasons they’re so popular, it’s really easy to whip up, with the day’s heating up you don’t want the oven on all the time and it is amazingly tasty!
This wasn’t a planned recipe either. I have a note on my phone and on my computer with lists of recipe ideas that I’m constantly adding to, I look through it often to get inspiration for what to bake next. This recipe came out of the fact I had a punnet of gorgeous strawberries in the fridge that were going to be no longer gorgeous if I didn’t use them soon! It was fairly late in the evening and I didn’t fancy doing anything too elaborate or even turn the oven on – who says good things can’t come from being lazy? Chocolate and strawberry seemed like the obvious choice, I also had some strawberry preserves so, with some inspiration from these Caramelised White Chocolate Boozy Raspberry Tarts, I combined it with some chocolate vodka for a boozy base filling! Oreos were an obvious choice for the crust – this crust is a little on the crumbly side because I really wanted to limit the amount of butter I put in (I hate greasy crusts) so if you want a firmer crust I would suggest baking it for about 10 mins (180C/350F should do it) or adding more butter. I didn’t mind the crumblyness though.
The chocolate filling is to die for though. It’s rich, smooth and oh so decadent – in fact, it’s so rich that even a small slice would satisfy even the biggest chocoholics! You could lighten it up a little by using milk chocolate, but I think the richness of the dark chocolate compliments the juicy strawberries perfectly. Just imagine it – smooth, dark chocolate ganache and ripe, juicy strawberries all in one bite! And don’t forget the hit of boozy tartness from the vodka laced jam! Are we all drooling yet?
- 200g Oreos
- 30g unsalted butter, melted
- 350g good quality dark chocolate
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 250ml double cream (high fat heavy cream)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 300g fresh strawberries, thawed
- 180g strawberry preserves
- 25ml chocolate vodka (or regular vodka, omit completely for alcohol free dessert)
- 50g white choclate for garnish (optional)
- Put the oreos in a food processor and blitz until you have fine crumbs, pour the butter in with the motor running until crumbs are alll moistened. Press the mixture into a 9" loose bottomed tart tin. Cover and place in the freezer until ready to use.
- Melt the chocolate (in a microwave or double boiler) and stir in the vanilla extract.
- In a small saucepan, heat the cream and maple syrup on a medium heat until it's just starting to boil. Remove from heat.
- Add 1/3 of the cream to the melted chocolate and whip with a handheld electric mixer until combined. Add another 1/3 of the cream and whip until combined. Add the remaining cream and whip until smoothy and glossy.
- Mix the preserves with the vodka and spread over the base of the crust. Pour the chocolate ganache mixture over and smooth out.
- Press strawberries, hulled side down, into the mixture until the top is covered. Grate white chocolate over the top.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before serving.
The great thing about this tart is it’ll be so easy to change to suit your tastes and needs. If you don’t like strawberries (or are allergic/live in the southern hemisphere where strawberries aren’t coming into season right now) you could use raspberries, or blueberries, or mango, or apples… the list is endless! Whatever fruit you like to pair with chocolate would be perfect and delicious! You can even leave the fruit out all together and go chocolate crazy – instead of grating the white chocolate on top, perhaps try melting it and swirling it into the still warm ganache, yum!
So if you’re looking for a really easy, really decadent and delicious dessert that you can make without working up a sweat in your kitchen on these hot summer days, this No Bake Strawberry and Chocolate Boozy Tart is definitely for you! It will definitely impress any guests, or even your family, with it’s richness it has the feel of a fancy, complicated dessert – don’t worry, I won’t tell them if you don’t!
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Mmmmmm Michelle this looks so yummy! I am working on a no-bake tart myself! And I have a list of things I want to make too…unfortunately it seems like I can never get through it fast enough 🙂
Thank you Mila, can’t wait to see yours!
Haha, same! I add to it way faster than I’m able to get through it!
Be still my heart… this looks SO GOOD Michelle!! It’s got chocolate and booze and I was in love 😀 hahaha!! The fact that it’s no bake means, this may frequent my kitchen quite a few times!
😀 thank you Dini!
I’ve just got an invitation of a surprice birthday party. It happens that the birthday girl loves chocolate more then anything in the world…. Your recipe is perfect! Thanks a lot Michelle, I will let you know!
Ah I hope she likes it! Thanks Margy!
The pictures look great and so does the tart. I think strawberries are such an intense color they are hard to photograph. I have been taking pictures of them and the color can be so different. Because the tart is not baked do you think there is too much of a “boozy” flavor. I know you can leave it out but baking usually mellows the flavor.
I think you’re right, especially against brown!
No, I didn’t find the alcohol to be too strong in it at all, as it’s only really a thin layer across the bottom. You could always try adding a little less to the jam, tasting it and see what you think and add more if it’s not too strong.
I agree, the chocolate and strawberries are kind of in the same color spectrum as the wood board. Still looks good – me I like the booze, the more the merrier 🙂
Very nice Michelle, just lovely, the pictures and all. Hey, I see you have a new look, I may have mentioned it before, but under The Reader, your name does not pop up. It just says “No title”..so I don’t believe folks know that the post is from you unless you click on it. Just an observation.
Thank you Loretta!
Ah yes, I’ve been having problems with my blog title where if I add it it ends up appearing twice (so, for example, this would say “no bake strawberry and chocolate boozy tart >> giraffes can bakegiraffes can bake” when shared) so I’ve removed it for now until I can figure out what I’m doing wrong! Thank you for letting me know, I didn’t think about the fact it would come up blank in the reader!
I rushed over when I saw the word ‘boozy’! This cakes looks lovely and delicious Michelle! Great there’s no sugar in it either. Lots of chocolate… and booze… Yum yum…! 🙂
Hehe, thank you lili! Yep, there’s no need for sugar in this yummy tart!
It’s like you read my mind. I was just planning of having a ‘No Bake’ series on my blog after a month (maybe) because as you said it is very popular and they are very easy to whip up. This looks really amazing, Michelle. Happy FF. 🙂 xx
Ooh can’t wait to see that series Jhuls! Thanks! x
Great recipe as is but I also like that you gave instructions for using it a base recipe. This would be great to take to summer parties. Thanks for bringing it to the Fiesta Friday #72 party. Happy FF! :)) Quinn
Thank you Quinn!
This looks and sounds delicious. Very decadent and perfect for this time of year.
Thank you Caroline 😀
While I love to bake, I do occasionally appreciate a quick, no-bake dessert, and this one sounds divine (with ganache, strawberries and an oreo crust what’s not to like?!). I have a “to bake” list too, it’s massive…and constantly expanding at a rate far quicker than I can bake to keep up with…
Yep, sometimes it’s just too hot or too much effort to turn the oven on – no bake is perfect for that!
Glad I’m not the only one who can’t keep up with their “to bake” list haha
I’m having a serious sweet tooth right now and this tart isn’t helping lol! I might just have to cave and make it … it looks so good!
Thank you Kristen! Don’t worry, it has fruit, it’s totally healthy 😉