My Dad’s Coming Home and It’s Awesome Tart

My dad’s coming home today from his trip from India and I made an awesome Nutella & Cream Cheese with Chocolate-Pretzel Crust Tart to celebrate!

Just to get this out of the way: My dad doesn’t read my blog nor does he have Facebook, so I’m pretty confident he won’t find out about my tart surprise until he gets home. So don’t worry, I’m not spoiling any surprises here by posting this. πŸ™‚

Anyway, my mom asked me to make something for my dad for his “homecoming” from his 5 day work-related trip in India. Since I’ve been on full steam baker mode lately, I decided to whip up something special in the kitchen, just for him.

I still have a humongous jar of Nutella sitting on our cupboard, so I searched the internet for some Nutella pie recipes and I stumbled upon thisΒ mouthwatering tart:

Nutella Cream Cheese Pretzel Pie

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Wow. I mean, wow. That’s one gorgeous tart! Plus, the recipe’s extremely simple, so I jotted down the ingredients and rushed off to the grocery.

The best part about this tart is that it combines all of my favorite things: Nutella, Cream Cheese (Philadephia Cream Cheese, of course!), Rold Gold Pretzel, Butter and Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses. Yes, they’re all rolled together into one sweet & salty, AWESOME TART! It’s quite an expensive tart, to be honest, but c’mon, my dad deserves it. Following Jenna’s lead, I’m even naming the tart after my dad: My Dad’s Coming Home and It’s Awesome Tart.

Since I had work yesterday, I started with the tart crust early in the morning, before heading out.

Pretzel Tart Crust

Mashed Pretzels

I just mashed 2 cups of pretzels until I had 1 cup of crumbs. I don’t have a processor at home and our mortar and pestle died during Ondoy, so I resorted to whatever I had at home: my hands and a batirol. Haha, so sorry to all die-hard chocoholics out there! Sorry for “desecrating” the batirol!

I wanted a bit of texture in my crust so I didn’t completely crush all of the pretzels. Of course, you may choose to further mash the pretzels to achieve a finer crust.

Butter and Chocolate

Chocolate and Butter Mixture

Melted Butter and Chocolate

In a double boiler, melt 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips for that darker taste)Β and 1/4 cup unsalted butter over medium heat, while stirring constantly until smooth.

Can I just say, unsalted butter is crazy expensive! It’s almost twice the price of regular butter. I had to close my eyes when I popped this over at the counter. I wonder where I can get cheaper unsalted butter…

Butter, Chocolate and Pretzels

Mix in the pretzels!

Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the pretzels.

Salty and Sweet Tart Crust

Salty and Sweet Crust

Then pat down the pretzel-chocolate-butter mixture on the bottom and the sides of a tart pan. But before this, make sure to grease your tart pan with butter or non-stick spray. It also helps if you have a tart pan with a removable base, just like mine. I bought mine during a Bakery Fair.

After filling in the tart pan with your crust, place this in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. But since I had work, I left this in the refrigerator for hours, which also works. The thing I love best about pies and tarts is that once you have the crust, you can leave it for a long duration and go back to it when you time again. Definitely great for working girls! πŸ˜‰

~Back to baking after work~

~Also the start of poorly lighted pictures, sorry!~

Nutella and Cream Cheese for Baking

Nutella & Cream Cheese

Whipping Cream Cheese and Nutella

Cream Cheese and Nutella Filling

Now it’s time to work on the filling – time to say goodbye to your Cream Cheese and Nutella stock! Using a hand mixer, whisk together 1 cup cream cheese (at room temperature) and 1/2 cup Nutella.

Cream Cheese and Nutella Filling Tart

Chocolate Pretzel Crusted Tart with Cream Cheese and Nutella Filling

Then spoon the Nutella-Cream Cheese mixture over to the Chocolate-Pretzel crust evenly.

Fruit Toppings on Tart

Top off with fresh fruits!

Then to add a health illusion to this rich, sweet and salty pie (haha), top it off with fresh fruits! I initially wanted to place strawberries and any other berries I could find in the grocery, but they’re apparently not in season right now. I tried two groceries and came out with zero strawberries, so I just bought two types of grapes for color contrast: red and black seedless grapes.

Red and Black Grapes on Tart

Adding a health illusion to this tart!

I know I need lessons in food styling but I tried my best to garnish my tart. (Where’s my food stylist when I need him? *ehem ehem Paolo Mandingiado*) But it’s the thought that counts, right? Haha.

Anyway, I haven’t tasted the tart yet since I’m still waiting for my dad to arrive but seriously, how can you go wrong with Hershey’s Chocolate, Rold Gold Pretzels, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, butter and Nutella?

I really hope he comes home early. I just can’t wait to dig into this HEAVENLY TART!

Welcome home dad! πŸ™‚ SURPRISE!

*Just an update after eating the pie*

THIS IS THE BEST DESSERT TART I’VE TASTED πŸ˜€ Nutella + Cream Cheese = MAGIC! I love how sensual the silkiness of the nutella and cream cheese filling on my tongue, leaving such a rich and bold hazelnut flavor, slathered with so much loving creaminess. And every bite ends with a crunch from the salty pretzels and a thick chocolate aftertaste from the Hershey’s semi-sweet chips! Then the natural sweetness of the grape fruit comes in and cleanses the palate for yet another bite! I tell you, this pie is pure bliss! Hands down, this is my favorite tart!

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  • Ela

    That looks so delicious. My mouth is watering at the thought of Nutella and cream cheese.

    • Smar

      I knoooow! πŸ™‚ i just love how this tart combines nutella and cream cheese! I really really can’t wait to eat it!

  • Theofratus Aurelius

    may i be your apprentice in baking??? graduating ako ng HRM pero weakness ko ang baking, huhuhuhu

    • Smar

      hala, i’m not yet a master but of course, you can always bake with me πŸ˜€ just don’t expect me to get it right all the time. hahaha πŸ™‚ i have kitchen boo boos too πŸ™‚

      ps. so does that mean strength mo ang beef, pork and chicken! patikim! πŸ˜‰

  • Family Spice

    YAY! I’m glad you liked it and I’m especially glad you thought it was easy to make! I could use a slice right now, actually… : )

    • Smar

      thank you so much for sharing this recipe on your site! πŸ˜€ I really had a great time making this tart πŸ˜€ and yes, this is SO GOOD! πŸ˜€

  • ayla

    I love no bake goodies. I remember in our production classes in maskom back then I would always ask my talents to make hershey’s choco-peanut butter drops, it’s made of peanut butter, hershey’s kisses, marshmallows and peanuts yummmm! But i’m guessing it can be improved with Nutella! This looks really easy by the way so I might try it at home. hahaha. Emphasis on might.

    • Smar

      hahaha! πŸ˜€ dont worry, my browser is filled with bookmarked recipes – most of them I haven’t tried yet!Β 

      But when I stumbled upon this recipe, I just had to make it!

    • Smar

      Oooooh hershey’s choco-peanut butter drops, it sounds so sinful as well! πŸ˜€ And yes, I think Nutella makes everything taste SO good. It’s the magical ingredient

  • Anonymous

    i just gained 5 lbs just by looking at the photos! btw, we buy President unsalted butter.Β  I think it’s around p90? πŸ™‚

    • Smar

      Sige I’ll try to look for President πŸ™‚ Unsalted butter ranges from Php90-150. It’s crazy expensive compared to regular butter.

      I’ll try to look into non-branded unsalted butter too, hopefully they’re cheaper πŸ™‚

  • Trixie Torralba

    ooohh! this looks like <3! can i try it and make a video out of it too??? πŸ™‚Β 

    • Smar

      sure! πŸ˜€ make it extra delicious on video πŸ˜€Β 

      • Trixie Torralba

        and perfect timing! i got 1/2 block of beautiful cream cheese waiting for me at home πŸ™‚

        • Smar

          niiice! πŸ˜€ it’s such a delicious pie πŸ™‚ i swear, it’s so rich and so sinfully good with that salty kick in the end πŸ™‚

  • Paolo

    My goodness Smarla! Ngayon ko lang to nakita! I think reader missed this. >.<

    Next time call me first for your styling needs! Hahaha! That being said, ok naman ah. Drool inducing photos as usual. πŸ˜€Β 

    • Smar

      Totoo yan ah! πŸ˜› talagang icocontact kita next time πŸ™‚