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A delightful no-bake after eight tart with a chocolate biscuit base, mint filling, chocolate ganache topping and after eights! Mint heaven. 

I have mentioned a few times now how obsessed I am with the chocolate and mint combination… and I am not stopping anytime soon. I can only apologise if you don’t like anything mint themed, because you aren’t going to have enjoyed this festive season too much! 

I wanted to make a delicious and showstopping no-bake dessert that would be ridiculously easy to make and create one of my absolute favourite recipes ever! Honestly, I can’t actually cope with how much I love this one?! Seriously! 

I took inspiration from many recipes for this absolute beauty, such as my no-bake biscoff tart, and my easter salted caramel tart – just with a bit of a mint after eight twist! The idea of the bake is to be a giant biscuit based after eight, and it works!! 

I have genuinely made this dessert countless times over the last few weeks, and will be making it twice over Christmas itself – I genuinely love it that much! Something about the chocolatey base, topped with the world’s easiest mint filling, and the most delicious chocolate topping… Oh my days. 

For this recipe I used the same base as in my Baileys Chocolate Tart and Billionaires Tart because something about the cocoa powder mixed with digestives and butter creates the perfect base! I prefer the cocoa powder in the base compared to using chocolate digestives. 

If you did however want to use a chocolate digestive, you will want to use two thirds of the butter – using a biscuit with a filling, a ‘light’ alternative, or a chocolate coating requires less butter. You want the mixture to have enough butter though to combine with the biscuit crumbs and compress into the bottom and sides of the tart in. 

I used this tart tin for this recipe, as I do with all my other tart recipes. I know I normally use 8”/20cm round tins for my cakes and cheesecakes, but using a 9”/23cm tart tin works so much better for the ratio of ingredients. It creates the perfect depth of dessert. 

I tend to blitz my biscuits up to a fine crumb in a food processor, and then blitz again quickly with the cocoa powder. I then add the melted butter, and mix again. I tip all of the biscuit mixture into the tart tin, and start by pressing the biscuits into the side of the tin, making it about 5mm thick – but this is only rough. 

I find it easier to do the sides to make sure they are sturdy enough. You can then press the biscuit base into the bottom of the rest of the tin. I find it easiest to refrigerate the tart quickly at this point, whilst you do the rest of the tart. Just means you can let it set briefly to prevent accidentally ruining the biscuit base later. 

For the filling, it’s very similar to my mint slice filling – just without the colouring. I wanted it to literally look like the middle of an after eight, so I used icing sugar, water and peppermint extract. You really want to GRADUALLY add the water 1 tsp at a time, as you want the icing to be really thick and a paste; not runny!

For the filling, I used the same as my Easter salted caramel tart – because I just love it. A mixture of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, butter and cream! It’s quite a runny mixture once melted, but perfect. 

The ratios for the ingredients perfectly fitted my tin, so if your mixture overflows you might have had a slightly more shallow tin, or not compress your biscuit base enough – if you are worried, you can pour the mint icing over the base, and then put the tart in the fridge. You could then pour the chocolate mix over the mint, in the fridge to prevent spilling it when you move the dessert. 

Because the mixture is quite thin, it’s best to leave the tart to set for at least one hour, before you add the after eights. I used nearly an entire packet to decorate my tart as I wanted to go overkill – but you can obviously use less. I gently pressed them in, gently enough to not break the after eight. 

Once set, you can carefully remove the tin (always best to use the one I recommend as it’s a loose bottomed tin) – and then serve! You can add the fresh mint for decoration if you fancy, and even some sprinkles or chocolate curls but that is just for the look. ENJOY!!! x

After Eight Tart!

A delightful no-bake after eight tart with a chocolate biscuit base, mint filling, chocolate ganache topping and after eights! Mint heaven. 
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Category: Dessert
Type: Tarts
Keyword: After Eight, Christmas
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Setting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie

Ingredients

Biscuit Crust

  • 300 g digestives
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 100 g unsalted butter

Filling

  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1-2 tbsp water

Ganache

  • 300 ml double cream
  • 125 g dark chocolate
  • 125 g milk chocolate
  • 50 g unsalted butter

Decoration

  • 1 packet after eights
  • fresh mint
  • sprinkles/chocolate curls

Instructions

Biscuit base

  • Using a food processor, blitz all of the biscuits to a fine crumb and add the cocoa powder.
  • Add in the melted butter and mix until it is a wet sand texture.
  • Press this into the sides and base of a 23cm pie/flan/quiche tin (mine was 3cm deep). 
  • I press into the sides first, then the base. Refrigerate for now.

Filling

  • In a bowl, add the icing sugar and peppermint essence
  • And enough water, 1 tsp at a time, until it forms a thick paste – spread across the biscuit base carefully.

Ganache

  • In a heatproof pan, add your double cream and heat until just before boiling point.
  • In a separate bowl, add the milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and unsalted butter and pour on the hot double cream. Whisk together until smooth!
  • If the chocolate is still slightly not melted, heat for 10 second bursts in the microwave until combined well. Alternatively, add all ingredients to a large bowl and microwave/whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture onto the mint filling and refrigerate for an hour.

Decoration

  • After the hour, carefully decorate with the after eights. You want the ganache to be starting to firm, but not be completely set. This is so that they don't sink, but also soft enough that they stick.
  • Set again for another hour or two until set.
  • Add on some fresh mint leaves, and chocolate curls/sprinkles. Enjoy.

Notes

  • This dessert will last in the fridge for 3 days, covered.
  • If you want to use all dark chocolate, use 200g!
  • If you want to use all milk chocolate, use 350g! 
  • I used this tart tin
  • I used this dark chocolate
  • I used this milk chocolate
  • I used this peppermint extract
  • You can use as many or as few after eights - I used nearly an entire packet!
  • If you want a regular biscuit base, remove the cocoa powder. 

ENJOY!

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16 Comments

  1. Susan on January 31, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Made this for a party and while it looked great, and still tasted great, the biscuit base just fell apart. There was no way it would have held together, any tips for next time?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 3, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      Hiya! How did you crush the biscuits? They need to be a really fine crumb, mixed well with the butter for it to work! Hope this helps! x



  2. Julie Jones on December 31, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    5 stars
    I made this over Christmas, oh my! It was gorgeous Jane. Like a big After Eight, went down really went with the family. Making another today to take to the in-laws for New Years Day dessert. Can’t wait for another slice 🤗

  3. Katie on December 23, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Should I wait for the ganache to cool completely before pouring it onto the filling?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 30, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      Hiya! It should be fine to pour straight in. Hope this helps! x



  4. Sarah on December 22, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Can the base be made ahead of time and how long is this ok in the fridge for x

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 23, 2021 at 11:04 am

      Hiya! Yes you can, and the tart will last in the fridge for 3 days, covered! Hope this helps! x



  5. emma stevens on December 22, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Hi Jane.. have you tried this chocolate orange? By swapping out the essence and after eights for orange

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 23, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Hiya! Take a look at my Terrys Chocolate Orange Tart! But yes you would be able to switch those! Hope this helps! x



  6. JULIE PERROTT on December 21, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Looks amazing. I love After Eight MInts….yummy!

  7. Francesca on December 18, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Jane do you think this would work with dairy free cream?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 20, 2021 at 9:40 am

      Hiya! Unfortunately I haven’t tried this, but it is definitely worth a go! x



  8. Susan Susan Phasey on December 18, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Can i freeze this

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 20, 2021 at 9:48 am

      Yes! You can freeze this for up to 3 months! Enjoy! x



  9. Justine on December 18, 2021 at 11:05 am

    What kind of dark chocolate/milk chocolate would you recommend? I saw the Amazon one you recommended but from an ordinary supermarket, would any brand of chocolate work?

    By the way this looks amazing!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 20, 2021 at 9:50 am

      Generally using baking chocolate or just supermarket own is best! Though the dark chocolate needs to be at least 70%. Hope this helps! x



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