Almond Chocolate & Orange Tart – Torta Tal-Marmurat

A beautiful traditional Maltese Dessert made with a sweet pastry crust, filled with a mixture of ground almonds, chocolate, orange, sponge, sweet spices and coated with dark melted chocolate.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 60 min Cook Time 29 min Total Time 1 hr 29 mins
Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 8
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Sweet Pastry:




Sweet Pastry:

  1. Sift flour and icing sugar. Add in butter and mix until it resembles bread crumbs.

  2. Stir in orange and lemon zest. Add the egg yolks, vanilla essence and water. Mix until the dough comes together (add more water if needed).

  3. Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

  4. When ready roll out pastry and place into a butter greased 28cm/11inch springform tart pan or pie dish. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before adding the filling.


  1. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and finally add the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined.

To Make The Pie:

  1. Brush the base of the pastry with extra marmalade and then fill with the almond mixture.

  2. Smooth the surface and bake in oven 180C/350F for 25-30 minutes.

  3. Cool on a wire rack.

  4. Decorate with melted chocolate and roasted almond flakes.

  5. Enjoy!