When I spotted this salted caramel and chocolate tart recipe in Chatelaine magazine, it was love at first sight and I knew I HAD to make it. It felt decadent when I was making it and tasted just as amazing as I had imagined when I took that first bite. As always, my favourite part of making this delicious dessert was seeing other people enjoy it.
My ritual is to make a dessert to keep one piece for myself and then share the rest with my team at LOULOU Magazine. It makes me so happy to see people get excited when they find out I’ve made a dessert and in this case, there was an actual queue at my office to steal a piece (photo to prove the madness below)!
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced
1 egg yolk
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups 35% cream, divided
1 1/4 tsp pink salt (or sea salt), divided
1 1/4 cups chopped 70% dark chocolate (about 170 g)
2 tsp unsalted butter, diced
Position rack in centre of oven. Prehat to 350F. Place a 9-inch tart pan with 1 1/2 inch sides and a removable bottom on a baking sheet.
Combine flour with 2 tbsp sugar in a medium bowl. Using fingers mix 1/2 cup butter into flour mixture until crumbly. Stir in egg yolk and mix until the dough comes together into a ball. Transfer dough to center of prepared tart pan. Press dough from middle of pan to edges. Using fingertips, press dough up edges of pan until even with rim.
Prick pastry with a fork, then line with parchment or foil. Add pie weights or dry beans. Bake in center of oven for 20 min, then remove parchment and pie weights and continue baking until lightly browned, about 10 min. Set aside to cool slightly, 10 min.
Combine 1 cup sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high. Continue boiling just until it turns a light amber, 5 to 10 min. Stir in 1/2 cup cream and 3/4 tsp salt until smooth. Pour into warm pastry and refrigerate until caramel is firm, about 20 min.
Place chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour remaining 1 cup cream into a small saucepan and set over medium. Bring just to a boil. Pour over chocolate and stir until no streaks remain and chocolate is smooth. Stir in 2 tsp butter and 1/4 tsp salt until glossy. Let cool to room temperature, 10 min.
Scrape chocolate over caramel and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp salt.
Voilà! The result: pure deliciousness. I promise this tart will disappear faster than you can say caramel. If you would like other yummy chocolate dessert recipe ideas, continue reading below!
Image by Chatelaine