Chocolate Caramel Cream Tart

This heavenly pie is filled with rich, bittersweet chocolate laced with walnuts. Mmm!

November 2007 | By
Chocolate Caramel Cream Tart
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November 2007

The key to the wonderful texture of the tart shell is to let the dough rest. In this recipe, the dough was rested twice before baking. Don't forget to fill the tart with pie weights or uncooked beans before baking.

Makes one (9-inch) tart 
Prep Time 80 minutes 
Baking Time 30 minutes

For the tart shell
1 1/4  cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter,
      cut into pieces, chilled
2 large egg yolks        
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling
1 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 (1-oz) squares (150 grams) bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Place flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt into a bowl of a food processor. Pulse until combined.

2  Add butter and pulse about 10 seconds. Add egg yolks and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

3  Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and form a disk. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4  Preheat oven to 350F. Roll out chilled dough to 1/8-inch thick and fit into a 9-inch tart pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes.

6  Spread toasted walnuts on the bottom of the baked crust.

7  Make the caramel: Place sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Do not stir. Cook while swirling the pan, until it develops a nice amber color. 

(Click here to see How to Make Caramel)

Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup cream, butter, and vanilla. Stir until smooth and pour into the tart pan over walnuts. Refrigerate.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate. Put chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Place the remaining heavy cream in a saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring cream to a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate. Let it rest for 5 minutes. Stir until well combined. Chill for 1 hour.

10  Remove tart from pan. Pour filling into the tart shell. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate.


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