Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate-Crunched Caramel Tart

September 29, 2009 at 1:24 am | Posted in groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 55 Comments

chocolate-crunched caramel tart

Carla of Chocolate Moosey chose one sexy tart for TWD this week– Dorie’s Chocolate-Crunched Caramel Tart.  Soft bittersweet ganache on top of caramel and peanuts…this is rich and decadent.  Using a high percentage chocolate and taking your caramel to a deep amber keeps it from being overly sweet.  It’s a special occasion tart that’s surprisingly easy to make, especially if you’ve had some chocolate shortbread dough hiding out in the freezer for a rather long while (I used it instead of making a new batch of sweet tart dough). 

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read Chocolate Moosey.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. looks creamy and yum!

  2. Oh my yes! That looks insanely good!

  3. oh wow – that looks seriously good (and bad at the same time, my hips are crying out just from looking at it!)

  4. Wow! You really went the “chocolate” direction. Was the chocolate crust originally a cookie recipe? That has possibilities…

    • It Dorie’s chocolate shortbread tart dough recipe, near the back of the book. Could defintitely be rolled out and turned into cut-out cookies, though.

  5. Looks fabulous! I liked this, but it’s so rich. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I think it’s too much ganache for me!

  6. Your tart looks fabulous. Im glad you enjoyed the recipe. I thought it was super yummy and will make it again!

  7. Oh, caramel – that’s all I need to know 😉

  8. Oh my goodness that looks amazing!

  9. Wow, your tart does look sexy! Love the chocolate crust. Im thinking of trying a pretzel crust next time. I think the salt would add something. Looks perfect (as always) Steph!

  10. Steph, gorgeous tart and gorgeous photo. I love the way the ganache swirls at the tip of the tart — it’s a hint of how luxurious it is.

  11. You’re right… it does look sexy! Yours especially! WOW! …with that little subtle curve in the ganache! Looks like it’s swaying its hips! LOL LOL

  12. What a great combo – chocolate crust… a must-do next tie! The ganache looks so smooth, shiny and decadent. I agree – this was a fantastic tart! It looks like you enjoyed making it (you can tell in the pictures, you know!) 🙂 Nicely done!

  13. This must have been a breeze if you had extra dough hanging out in the freezer. Hard to believe something this lovely and delicious can be pulled together so easily.

  14. Brilliant idea.

    I heart the caramel.

  15. I never thought of using the chocolate shortbread for this crust! Well done! 🙂

  16. chocolate tart dough?! i think i’m in heaven!!! 🙂 and you’re right… this tart does scream ‘sexy’

  17. that looks sooooooo delicious! I skipped out this week because caramel and I don’t cook well together. But I love it. You did a great job.

  18. wow, that looks crazy delicious

  19. Brilliant! I love that you used the chocolate tart dough. I bet it tasted fantastic.

  20. Looks fantastic. Chocolate tart dough sounds wonderful. I wish I had some hiding in my freezer.

  21. “surprisingly easy” is right! Pairing it with the chocolate tart dough sounds amazing. I didn’t use a crust and didn’t miss it, but if I were to make it with one, this would be the way to go!

  22. Your ganache looks soooo perfect. YUM. I could eat it straight with a spoon.

  23. Beautiful tart! I love the idea of a chocolate crust! YUM!

  24. Ciao Steph ! I used your puff pastry instead !!

  25. your tart looks absolutely delicious! That slice is making me very, very hungry! And I bet your chocolate shortbread crust was amazing!

  26. I want to try this one with the chocolate crust! It looks amazingly decadent! Gorgeous!

  27. good lord that looks good. Life’s too short for to diet

  28. the chocolate tart base looks extra delicious!

  29. Looks much better than mine did. Of course, you had a better review too!

  30. Oh WOW! I bet this was delicious with your chocolate shortbread (why don’t I have anything like that in my freezer??)

  31. The chocolate crust looks wonderful!

  32. I think I gained three pounds just looking at your photo.


    Gorgeous. Me lovey.

  33. Your ganache looks so thick and creamy! Love the idea of a chocolate crust.

  34. Gorgeous!

  35. Oooo. The chocolate crust makes your tart look even more delicious. I loved this recipe. Love your picture!

  36. That looks ridiculously delicious!

  37. Look at the glisten on the ganache. Oh that looks amazing. I will definately put this on my list of things to bake.

  38. Oh dear!! How rich and delicious does that look?!

  39. Your tart turned out great Steph. I don’t blame you for using up the tart dough that you had – my poor freezer is bursting with dough from other projects.

  40. wow! that tart look absolutely divine!

  41. Lovely photo. I love the tiny gold flecks on the top of the ganache.

    xox Sarah

  42. Ooh, chocolate pastry crust. I think most tarts could be improved with more chocolate, you know?

  43. Mmmmm this looks absolutely decadent! Such a pretty photo too with the gold 🙂

  44. Mmm, so dark and luscious and perfect! Nice job 🙂

  45. Yumm!! Looks divine!

  46. The chocolate on chocolate is really decadent looking! I love finding resources in the freezer. Last week I needed to make some last minute cupcakes and happily I found just enough buttercream squirreled away in the freezer to ice them.

  47. Your take on this came out luciously gorgeous!!! Great job Steph.

  48. I used the same crust! Yours looks yummy.

  49. Wow! Your tart looks just perfect!

  50. okay I officially want this!! it looks sooo rich!!

  51. Stopped by to visit your TWD Tart and I was wooshed away by your vols-au-vent. he he So, I came back. A worthwhile return I might add. he he Anyway, truly beautiful. Hope you enjoyed eating some as well. What kind of chocolate did you use? I thought this was pretty easy to make (I don’t have little hang-ons pulling on my legs or disputes between siblings to interrupt my caramel making) from start to finish. Wasn’t lucky enough to have the gift of pastry in the freezer. Loved the tart though. Yours is gorgeous as always.

    • Amy Ruth– I used Callebaut bittersweet…same as you did, I see!

  52. Wow, does that look creamy and gooey and rich!! I just did a chocolate glazed- chocolate tart for a pie contest (got third place)!

  53. OMG, OMG, OMG! This is too decadent for words.

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