Chocolate Caramel Tartlets

Ok I have waited long enough. Time to break out the big guns. And by “big” guns, I really mean “mini” chocolate caramel tartlets. Big, mini, there’s no difference really.
I made these babies for an office warming a few weeks ago and they were definitely a hit. Who doesn’t like caramel, chocolate and salt singing in harmony in a convenient 2-bite portion? That’s what I thought.
We are well on our way through October now and I don’t know about you but I am ready for a break from pumpkin. These are a more than adequate substitute. Sorry pumpkin, but you are no match for chocolate in my mind. Even when you are paired together, chocolate is still the star of the show. That being said, I will be back on the bandwagon with another recipe for pumpkin something-or-other (did someone say sticky buns?) on Friday.
But in the meantime, let’s indulge in some chocolate caramel heaven, shall we?
Chocolate Caramel Tartlets
Chocolate Caramel Tartlets
Chocolate Caramel Tartlets

Chocolate Caramel Tartlets
Adapted from David Lebovitz
Makes 24

Ingredients

Chocolate Dough

4 ounces (115g) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla (paste or extract)
1 cup (140g) all purpose flour
6 tbsp. (50g) cocoa powder


Caramel Filling

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream

Ganache

4 1/2 ounces (130g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
6 tablespoons (90ml) heavy cream
coarse sea salt

Instructions 

To make the dough, cream together the butter and sugar (with a mixer or by hand). Add in the egg, salt and vanilla, beating until smooth. Add both the flour and cocoa all at once. Mix until the dough forms a ball, but don’t over-work it.


Grease 24 mini muffin tins. Roll the dough into 24 2cm balls. Place each ball in its own mini muffin tin. Take your thumb and press down in the middle of each. Then work around the edges, pressing the dough into the sides to form a little cup. If you find that your fingers are sticking to the dough, grease them lightly with butter. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until the dough loses it’s sheen. Cool slightly and remove the tarts from the mini muffin tins onto a cooling rack to come to room temperature.


To make the filling put the sugar in a pot with a splash of water. Cook on high heat until it reaches a deep, caramel colour, swirling occasionally. Remove the caramelized sugar from the heat and stir in the cream. Careful, it will bubble. Return the pot to the heat and cook over medium until the sugar and cream come together to form a cohesive sauce (this should not take more than 2-3 minutes). Allow the caramel to cool a bit before spooning about a teaspoon of it into each cooled tart shell.


Now for the ganache, the easiest part. Heat up the cream in a pot or you can be lazy efficient and pop it in the microwave like I did. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Just let it sit for a second to allow the chocolate to melt. Stir it together and dollop about a teaspoon of it onto each caramel filled tart. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Who’s ready for some chocolate caramel tartlets??


Chocolate Caramel Tartlets

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