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Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

A chocolate salted caramel tart made with a buttery shortbread crust filled with salted caramel and topped with creamy chocolate ganache.

Belula November 09, 2015 August 18, 2020
45° closeup shot of one chocolate salted caramel tartelette

One of my favorite desserts of all times. This salted caramel tart brings me back to Argentina in a heartbeat. Maybe this is why I love making it (and eating it 😉) so much! Other than the fact that it is delicious! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Ingredients to make this tart

  • Shorbread pastry or sable dough: you can find a step by step and complete recipe here Shortbread Crust.
  • Salted caramel: there as a detailed explanation of how to make salted caramel below. I like to use vanilla bean for flavour.
  • Chocolate: use good quality chocolate. I like to use Valrona Chocolate.
  • Whipping cream: make sure it has high fat content. Not the diet stuff.
45° closeup shot of 1 salted caramel tart slightly open with caramel dripping

How to make salted caramel

First, be sure to use a big pot as the caramel makes some big bubbles when the cream is added that may cause overflow.

There are 3 steps to make this salted caramel recipe:

  1. Using the water and the big sugar quantity in the recipe make a caramel. Once the caramel gets to a light brownish colour it will start to fume a little. At this point you are ready for the next step.
  2. Over medium heat whisk in the cold butter cut in cubes and the salt. Once it has properly incorporated remove from the stove.
  3. Whisk in the hot cream/sugar mixture. Then let it rest until there are no more bubbles.
90° shot of a hand pouring salted caramel onto the tart shells

Salted or Unsalted butter

I prefer to use unsalted butter and add the salt myself. This way I can control how much salt I want in the salted caramel as well as the type of salt I will be using. I like to use fleur de sel 😊.

You can use salted butter if you prefer to do so.

What is chocolate ganache

Chocolate ganache is a mixture of whipping cream and chocolate, usually in equal parts. It is made by pouring hot cream over the chopped chocolate and mixing them together.

Depending on the utilisation you will give your ganache you can make it more liquid or less liquid. For this tart, as it will be used as a glaze it is a little more liquid.

This can be managed by the cream to chocolate ratio of your ganache.

45° closeup shot of one chocolate salted caramel tartelette

How to make chocolate ganache

Making chocolate ganache is rather simple.

  • First bring the cream to a simmer over medium heat. And pour over the chopped chocolate! Let it rest for about 3 minutes.
  • Secondly, using a small whisk start stirring very slowly at the centre of the bowl. Once you notice that the colour begins to change, meaning that the chocolate and cream are coming together nicely, you can speed up your movement!
  • Finally, once the chocolate and cream have come together, add the butter, and mix until combined.
  • For the purposes of this tart, use the ganache in its liquid state to glaze the tarts.

A note:

The most important thing when making a ganache is: keep your whisk perpendicular to the chocolate/cream mixture and mix slowly. This will result in a smooth, free of bubbles, shiny ganache!

How to put together this chocolate and salted caramel tart?

You can either make one 20/22 cm tart or 6 small tartelettes using this recipe. The assembly of this tart recipe is quite easy:

  • Line the tart tins with the crust and bake them. Let them cool of over a wire rack.
  • Fill the tartelettes with the salted caramel leaving 2mm to the border. Refrigerate for about 2 hours, until the caramel has set.
  • Once the caramel has set, prepare the chocolate ganache and while the ganache is still liquid pour onto the salted caramel tarts and spread evenly over the surface. To do this pick up the tart with both hands and tilt it slightly so that the ganache evenly distributes over the whole surface. Use circular movements.
  • Let the tartelettes sit at room temperature until the chocolate ganache has set.
Overhead shot of the tartelettes filled with salted caramel
Overhead shot of the tartelettes topped with chocolate ganache

How to store this salted caramel tart?

This tart should be kept in the refrigerator. It keeps for up to 4 days.

Variations for this salted caramel tart.

In Argentina we usually have this tart filled with dulce de leche instead of salted caramel. It is a great combination too if you ever want to try it.

90° shot of one chocolate and salted caramel tartelette
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition: 383 cal
Cuisine: French

Ingredients

Dough

  • Shortbread Crust 1

Salted Caramel

  • Water 45 ml
  • Sugar 200 g
  • Butter (or unsalted) 50 g
  • Whipping Cream 120 g
  • Vanilla Beans 1
  • Sugar 70 g
  • Salt (or fleur de sel) 1 pinch

Chocolate Ganache

  • Butter 10 g
  • Cream 100 g
  • Dark Chocolate (70%) 70 g

Procedure

  • Dough

  • 1. Line the tartelette tins with the sable dough and bake until golden.
  • 2. Let them cool off on a wire rack.
  • Salted Caramel

  • 1. Dice the butter and add the pinch of fleur de sel or salt.
  • 2. Over a low heat warm the cream and the 70 g of sugar.
  • 3. Mix the 200 g of sugar and water in pot. Cook over high heat until the caramel starts to change its colour to a light brown and it it starts to fume.
  • 4. Whisk in the butter with the salt.
  • 5. Remove from the heat and pour the hot cream into the caramel whisking at the same time.
  • 6. Let the caramel sit for a few minutes, until there are no more bubbles.
  • 7. Pour the caramel onto the cooled off tartelettes shells, leaving 2 mm to the border.
  • 8. Place in the fridge for about 2 hours. Until the caramel has set and cooled down.
  • Chocolate Ganache

  • 1. Cut the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl.
  • 2. Bring the cream to a simmer and pour it over the chocolate. Let it rest for about 3 minutes. Using a small whisk start stirring very slowly at the centre of the bowl and continue to mix until the chocolate and cream have become one.
  • 3. Add the butter and mix until combined.
  • 4. While the ganache is still liquid pour onto the tartelettes filled with the salted caramel and spread evenly over the surface.
  • 5. Let the tartelettes sit at room temperature until the chocolate ganache has set.
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