Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Daring Bakers present: Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart

Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart

Chocolate and caramel – a match made in heaven. That’s what I thought when Veron showed me this recipe – she was the host of this month’s challenge and asked me to be her partner in crime – thanks, sweetie! :)

We exchanged emails with many suggestions for the challenge but truth be told, who can resist this tart? I couldn’t, and didn’t.

The tart is delicious, but not as rich as I thought it would be – the chocolate topping is very light and smooth. The caramel fragments add a delicious crunch to it and the shortbread base is so delicious I have been thinking of using baking the amount left on my freezer as cookies.

I halved the entire recipe and got a 24cm round pie, with only a handful of pastry left.

There’s also some info I need to share: I ended up using the metric system to measure some ingredients and cup/tablespoon/teaspoon to measure others because some of the measurements were a bit confusing in my opinion – for instance, I weighed 2 ½ tablespoons flour and got more than 15g.

You’ll need to chill the pastry overnight, so plan accordingly.

Don’t forget to check the other Daring Bakers’ tarts – there’s a link to the complete list on my side bar.

Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart

Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart

Chocolate Shortbread Pastry:*
250g unsalted butter, softened
150g confectioners’ sugar
50g ground hazelnuts
2 level teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 eggs
4 ½ cups cake flour**
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder

A day ahead:
In a mixing bowl of a food processor – I used my brand new Kitchen Aid, with the paddle attachment, yay!!! - cream the butter.
Add the confectioners’ sugar, the ground hazelnuts, and the cinnamon, and mix together
Add the eggs, one by one, mixing constantly; sift in the flour, the baking powder, and the cocoa powder, and mix well.
Form a ball with the dough, cover in plastic wrap, and chill overnight – take it out of the refrigerator a while before rolling it out, otherwise it will be too hard.

Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart

Caramel filling / chocolate mousse topping:
250g (½ lb) chocolate shortbread pastry (see recipe above)
300g granulated sugar
250g heavy cream (30-40 percent butterfat) or crème fraiche – I used 25% cream, which is the one available here in Brazil
50g butter
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
2 ½ tablespoons flour
1 ¼ cups whipping cream
250g (½ lb) milk chocolate

Preheat oven to 160ºC/325ºF.
Line the baking pan with the chocolate shortbread pastry (roll it between plastic pieces and it will be a lot easier) and bake blind for 15 minutes.
In a saucepan, caramelize 200g granulated sugar using the dry method until it turns a golden caramel color. Incorporate the heavy cream or crème fraiche and then add butter. Mix thoroughly. Set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat the whole eggs with the extra egg yolk, then incorporate the flour.
Pour this into the cream-caramel mixture and mix thoroughly.
Spread it out in the tart shell and bake for 15 minutes (I baked for 20). Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Prepare the milk chocolate mousse: beat the whipping cream until stiff. Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave or in a bain-marie, and fold it gently into the whipped cream – I set the chocolate aside for a couple of minutes to cool because adding the warm chocolate to the whipped cream did not seem right to me.

Pour the chocolate mousse over the cooled caramel mixture, smoothing it with a spatula. Chill for one hour in the refrigerator.

Alternate Caramel Method:

If you have problems with the dry method, you may use this method.

1 cup sugar
½ cup water
1 tablespoon corn syrup

Set mixture in a pot over medium-high heat and stir slowly. When the mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring and leave it alone. Wait till desired color is attained.
Proceed with the rest of the recipe.

Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart

Caramel Fragments:
Melt 100g granulated sugar in a saucepan until it reaches an amber color. Pour it onto waxed paper laid out on a flat surface. Leave to cool. Break it into small fragments and stick them lightly into the top of the tart.

Makes: One 22.5cm (9in) square or one 25cm (10in) round tart

* chocolate shortbread pastry can make 3 tart shells

** there’s no cake flour here in Brazil, so I used a substitute I found on the web: 1 cup cake flour = 7/8 cup all purpose flour + 2 tablespoons corn starch

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81 comments:

Butta Buns said...

I'm actually supposed to be joining the Daring Bakers list and have been emailing Ivonne back and forth but never got the announcement about this. Is it too late for me to participate now?

Lia said...

actually i loved pie but sometimes to lazy making it cause when its ready no one help me to finished:( really urs looking good :)

veron said...

Oh Patricia, what a magnificent tart! I'm glad you liked it. My problem was more with the milk chocolate I used. I'm definitely making this again. Thanks for agreeing to co-host with me!

kellypea said...

I love the "shards" on your tart top, Patricia. Thanks for hosting the event, and choosing this tart. The milk chocolate turned out lovely, and we're still enjoying it several days later, believe it or not! Good Choice! Oh, and thanks for a break on the difficulty factor.

slush said...

Your tart looks yum! I loved making this tart. This was my 1st challenge and it was a blast. Thanks so much for the tasty recipe!

Dharm said...

My Dear Patricia,
What a Lovely tart! I love how your caramel is nice and dark and your mousse so thick and light looking! Thanks for pairing with Veron for a wonderful challenge! We all (the family) loved the tart and I wish I had more now! Great Job!

Pille said...

Patricia (and Veron) - I know this was only my third DB challenge, but it was my favourite one. I really liked the flavours, and am looking forward to making it again soon. I think it'd be perfect for Christmassy coffee night!
I used the same plain/all-purpose flour I use for all my baking, and it worked just fine..

Everything4sweets said...

Wow ,chocolate and caramel, it is taste like heaven, beautiful picture of the tart, I bet the taste is wonderful,yummy.

Deborah said...

Your tart is beautiful! Thanks for co-hosting this month and for the challenge - it really was a challenge for me!

Anita said...

Patricia,
Thanks for hosting DB this month and picking such a great recipe! I love the first shot of your tart, it's a sort of starry (sugary) sky!

XOXO

Leslie said...

Looks great! I think we'll have to agree to disagree about the crust (hehe). :) Great job!

Terry B said...

Actually, Patricia, the fact that this is light and not overly rich makes it pretty appealing--a nice, sweet touch at the end of dinner without being too heavy. Sounds great!

Anne said...

Thanks for the wonderful challenge Patricia :) I really enjoyed it.

Your crust came out beautifully and the caramel shards are just perfect :)

Ilva said...

Thanks Patricia, a great challenge! And I love your starry tart!

Hillary said...

I love reading all of the Daring Baker entries....yours looks great! Nice decoration with the pieces of caramel shard. You and Veron picked a fabulous recipe!

Brilynn said...

The caramel shards on top are great. I definitely feel like I missed out on not getting a big slice of this!

Marce said...

Your tart looks great, Patricia. Thanks for a wonderful challenge, everybody loved it.

Hannah said...

The tart came out beautifully- I love seeing everyone's interpretations and I have to say, those shards of caramel on top really make yours shine. Nice work!

The Cooking Ninja said...

What a great idea to sprinkle caramel bits on top of your tart. Looks superb!

the pastry princess said...

fabulous job!! it looks fantastic, patricia

Lis said...

Such a pretty tart, Patricia! I love your decoration.. it looks like a pretty sugar mosaic :D

Thank you so much for such a great challenge.. I really enjoyed this one!

xoxo

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Oh, a new Kitchen Aid, how awesome! I think your tart looks beautiful with all the gorgeous shards on top :D. Thank you for hosting this, my first challenge!

Tartelette said...

Gorgeous! I love the decoration design! Thanks for co-hosting such a great challenge!

sher said...

I really enjoyed the way this tart tastes. After looking at your beautiful pictures, I wish I hadn't given most of it away! I would love another slice! Thanks for hosting this challenge!!!!

Chrystel said...

Quelle magnifique recette. La photo est superbe et me donne envie de le tester rapidement. Les bretonnes ADORENT le caramel au beurre salé. Hummm !!
Chrys

Syrie said...

This looks devine... I love the chards of caramel!

Baking Soda said...

Thanks for a wonderful co-hosting Patricia! Wish I had used some caramel to act as diamonds on this cake. Lovely!

Meeta said...

Gorgeous tart, my friend!! I too really enjoyed this tart but I found it quite rich and after a small piece had to stop :-(

Elle said...

Your tart looks so pretty with the caramel decorations! Thank you so much for hosting and for choosing such a delicious recipe. Your tips for metric measurements and cake flour substitution are a great idea.

Peabody said...

Beautiful job on the tart...way to pick a winner.
Enjoyed this challenge.

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Your caramel shards look beautiful. Thanks for hosting! I had great fun when struggling with the tart :-)

Kelly-Jane said...

Your tart looks gorgoeus :) It was a lovely choice for us all to make, yum!

Mary said...

Thanks to you and Veron for a great recipe this month. I had a great time with it.

lynn said...

Patricia, What a great tart. It looks beautiful and I'm sure it tastes amazing with all those great flavors together. Good job, Daring Baker!

Inne said...

Your tart looks great Patricia - I'm almost regretting not having made the caramel decoration now...
Thanks for choosing this recipe, I loved everything about it.

Karin said...

I know for sure I would like to try this recipe with Daim caramel decorations on top. However, the tarte would be a trial, and perhaps an error test. It's tricky. People around the world having different ingredients, different pans, different flours etc...

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Patricia, Thank you for the challenge. It was a great one! Big hit with the children today. Also pleased to see your caramel was darker (as mine was too). I was starting to think I'd done something wrong. Your crust looks really neat too.

Lydia said...

As always, it's such fun to read of the adventures of the Daring Bakers. You and Veron selected a wonderful recipe, one I might actually maybe someday consider trying to make!

steph said...

lokks great! thanks for co-hosting...i had a great time with this one!

Anh said...

Oh Pat, I agree that this tart is to die for! I really love it. :) Thanks for choosing an excellent theme.

Ivonne said...

Thank you so much for hosting with Veronica! The tart was delicious and so elegant and definitely worth it!

Kevin said...

This looks really decadent. The Caramel Fragments look good, like pieces of stained glass. The Daring Bakers challenges sound fun and challenging.

Hilda said...

I didn't even think of laying the caramel fragments out like that. I love how your caramel hardened to the proper consistency. Perhaps if I make it again I'll use the wet method to make my caramel.

Cusinero Ge said...

Your tart looks so good... and I like the effect of the caramel shards.

Barbara said...

Wonderful tart Patricia. It was a bit too sweet for me but my family loved it. Thank you to you and Veronica for hosting.

Belinda said...

What an absolutely stunningly beautiful tart, Patricia! It looks wonderful, and I truly love the citrine colored shards of caramel on top...gorgeous! :-)

Amy said...

Your tart is gorgeous! The caramel pieces are lovely. I loved the crunch the caramel sugar added too.

KJ said...

A gorgeous tart. Thanks for choosing a great challenge. It was a lot of fun.

Pat said...

Patricia, that pie looks really yummy!!! I have awarded you the Nice Matters award over on my blog. Also have posted a thanks for the cannelloni recipe you did a few days ago. I posted my meat version. Thanks!!!! It was delicious!!!

Jeanne said...

Oh WOW! That tart looks amazing - I am in awe of the daring bakers, I must say. You had me at "chocolate chortbread pastry" :)

Kristen said...

One of my favorite flavor combo's! This looks incredible.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Butta Buns, I think you can join the group for the September challenge!

Lia, thank you!

Veron, it was a huge honor, sweetie! I thank you!

Kelly, I'm so glad to hear that!

Slush, I'm glad you liked it, especially being your first challenge!

Dharm, you are far too kind, my friend! What an honor to have you on the group!

Pille, your take on the recipe was fabulous, and thank you for sharing your opinion with us!

Everything 4 Sweets, thank you, sweetie!

Deb, it was for me too and I was even more worried for being the co-host. :)

Anita, you are so lovely, thank you!
xoxo

Leslie, it's OK! As long as we continue learning something from the challenges, it's fine!
Thank you!

Terry, I was surprised by this but in a good way. It's just when I saw the recipe and the words "milk chocolate" and "caramel" the word "rich" kept ringing on my head. :)

Anne, tks! Coming from an artist like you, this is quite a compliment!

Ilva, I like that name! :)

Hillary, thank you! I'm glad you stopped by to check it out!

Bri, you did a fantastic job too, sweetie - but no surprise there!

Marce, thank you, my dear friend.

Hannah, tks, darling! I'm glad that most of the DBs liked the challenge.

Cooking Ninja, I kept adding bits and more bits... :)

Pastry Princess, thank you!

Lis, my dear friend, you are far too kind!
xoxo

Jen, I was so excited to use it for the first time, and it was a lovely way to start!
I love your modern art sugar decoration. ;)

Helen, dear, I couldn't wait to see your version of this recipe. :)

Sher, your tarts looked beautiful and you had your hands full, sweetie! Tks for participating!

Chrystel, I'm sorry, but I don't understand everything you wrote.
Merci!

Syrie, tks, sweetie!

Baking Soda, I love the comparison you made here - diamonds, oh my! :)
Thank you, dear!

Meeta, I didn't have much either - I think I gained 5 pounds just by looking at it! :)

Elle, thank you, sweetie! I'm glad things worked out even with the measurement issues.

Peabody, thank you - I'm glad to hear that.

Dagmar, gotta check your post!

Kelly-Jane, I'm glad you feel this way!

Mary, you did a wonderful job - as usual!

Lynn, thank you! I think you should join us sometime. ;)

Inne, thank you for your lovely words.

Karin, but that's one of the nice things about the DBs - we have to handle all those differences.
I don't even have cake flour here in Brazil. :(

Amanda, gotta check your tart, sweetie! I'm glad to hear the kids enjoyed it.
I have been making caramel since I was 13, so that is not an issue for me. And I always make it dark, but carefully not to burn it - it gets so bitter!

Lydia, you should!

Steph, great to hear that.

Anh, your photos are STUNNING!!

Ivonne, I loved it that you used white chocolate, too. :)

Kevin, they are! The group is wonderful.

Hilda, I used the dry method - it the only one I have ever used.

Ge, I loved your tart!

Barbara, I'm so happy that you are part of the group.

Belinda, thank you!

Amy, I'm off to see yours!

KJ, I liked making it, too, tks!

Pat, thank you for being such a dear! I'm honored!

Jeanne, the group is full of talented people!

Thank you all for your comments, I really appreciate it!

Rose said...

- My dear Patricia, if it wasn't for you and Veronica, I don'y think I would ever tried baking with milk chocolate and caramel. Thanks for this challenge and your tart looks perfect.

Julie said...

Looks good Patricia, the crackly caramel topping reminds me of creme` brulee.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

All that shattered caramel on tops represents my will power to resist the caramel.
Thanks for not resisting this one Patricia, it is a lovely tart and yours is gorgeous.

Sara said...

You two chose very well for the challenge! I won't make it again, but I am happy that I gave it a try.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Thanks for hosting Patricia!
Yours looks wonderful!

Jenny said...

I often use that substitution for cake flour just so I don't have to buy any at the store. This time I already had some though.

Nice job!

valentina said...

Pat, you and Veron made a great choice. As I only made the base I can only commnet on it.it was great. I love cinamon and just adored its beautiful scent. I love the way you presented yours - really beautiful.Mouth watering!!

Nora B. said...

Hi Patricia, did you have fun hosting this month's DB challenge? Eva and I are thinking of joining DB when she gets back from Germany. Your tart looks so tempting. I like the caramel bits on top. Have a lovely weekend.

Aoife said...

Pretty pictures! You're so ingenious to come up with a cake flour substitute -- it's such a commitment to the rules. Thanks so much for hosting!

Kirsten said...

Delicious!!! Yours turned out SO good!!!

I REALLY want to try this tart, but don't think I am up for it. Wish there was a daring baker in Arizona. :)

Dayna said...

Stunning and delicious. What an excellent choice you made for the group.

Erika of Sweet Pea blog said...

Hiya. Thanks for leaving a sweet message on my blog! Well done on the Daring Bakers competition. I was speaking to Ivonne of 'Cream Puffs in Venice Blog' and hope to participate in September :)
Erika
www.asweetpea.wordpress.com

marias23 said...

Patricia, thank you so much for hosting the August challenge. I had so much fun (despite some flukes initially). By the way, love your glassy-looking sugar art decorations! Ciao!

nicisme said...

I always admire the Daring Baker Challenges and this tart is just gorgeous!

Quellia said...

Beautiful work Patricia! Thanks for hosting and picking a relatively "simple" recipe. :-)

Figs Olives Wine said...

Patricia, what a fabulous job you did here - I love the way you decided to garnish it, and I love milk chocolate in baking!

Cynthia said...

Hey Patricia, you think your dad might like this?

Your tarts looks yummy.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Rose, my dear friend, I was thrilled with your post!

Julie, thank you!

Tanna, you are far too kind, sweetie!

Sara, I'm glad you did!

Jenn, thank you!

Jenny, it worked fine for me and thank you for letting me know it works fine for you, too!

Tina, you and I are cinnamon lovers, my friend. :)

Nora, I did, loads of fun - I always do, actually. :)
I think the group will be even more talented with you both.

Aoife, Google helped me a lot there! :)

Kirsten, if I lived nearby I'd bake loads of delicious things for you, sweetie!

Dayna, thank you! I'm glad to hear your opinion about the recipe.

Erika, I hope you join us!

Maria, I loved reading your post, sweetie! Ciao!

Nicisme, thank you, dear!

Quellia, thank you!

Amanda, I kept adding more and more caramel... Almost went too far. :)

Cynthia, he's not into chocolate, but he would certainly love the caramel filling.

Karin said...

Patricia: I baked some bread (a blog recipe) the other night. I have no idea what the difference between all purpose flour, bread flour and cake flour is. Another problem is weight and measurement when it comes to cups and pounds. The bread was nearly as hard as stone. My husband and I are lucky to have our own teeth. So, I suppose we´ll manage to chew this bread. Somehow:)

Celine said...

it looks incredible! congrats, Patricia.

Chris said...

Thanks for a great challenge!!! Your tart looks lovely!

Julie said...

I'm a big fan of caramel and it's so delicious paired with chocolate that I'm sure this tart must have been marvelous. It certainly looks marvelous1

wmpe said...

Thanks for the great challenge! I enjoyed making this tart and it tasted great. I used the metric too after I double checked the cup measure against the weight measure and found it to be way off. I wish in the US recipes would use the grams. Your tart looks wonderful. Wendy

eatme_delicious said...

Yum I love the little caramel fragments on top. Your tart looks delicious!

Andrea said...

Your tart looks so pretty! Thanks for choosing such a delicious challenge for us!!

Dolores said...

Thank you for the time and effort you put into hosting this challenge. It's a gorgeous dessert and it clearly stretched people's boundaries. Looking forward to trying it myself this week.

breadchick said...

Patricia, you did such a lovely job hosting AND your tart is fantastic looking!! YEA!!! Great job!!!

Carmellina said...

I made your tart. It's delicious! I'm very impressed of your blog and recipes. I'm from Poland so my english isn't great, but I love your blog :)


Thanks a lot, Carmellina

Patricia Scarpin said...

Dear Carmellina, thank you for letting me know about the tart - and I'm glad to know you're enjoying the blog!

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