Friday, February 4, 2011

perfect valentine dessert!...

seriously?!?! candy on a cookie crust! a lady in my neighborhood brought me one of these & i was totally obsessed! i love the richness, but that it's not overly sweet. i love the salt on it & the contrast of smooth ganache, chewy caramel & crumbly crust. i think that it truly is the perfect valentine dessert! & it really is simple... i promise!

{ salted chocolate & caramel tart}


1 bag chocolate teddy grahams, blend to crumbs
(will be about 2 1/2 cups crumbs)
3/4 cup butter, melted

combine in a small bowl. mix until all cookie crumbs are moistened with butter. press into standard tart pan. bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until crust looks dry.
set aside to cool.

Caramel filling~

i just use my standard caramel recipe, but only cook to 230 degrees. if you don't have it...
here it is.

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups light corn syrup

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a heavy sauce pan mix milk, sugar, butter, corn syrup & salt. Stir continually over medium heat until reaches bottom of firm ball stage- 230 degrees on candy thermometer. This will take a little while. Be patient!!!

remove from heat & add vanilla. pour onto cooled crust. about 2/3-3/4 full. set aside.

** this recipe makes enough for 2 tarts. or you can pour the rest on to waxed paper & cut into squares & eat:)

{semi-sweet chocolate ganache}

6 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp butter

in a small sauce pan, over medium heat, cook chocolate & cream until smooth & melted. remove from heat. add butter & stir. pour over caramel layer.

chill in fridge at least 45 minutes before cutting. top with kosher salt before serving.
**salt to taste. i like a little more than you might think- not too much though.
i promise though! the salt really makes it so much better!

happy V-day! hope your lovies like this one, i know all mine do!


The Shafer Family said...

Mmm this sounds delicious. I can't wait to try. Thanks for posting.

Contabili Bucuresti said...

Hmm it look so nice. I bet that taste delicious. I will definetly try this recipe.