Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie - Chocolate-Crunched Caramel Tart

Okay, so I had every intention of baking this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe which was traditional Madeleines. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I was unable to locate a Madeleine pan in time. Its funny, because its one of those items I'm sure I've seen a hundred times when out shopping, but the minute I need one they were no where in site!!!

So, instead I baked the Chocolate-Crunched Caramel Tart. This is a nice little tart with a caramel base (loaded with candied peanuts) and a ganached topping in a sweet pastry crust. I should have known I would be in trouble when I read the words "...contents may smoke. This is normal...". I've never made caramel from scratch before and I definately need more practise, but it was an interesting experience.

I had no luck with the sweet pastry recipe found in the book. She uses a food processor to make it and mine came out clumpy and I know it would be tough and not tender so into the garbage it went. I used a tried and true recipe and mixed it by hand with a pastry blender...ah...much better.

Overall, the tart got good reviews. Despite the ingredients it was not overwhelmingly sweet. The bittersweet chocolate and the crunchy caramel layer seemed to be a nice balance for each other. It was, however, extremely rich and we could only manage the thinnest sliver of tart in a single sitting.
Check out the rest of the Tuesday bakers at Tuesdays with Dorie.


Aardvark Cakes said...

Looks really yummy! I couldn't find a madeleine tin anywhere either but am sure I've walked past them a million times! Hx

Jayne said...

Ooh, that looks delicious!

LyB said...

That looks sinfully delicious!