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.