Chocolate Caramel Tart

    Chocolate Caramel Tart

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    About this recipe: This delicious and elegant dessert is a little time intensive but it's well worth the effort.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 14 

    • Base/Crust
    • 350g plain flour
    • 75g icing sugar
    • 125g unsalted butter
    • 2 medium eggs
    • Caramel
    • 45g honey
    • 275g caster sugar
    • 150ml cream
    • 1 level tsp rock salt
    • 25g unsalted butter
    • Topping
    • 400ml cream
    • 3 tablespoons clear honey
    • 350g dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids, chopped
    • 175g unsalted butter, diced

    Directions
    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:4hr35min  ›  Ready in:6hr 

    1. To make the crust, sift together the flour and the icing sugar and cut the butter into chunks. Place in a food processor and process, adding in the eggs at the end, untill a dough forms. Roll out the pastry using quite a lot of flour as it can easily stick. Use to line a 29cm loose bottomed tart tin. Make sure it reaches high up the sides as sweet pastry shrinks. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
    3. Bake the pastry by lining it with foil and filling it with dried beans and cooking for about 15-20 minutes.
    4. Remove the beans and the paper and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool.
    5. To make the caramel, pour the honey into a large pan (mixture will increase in volume) and bring to boil. Gradually add the sugar, stir and continue to cook until sugar has started to caramelise and brown.
    6. At the same time, in a separate pan, bring the cream and salt to boil. Remove the caramel from the heat and very carefully add the cream to the caramel - be carefull as mixture can rise rapidly!
    7. Stir carefully over a low heat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Remove from the heat, add the diced butter and stir before pouring into cooled pastry.
    8. To make the topping, bring the cream and honey just to the boil and pour over the chopped chocolate. Mix carefully with a spatula working from the centre outwards. Once the mixture is cooled a little add the butter and stir gently until the mixture is smooth. Pour on top of the caramel and leave in a cool place for about 4-6 hours. Enjoy!

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