Chocolate, Salted Caramel And Hazelnut Tarts

Dark chocolate, salted caramel and hazelnut tartlets with chocolate crunch and cremeuxIt feels like an absolute age since I last posted! I don’t think I have ever actually gone this long without posting since I first started the blog… I have to admit that I quite enjoyed being lazy and having a bit of a break from blogging and although I am eager to get back into it I am finding it a little difficult to get back into the swing of things! I do have a cracker of a recipe for you today to start me off and ease me back into it though. Chocolate, salted caramel and hazelnut tarts filled with hazelnut salted caramel, chocolate crunch and dark chocolate cremeuxI made these chocolate, salted caramel and hazelnut tarts for dessert at the weekend, but they were so good that I couldn’t resist scoffing another one at lunch the following day; they certainly didn’t last long! My timing turned out to be perfect for this one as I just found out today that it is apparently National Chocolate Week this week! It wasn’t planned at all (I didn’t know that national chocolate week was even a thing…), but it is nice to coincidentally be posting a chocolate recipe. Chocolate, salted caramel and hazelnut tartsI adapted these tarts from a combination of both Patisserie Made Simple by Edd Kimber and Patisserie by William and Suzue Curley, both of which are absolutely fantastic books which I highly recommend. The tarts consist of a sweet shortcrust pastry base, topped with a layer of toasted hazelnut salted caramel, then a chocolate crunch layer and finally a layer of chocolate crémeux, finished with a dusting of cocoa powder and a drizzle of salted caramel. It may seem like a lot of components and I wont lie, it did take me a while (not helped by the fact that I also made my own feuilletine), but each individual component isn’t overly difficult and you can make the tart cases and salted caramel sauce a day in advance if you prefer, and the tarts can be finished and assembled early on in the day before serving, or even the evening before; just store them in an airtight container, room temperature is fine unless it is very warm. Chocolate, salted caramel and hazelnut tartletsThe chocolate crunch layer is very simple but really delicious, like a grown-up version of chocolate cornflake treats. You can use crushed waffle cones (or even cornflakes), though I do recommend trying feuilletine, which are brittle, crispy flakes with a buttery, caramelised flavour; they are very addictive and all to easy to eat by the handful… You can buy them, or make them yourself using this recipe, though I recommend making just a half batch as it does make quite a lot! They do keep well in an airtight container though and are brilliant to have to hand for sprinkling over ice cream, adding some crunch to desserts or merely munching by the handful… The chocolate crémeux is basically a ganache made with crème anglaise (custard), it is incredibly smooth and silky, but a little less rich than ganache (so you can eat more of it); using a good quality dark chocolate makes all the difference here, I used Lindt 70%. The smooth crémeux contrasts really well against the crisp pastry and crunchy hazelnuts and chocolate crunch; all of these flavours and textures combine to make a truly delectable and indulgent dessert that is most definitely worth the effort! (and calories…) Sweet shortcrust pastry tartlets filled with toasted hazelnut salted caramel, chocolate crunch and dark chocolate cremeux

Chocolate, Salted Caramel And Hazelnut Tarts
 
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Makes: 6
Ingredients
Pastry
  • 200g (1 + ⅔ cup) plain flour
  • 20g (3 tbsp) ground hazelnuts or almonds
  • 40g (1/3 cup) icing (powdered) sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 125g (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • approx 1 tsp ice water
Hazelnut Salted Caramel
  • 125g (4.5 oz) hazelnuts
  • 225g (1 cup + 2tbsp) caster sugar
  • 25ml (1.5 tbsp) water
  • 180ml (3/4 cup) whipping cream
  • 15g (1 tbsp) butter
  • ⅓ tsp flaky sea salt
Chocolate Crunch Layer
  • 80g (3 oz) waffle cones, crushed into small pieces or feuilletine
  • 100g (3.5 oz) milk chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt)
Chocolate Cremeux
  • 125g (4.5 oz) dark chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt 70%)
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) full fat milk
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 45g egg yolks (about 2 large/3 small)
  • 25g (2 tbsp) caster sugar
  • 15g (1 tbsp) butter
  • cocoa powder for dusting
Instructions
  1. To make the pastry, place the flour, ground nuts, icing sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and vanilla bean paste and blitz until it forms fine crumbs. Add the egg yolk and pulse until the pastry comes together, adding the tsp of ice water if needed; do not overmix. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead very lightly just until it is smooth; form into a thick log, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. Slice the chilled log into 6 even pieces, roll each one out on a lightly floured surface until it is large enough to line an 8-10cm deep tart tin. Line the tins, pressing the pastry right into the corners and leaving any excess pastry overhanging. Place the tins on a baking tray then chill in the fridge for 30 mins or so.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Line each tart case with a piece of baking parchment and fill with baking beans or dried rice, making sure that it goes right into the corners. Bake for 15 minutes then remove the baking beans and parchment and return the tarts to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden and baked through.
  4. Leave the tarts to cool a little in the tins then carefully trim off the excess pastry with a very sharp serrated knife. Remove the tarts from the tins and set aside.
  5. For the hazelnut salted caramel layer, place the hazelnuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes until the skins have darkened and the nuts are golden. Tip them out onto a clean teatowel and rub them vigorously with the towel, the skins should flake off but don't worry if you can't get rid of all of the skin. Roughly chop the nuts and set aside.
  6. Place the sugar and water in a deep, wide, heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat, swirling the pan (don't stir it), until the sugar has melted and turned a rich golden brown; meanwhile, heat the cream, butter and salt together in a small pan until hot but not boiling. As soon as the sugar has turned golden, quickly remove it from the heat and pour in the cream, it will bubble up violently so be careful.
  7. Once the bubbling has subsided, stir until smooth; you may need to return the pan to a low heat for a couple of minutes if there are any lumps of caramel. Set aside one third of the caramel for drizzling over the finished tarts and stir the chopped nuts into the rest. Allow to cool a little then divide it between the tart cases and place them in the fridge until the caramel has set.
  8. For the chocolate crunch layer, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water (don't let the base of the bowl touch the water), or in short bursts in the microwave. Stir in the crushed waffle cones or feuilletine until they are fully coated in chocolate. Divide the mixture between the tarts, spreading it out into an even layer, return to the fridge until set.
  9. To make the chocolate cremeux, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Put the milk, cream and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale. Gradually pour the hot cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly so that the yolks don't curdle.
  10. Return the pan to a low heat and stir constantly until it coats the back of a spoon (82-84C/180-183F). Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve onto the chocolate, mix until smooth then add the butter and stir until melted.
  11. At this point you can either allow the cremeux to cool then pour some onto each tart while it is still fairly runny and spread until it is smooth, or you can do as I did and place it in the fridge until it has become firm enough to pipe (keep an eye on it, you don't want it to become too firm) then transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a large, plain nozzle and pipe dollops of it on top of each tart.
  12. Allow the tarts to come up to room temperature before serving, then dust with a little cocoa powder and drizzle with the remaining salted caramel sauce.
Notes
1. You will need six 8-10cm deep round tart tins.
Adapted from Patisserie Made Simple by Edd Kimber

 Sweet shortcrust pastry tarts filled with hazelnut salted caramel, chocolate feuilletine and dark chocolate cremeuxI am sharing these with Bake Of The Week, Fabulous Foodie Fridays, Fiesta Friday, Foodie FriDIY, Foodie Friends Friday, Friday Favourites and Friday Features Tasty Tuesdays on HonestMum.com

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32 Comments on Chocolate, Salted Caramel And Hazelnut Tarts

  1. lucyparissi
    October 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm (2 years ago)

    This is just everything I love in one beautifully decadent package. My salted caramel obsession shows no signs of dissipating. Pinned!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy, it is impossible to have enough salted caramel, and seeing as my most viewed posts are all salted caramel based, the world agrees! x

      Reply
  2. Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect
    October 13, 2015 at 7:49 am (2 years ago)

    This looks fantastic Hannah and you’ve been inspired by two of my favourite books too! Happy National Chocolate Week – oh yes it’s very much a thing (thank goodness).

    Beautiful job on these and from the look of the techniques you used, they sound like they would be so tasty!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Angela, I love both books and although I haven’t attempted any of the entremets (yet) I use the base recipes all the time – so handy! x

      Reply
  3. Jennie Cranham
    October 13, 2015 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

    These sound wonderful. I love the sound of all the different elements, especially the salted caramel, and that crunch layer. Delicious!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:58 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jennie 🙂 the crunch layer is amazing, like rice crispies treats with a caramel hint 🙂

      Reply
  4. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen
    October 13, 2015 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

    WOW! These look insanely good, Hannah! The perfect way to celebrate National Chocolate Week (although I would like to eat them every week!! 🙂 x

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:55 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Louise 🙂 I don’t think a week goes by where I don’t eat at least a little bit of chocolate… x

      Reply
  5. vikalinkafood
    October 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    These tarts are unbelievable, Hannah! I absolutely love the moodiness of your shots too. I can only imagine how delicious these treats are!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:54 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julia, I only wish I could take moody photos as good as yours, you’re a pro! x

      Reply
  6. Belinda @bindybee
    October 15, 2015 at 10:23 am (2 years ago)

    Wow!! This looks amazing! I love salted caramel and chocolate. I love your photography too. Looks great:)

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:53 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  7. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    October 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I think these tarts are the perfect way to ease back into blogging – and what perfect timing with chocolate week too! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, have a great weekend 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:53 am (2 years ago)

      They were a cracker to come back with! And my timing was unintentionally perfect 🙂

      Reply
  8. Sarah
    October 16, 2015 at 8:23 am (2 years ago)

    These tarts look divine! Beautiful photos and I bet they taste even better than they look!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:51 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! And yes they do 🙂

      Reply
  9. Sarah James
    October 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, a perfect chocolate recipe to celebrate chocolate week. I can’t resist salted caramel and chocolate, thanks for sharing Hannah 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah, it is an utterly irresistible combination!

      Reply
  10. The Kiwi Fruit
    October 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG Yummy!!! Wish I could be eating one, or more than one, of these right now 🙂

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

      Haha! They are quite rich so this is one of the very few cases where I will say that one is enough! 😛

      Reply
  11. Kaila
    October 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great tart to bring to the fiesta as you return from your short break. This tart is simply decadent. I love the deep rich chocolatey flavor, and you’re presentation is brilliant as well. Happy FF, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 😀

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:49 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Kaila 🙂

      Reply
  12. skd
    October 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Dark,mysterious and decadent!! My first thoughts when I saw the pics. Wow!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:47 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! That’s what I was aiming for so I’m glad that’s what they made you think!

      Reply
  13. carolinescookingblog
    October 16, 2015 at 9:43 pm (2 years ago)

    These look beautiful (your photos are great) and I love the flavors as well. Delicious!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:46 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Caroline 🙂 they were utterly delicious!

      Reply
  14. love in the kitchen
    October 16, 2015 at 11:55 pm (2 years ago)

    These are such a work of art. What a fantastic contribution to Fiesta Friday. Thanks for bringing them along.
    Lindy – FF co-host!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:45 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lindy!

      Reply
  15. Laura
    October 17, 2015 at 8:20 am (2 years ago)

    Wow! In love witheverything, including your photography. You’ve got everything I adore into one bake 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:45 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Laura! 🙂

      Reply
  16. FrugalHausfrau
    October 20, 2015 at 12:53 am (2 years ago)

    Wow! What an amazing recipe and photos! Welcome back, I’ve been gone a bit myself. I had to laugh a bit because I took some of the first photos I wasn’t actually ashamed of – then I came here and rethought that a bit! 🙂 If only I could make the camera see what I do! You are a source of continuing inspiration, though and I so love your blog!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

      It’s good to have a bit of a break every now and again I think, you can come back refreshed and full of new ideas. My early photos were utterly terrible! I’ve done a lot of practice and research and have improved gradually, I’m still not happy though! Thank you 🙂

      Reply

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