- 75g caster sugar
- 80ml cream
- 1 tbsp butter
- a big pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 125g unsalted butter, chopped.
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 2 tsp Queen Organic Vanilla Bean Paste
- 1 egg yolk
- 1-3 tbsp cold water
- 75g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- 40g unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp caster sugar
To make the caramel, place sugar into a medium heavy-based saucepan with a splash of water. Bring to the boil over a medium heat, without stirring, and cook to an amber colour (about 5-7 minutes).
Remove saucepan from heat and carefully add cream and butter, stirring until combined. Return saucepan to heat and bring to the boil. Add salt then turn off heat and set aside to cool completely.
To make the pastry cases, rub-in or process flour and butter until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add sugar and mix to combine. Add Vanilla Bean Paste, egg yolk and water and combine until mixture comes together. Knead lightly on a floured surface, then wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Take pastry out of the fridge and roll out to 3-4mm thickness. Using a circle cutter, cut out eight, 4 inch (10cm) circles and carefully transfer to a greased muffin tin pan. Press the pastry into the holes firmly, overlapping the edges if needed. Prick the bases a few times with a fork.
Place muffin tray into the freezer for at least 15 minutes, and then bake for 15 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. The freezing should prevent the pastry shells from shrinking in the oven.
While the tart shells are in the oven, melt the chocolate and butter together in a small bowl in the microwave in two to three 30 second bursts, stirring well after each period. Stir the flour into the chocolate mixture.
Whip the eggs and sugar together in a mixer or with handheld beaters until very light and pale, about 5 minutes. Gently fold chocolate mixture into egg mixture until there are no streaks remaining in the batter.
Pour 1-2 tsp of caramel into each tart shell, and then divide the chocolate filling between the shells.
Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the tops of the tarts are matte, and the tarts have only a slight jiggle in the middle of the filling. Leave to cool briefly, before serving warm or hot, with ice cream, cream whipped cream or simply as is!
This lovely recipe and images are by The Sugar Hit. See the original here.