This week's TWD was chosen by Carla of Chocolate Moosey: chocolate-crunched caramel tart! This dessert consists of a tart shell filled first with a layer of caramel studded with peanuts and then topped with a dark chocolate ganache. I'm not a fan of bittersweet chocolate so I knew I wouldn't eat much of the tart, but it was my step-dad's 60th birthday yesterday so I made plans for my mom to pick up the tart and bring it home for him!
The recipe isn't complicated but since there are several components it is a bit time consuming and it dirtied a TON of dishes. My kitchen wasn't clean to begin with, but after I finished the tart it looked like a tornado had ripped through! The only scary part for me was the caramel - even though I've made it a few times successfully I've had enough failures to intimidate me. Fortunately, Dorie's instructions were fantastic and I didn't have any issues. Dorie's recipe starts with only sugar in the pan and melts it a little at a time before adding corn syrup, butter and cream. Most of the other recipes I've seen to make caramel start with sugar and water in the pan and I have to say I much preferred Dorie's method.
Though I didn't try the tart, I snuck a few tastes of the caramel and it was dangerously good!! I called my mom last night to see what they thought of the tart and it was a hit! They both said it was perhaps a bit sweet but that was their only complaint. Thanks to Carla for hosting this week's recipe! You can find the recipe here and if you'd like to see how the other tarts turned out, check out the TWD site.