Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

This chocolate caramel tart is absolutely amazing. A buttery almond crust, gooey salted caramel and bittersweet chocolate ganache, all garnished with salted crystals. Chocolaty, rich and buttery, I fell in love with it from the first bite. Love the salt crystals as they don't melt immediately and let your taste buds experience the sweet, the salty and the bitter in the same time.
This chocolate caramel tart is absolutely amazing. A buttery almond crust, gooey salted caramel and bittersweet chocolate ganache, all garnished with salted crystals. Chocolaty, rich and buttery, I fell in love with it from the first bite. Love the salt crystals as they don't melt immediately and let your taste buds experience the sweet, the salty and the bitter in the same time.

Ingredients 
Almond Chocolate Sweet Pastry
  • 1 1/4 cups (160g) flour
  • 1/4 cup (30g) ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (110 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small (1/2-inch) cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tbsp ice water

Caramel
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) heavy cream
  • 5 tbsp (70 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) heavy cream
  • 4 oz (120g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Garnish
  • sea salt crystals

Directions
  1. Prepare the sweet pastry. In a large bowl mix flour with ground almonds, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. 
  2. Chocolate Caramel Tart step 1Chocolate Caramel Tart step 2Chocolate Caramel Tart step 3Chocolate Caramel Tart step 4 Incorporate butter to the flour mixture, using a pastry blender, a fork or a pastry processor, until crumbs are formed. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix them in. Add water and incorporate into the dough. Wrap it with plastic, knead slowly to form a disc and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  3. Chocolate Caramel Tart step 5Chocolate Caramel Tart step 6Chocolate Caramel Tart step 7Chocolate Caramel Tart step 8Chocolate Caramel Tart step 9Chocolate Caramel Tart step 10 On o floured surface or over the plastic wrap roll the dough to a circle with about 1 1/2 inches larger than your tart pan. Lift up the rolled dough and place it on a greased 9 inch tart pan. Remove the edges and refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking.
  4. Chocolate Caramel Tart step 11Chocolate Caramel Tart step 12Chocolate Caramel Tart step 13Chocolate Caramel Tart step 14Chocolate Caramel Tart step 15Chocolate Caramel Tart step 16 Prick the dough with a fork, line a parchment paper over the dough. Fill with dry beans, rice or pie weights.
  5. Chocolate Caramel Tart step 17Chocolate Caramel Tart step 18 Bake for 15 minutes in preheated 350 F (180C) oven. Remove the weights and the parchment paper. Return to oven for another 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from the tart pan.
  6. Chocolate Caramel Tart step 19Chocolate Caramel Tart step 20 Prepare the caramel.  Place the sugar and water in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook without stirring until sugar dissolves and gets a caramel color.
  7. Chocolate Caramel Tart step 21Chocolate Caramel Tart step 22 Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream. It will bubble a little bit.