Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

12 servings


45 minutes

active time

1 hour 35 minutes

total time


185g plain flour/all purpose flour

30g cocoa powder

40g caster sugar

1/4tsp salt

120g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes and frozen for 30 minutes

60g cold milk of choice

200g caster sugar

60g unsalted butter,

350ml double cream/heavy cream

1tsp vanilla bean paste/extract

1tsp salt

250g dark chocolate, or your favourite chocolate bar (roughly chopped)

300ml double cream/heavy cream

Cocoa powder for dusting

Flaky sea salt


Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar to a food processor. You can also do this without a food processor if you wanted to, just mix it all in a bowl. If using a food processor, give it a quick blitz to get everything well mixed

Then add in the cold cubes of butter (I place the cubes of butter in the freezer for 30 minutes beforehand to ensure they're completely cold)

Blitz till the butter is well incorporated throughout. Either a sandy texture or small lumps of butter throughout is what we're aiming for. If mixing by hand, use a pastry blender or fork

Next add in the cold milk and pulse/mix briefly until incorporated. You'll know it's done when the dough is cohesive and holding together

Turn the pastry dough out onto the counter. Gather and press the dough together to form a cohesive dough, then flatten into a disc. Try and avoid kneading here as we don't want to develop the gluten

Wrap the disc tightly in baking paper or cling film and refrigerate for at least 3 hours

After the dough has chilled, flour the counter as well as both sides of the dough

Start rolling out the dough from the midpoint down (in one direction), rotate the dough and repeat. Keep rotating and rolling in one direction to avoid cracks forming

The dough should be no thinner than 3mm and should be about 2 inches larger than the tart tin (we're using a 10" tart tin)

Flour the dough and your rolling pin, and roll the dough around the rolling pin. Then carefully unroll the dough over your tart tin. Try and line this up well so that the dough is already roughly in place

Gently press the dough into the crevices and trim off the excess with a sharp knife. Trim off away from the tin to ensure a clean cut.

Brush off any excess flour then dock all over with a fork. Cover with baking paper or clingfilm and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes (this will reduce shrinkage post baking)

Pre-heat your oven to 170'C (fan)/190'C (conventional) - 340'F/375'F

Then place the tart tin onto a larger baking tray, this will help with placing it into the oven and taking it out as tart tins can be fiddly. Scrunch up some baking paper and place on top (the scrunching helps it to get into all the corners), followed by some baking beans/dried beans/dried rice to weight it down (this is called blind baking)

Place the tart shell into the oven to bake for 20 minutes. After this remove the paper and rice, and place the pastry back into the oven to bake for another 15 minutes. The paper and rice/beans should lift off with ease without any sticking - if it sticks then the pastry is underbaked. Place back into the oven for another 5 minutes and then try to remove the paper and rice. Keep the rice/beans in a separate container and reuse for future blind baking needs

Once the tart shell has baked, allow to cool for 15 minutes in the tin before carefully removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, place back into the tin for the next steps

For the caramel, start by melting the sugar in a saucepan over a medium-low heat. Avoid metal utensils here as they can cause the caramel to crystalise. You can however use a silicon spatula to gently move around the sugar to ensure it is all melting evenly

Once the sugar has melted and caramelised, allow it to reach a deep amber colour. And then immediately add in the butter followed by the double cream/heavy cream. It can splatter so just be careful here

Also add in the vanilla bean paste/extract and salt at this stage

Keep whisking and mixing until you're left with a silky, velvety caramel sauce. You may find the caramel seizes and crystalises when adding the cream, keep whisking over a low heat to help it dissolve. You can also place a lid over the saucepan and whisk every 2 minutes until it's fully smooth again. For extra precision (HEAVILY ADVISED), if you have a cooking thermometer take the caramel up to 113'C/235'F

Allow the caramel to cool for just a few minutes, it should still be pourable but just not extortionately hot. Pour over the chocolate pastry shell and allow to come to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate till completely set (about 2-3 hours)

Place the roughly chopped chocolate of choice into a heat resistant bowl and set aside

For the ganache, start by placing the cream on a medium-low to low heat. We just want to see gentle bubbling and steam around the outside. If the cream is too hot, it will cause your ganache to split and turn grainy

Pour the cream over the chocolate

Allow to sit for 1 minute, then slowly start whisking the cream and chocolate together. I find the most effective way is to start whisking in the middle and then slowly start working outwards

Once it looks smooth, switch to a spatula just to make sure everything has been really well incorporated and no chocolate is left stuck to the bowl

Pour the warm ganache over the chilled and set caramel

Immediately tilt the tin around to spread into an even layer - this will start to thicken fairly quickly so work fast here. Then place back into the fridge to set completely

Finish with a dusting of cocoa powder and flaky sea salt right before serving


Serving Size




Total Fat

42 g

Saturated Fat

26 g

Unsaturated Fat

13 g

Trans Fat

1 g


103 mg


319 mg

Total Carbohydrate

58 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Total Sugars

34 g


7 g

12 servings


45 minutes

active time

1 hour 35 minutes

total time
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