Gluten Free Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tarts

Decadent and rich are two words that I would use to describe these Gluten Free Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tarts. Sharing a tart with your love is the perfect way to end a special dinner.

Gluten Free Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tarts from The Baking Beauties

 

Sometimes I get an idea for a recipe in my head, and there is just no way to shake it but get into the kitchen and give it a try. That is exactly what happened with this recipe. I tried to forget it, tried to shove it to the back corner, but it kept popping up. A nutty crust, topped with salted caramel, and then a rich, deep, dark chocolate ganache over top, with a tiny sprinkle of salt, just to cut the sweetness a bit. I had bought some 4-inch tart pans a while back, but rarely use them. I decided that for a special treat, I would put those 4-inch pans to use, and make this idea a reality. One 4-inch tart is enough for two people to share after a wonderful dinner, or you could indulge and enjoy it all yourself with a strong cup of coffee. Either way, I think you will enjoy these Gluten Free Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tarts.

Gluten Free Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tarts
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Yields Four 4-inch tarts The salted caramel sauce is adapted from Brown Eyed Baker. I love this caramel sauce, it is so easy to make, and tastes amazing on ice cream or desserts.
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 Tablespoons potato starch
  • 1 Tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Chocolate Ganache Filling
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder (optional, adds great flavour to chocolate though)
Instructions
Crust
  1. Unless your tart pans are non-stick, lightly grease them. Place all the tart pans on a baking sheet with sides.
  2. Place all ingredients except the butter and water into a food processor. Pulse to mix.
  3. Add butter and pulse until the mixture resembles sand. Add the water, and pulse again, and the mixture should come together nicely.
  4. Press dough into four 4-inch tart pans with removable bottoms.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to chill the butter. (this is a great time to start on the salted caramel sauce and chop the chocolate)
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Bake tart shells in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and press crust down with the back of a spoon if necessary. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then fill immediately.
Salted Caramel Sauce
  1. In a medium-size, heavy-bottom sauce pan, melt the sugar over medium-high heat. Stir with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to ensure the sugar melts evenly. Be careful, melted sugar is extremely hot.
  2. Heat until the sugar until it reaches 350 degrees F on an instant-read candy thermometer, or until it has reached a nice amber colour. This part may take some trial & error, if you heat it too long, it will have a nasty burnt taste. You want it to just reach a brownish-red colour. Note: When adding the remaining ingredients to the hot melted sugar, the mixture will bubble up and boil. Be prepared.
  3. Remove from heat and carefully add the butter all at once, and whisk until it is fully incorporated.
  4. Add the heavy cream and stir until the sauce becomes nice and smooth.
  5. Add the vanilla and salt. Transfer to a heat-proof bowl and let cool for 10 minutes before dividing it evenly between the 4 tart shells.
Chocolate Ganache Filling
  1. Place chocolate and butter in a heat-proof bowl.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat heavy cream, granulated sugar, salt, and espresso powder until small bubbles begin to appear around the outside of the sauce pan.
  3. Pour hot cream mixture over the chocolate and butter, and allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir the chocolate and cream together, until it is a smooth consistency and the chocolate is completely melted.
  5. Divide the ganache between the four tarts.
  6. Refrigerate tarts for 1 1/2 hours before serving. This will allow the caramel to thicken, and the ganache to set up.
  7. Sprinkle the top with a few flakes of sea salt before serving.
Notes
The complete tarts can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

 

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18 Responses to Gluten Free Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tarts

  1. Terris | Free Eats February 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    This looks dreamy Jeanine! I’m going to be driven to distraction this afternoon thinking about chocolate and caramel! :)

    • Jeanine February 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      haha, chocolate & caramel are hard to ignore! Sometimes, you just have to give in. :)

  2. Susan Taylor February 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Jeanine, I already have salted Carmel that I made from another recipe, could I use that? Also I only have Jules GF flour that I use. Could I just use that instead for all the other flours?

    • Jeanine February 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Absolutely, Susan! Both of those subs would work perfectly! :)

  3. Carol February 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    These sounds amazing. I’m drooling looking at the pictures! I am gonna use better batter to make these. Thanks for all your wonderful recipies!

    • Jill Anderson February 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      Sounds amazing! But I do not have small tart shells. Any suggestions as to what I can use instead?

      • Jeanine March 6, 2013 at 7:58 am #

        Hmm…good question, Jill. I’m not sure, I think a 9″ would be too big, but if you could find a 6-7″ pan, it would work to make one larger tart.

  4. Amy Smedley February 28, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    The crust sounds great to use in other tart center recipes. A good basic crust! Thanks for the recipe. I’m new at gluten free.
    Amy – FL USA

    • Jeanine March 6, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      This crust would be great with a lot of things, and you could change up the nuts to go with the different fillings too.

  5. Lauren Kelly February 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    These look absolutely amazing Jeanine!!

  6. Sanna March 1, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    These tarts look heavenly! I’d love to have a bite now!

  7. Paula March 4, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    These look delicious. Glad you got this recipe *out of your head*. It really should be shared :)

    • Jeanine March 6, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      lol, sometimes, you just have to get them out, or they’ll keep bugging you. :)

  8. Miranda March 9, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    These look and sound Ahhh-MAZING!!!!

  9. Margherita@lapetitecasserole February 27, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    Hi Jeanine! I’ve just found your blog… it’s great! and these salted caramel tarts??? what a dream! I love salted caramel…. I look forward to read about next recipes!

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