Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Daring Bakers August Challenge - Milk Chocolate & Caramel Tart

Another month has come to a close which signals that a new Daring Bakers challenge has been completed. This month our feature presentation was a Milk Chocolate Caramel Tart chosen by Veronica of Veronica's Test Kitchen and Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen. I was quite excited to try it out since milk chocolate and caramel are two of my favourite flavours.

The tart consists of three elements - a hazelnut/chocolate crust, caramel filling and milk chocolate mousse topping. All three parts are easy enough to produce on their own. The dough rolled out beautifully for me and did not puff up at all when it was blind-baked. The caramel was fun to make as well and this time I didn't look away at all and the result was a beautiful golden butterscotch colour with taste to match. The mousse was a breeze as well and only required folding together melted milk chocolate and whipped cream.

As I assembled the tart, I realized my caramel was runny and it did not set up overnight. It was a fantastic consistency for pouring over ice cream or dipping strawberries but not for a tart filling. Once it was cut, the caramel oozed out so there are no cut pictures to show.

Despite the flowing caramel, I really enjoyed the flavour of the tart. The crust added a crunch to the smooth caramel and fluffy mousse. I'm not sure if I'd make it again but now I know that I would really like to get myself a proper tart pan! To serve the tart, I just spooned the caramel over the slices when I served them. It's a big sweet tart so hopefully you'll have plenty of people to share it with.

To see the beautiful creations made by other Daring Bakers please go here. To see the complete recipe, check out Veronica's post here or Patricia's post here.

31 comments:

Baking Soda said...

That first photo shows beauty dribbles of caramel, lovely! Challenge well done!

Deborah said...

Mine was runny as well. Your finished tart looks wonderful, though!

Mary said...

I didn't have the correct size tart pan either. So my tart ended up a bit tall too since I used a springform. I totally agree that it took a lot of people to eat this tart.

Ivonne said...

Your tart looks amazing! The idea of runny caramel is so divine to me. I love the cake stand too!

Anh said...

I love how you have drizzled the caramel on top. Very beautiful!

Aoife said...

Did you use a springform pan? It looks great!

Tartelette said...

Looks divine from the first picture! I wish I had a runny caramel, slthough difficult to photograph it sounds quite divine!

Anne said...

Beautiful! who could actually resist this ;) loved the drizzled effect:)

Brilynn said...

Who doesn't love oozy caramel?

Katie said...

Love the way you have drizzled over the topping. I also really like the look of your thick tart shell. I found i liked quite a bit of pastry with my soft filling, yours looks yummy.

KJ said...

oozy caramel is good caramel. If you enjoyed making it and enjoyed making it, it's a winner.

Dharm said...

The tart looks so decadent. Well done and there's nothing wrong with runny caramel.. makes it all the more delicious!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I'm feeling like we're possibly a little greedy in this house. It took 2 adults and 4 children to put a huge dent in the cake and then 1 adult and 2 children to polish it off this morning.... eeek! Well done your tart looks beautiful.

Belinda said...

I've been enjoying reading all of the DB posts, and it seems like the consistency of everyone's caramel component varied a bit...and I think they all look beautiful, whether more gooey and typically caramely, or more set up and caramel custard-like in consistency. How can you go wrong really with caramel?! :-)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Jen, I'm sorry to hear your caramel filling didn't set - your tart looks decadently delicious, though!

Sara said...

I think that my being so paranoid saved me from runny caramel. I left it in the oven for twice the baking time and it was still quite soft. Your cake stand is stunning, btw.

Jenny said...

Looks decadent to me!

Lis said...

I'm all for the gooey caramel! Mine did the same thing.. I want to make it again and bake it longer.. although I really did like the oozing. ;)

Beautiful tart, I love your decoration on it too!

xoxo

Peabody said...

I too had the runny caramel...it seems like several of us did.
Excellent job.

Quellia said...

Is gooey caramel a bad thing? I've never thought so!
Nicely done!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Love the chocolate crossing.
Great tart.

Elle said...

Such an elegant looking tart, and you are so smart to just spoon the caramel over the slice when serving...that gooey caramel is great, isn't it?

Jen the Bread Freak said...

I love your criss-crossed caramel over the top of your tart, it's beautiful :).

Amy said...

The gooey caramel sounds delicious!

Jerry said...

Love the design on top! Congrats on completing the challenge.

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wmpe said...

Your tart looks wonderful. I love the chocolate across the top. Your photos of the tart are pretty. Wendy

Andrea said...

Nicely done! I like how you drizzled over the top.

Dolores said...

As I've mentioned to the others so afflicted, I'm rather fond of oozy caramel. It just screams "eat me... enjoy me..." :)

breadchick said...

I wish my caramel would have oozed. I like the idea of spooning it over the slice. Great job!!

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