Nutella Caramel Tart
Yield: 1 9-inch tart
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Tessa's Recipe Rundown...
Taste: Like a candy bar in tart form! The combination of chocolate + caramel + hazelnut is insane!
Texture: The crust is crunchy yet buttery, the caramel is luscious and begins to soften the moment you cut and serve it, and the Nutella filling is a mixture between rich pudding and ganache.
Ease: This definitely takes some time to assemble, but the recipe is only one page long!
Pros: Delightfully sweet and gourmet dessert.
Cons: Should be served as soon as it’s sliced.
Would I make this again? Absolutely!
Photos by Constance Higley.
When you don’t feel paralyzed by all of the endless options available to you, your mind automatically focuses in on the task at hand. When you’re working with just a few possibilities, you have no choice but to be creative.
I actually learned this from my business coach. Some of the world’s top performers intentionally limit the amount of options and choices they encounter in their daily life, with big decisions, and while brainstorming new ideas, to avoid fatiguing their brains.
I find some of my best recipe ideas come from those days when I open my pantry and use only what I have available to me. This particular tart recipe came from one of those days. I was cleaning out my baking equipment and found my tart pan. I realized I hadn’t used it in a while and forced myself to come up with a reason to.
This tart is very rich and sweet. I call it a candy bar in tart form. Each bite is loaded with tons of flavor and texture, so you only need a small piece to feel satisfied. I just love how chic and gourmet a tart can look.
That removeable bottom in the tart pan makes a world of difference in quickly slicing and serving to a hungry group!
This is definitely a dessert to make the day before you plan to serve it. It requires at least 6 hours to set after it’s made. For the cleanest slices, definitely keep chilled until serving. Use a big sharp knife, and if you have the patience run it under hot water and wipe clean between each slice. The caramel will start to seep the longer it sits uncut, but I actually like how it looks. It gives you palate a sense of the rich sweetness that’s about to happen!
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Nutella Caramel Tart
Nutella Caramel Tart features a chocolate graham cracker crust, a layer of hidden homemade salted caramel, and a rich Nutella fudge filling. Pure bliss!
For the crust
- 9 full size (142 grams) chocolate graham crackers
- 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter, melted
For the caramel
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (DON'T LEAVE OUT!)
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
For the Nutella filling
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 cup Nutella
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Make the crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the crackers, sugar, and salt until finely ground. Pour in the butter and pulse until evenly moistened. Pour the crust into a 9-inch tart pan with a removeable bottom. Press the crust into the bottom and sides of the pan.
Bake for 7 minutes, or until fragrant. Allow to cool.
Make the caramel:
In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, add the sugar and water. Turn heat to medium high and cook without stirring until the sugar dissolves and turns a medium amber color, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Carefully whisk in the heavy cream, butter, and sour cream (the mixture will bubble up). Add in the salt and whisk until combined.
Pour into tart shell and allow to cool in the fridge while you make the Nutella filling.
Make the Nutella filling:
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch and a few tablespoons of the heavy cream to form a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the remaining cream. Add the Nutella and salt and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Whisking constantly, boil for 3 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour over the caramel in the tart shell.
Chill for 6 hours, or overnight, until the tart is set. The tart can be covered tightly and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days before serving.
The sour cream or yogurt helps to keep the caramel soft so it doesn’t turn hard once refrigerated, so don’t leave it out.
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