Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 8th July 2011

When I finally decided on Lemon Meringue Tarts for the holiday weekend I knew I would have to offer another choice because not everyone in my family is a fan of citrus desserts.  It didn’t take me too long to decide on the other option because everyone in my family loves chocolate.  I decided immediately to pair the chocolate with luscious caramel.  I also wanted to add a few different textures and flavours.

A photo of Italian Desserts, Tartellette al Cioccolato e Caramello (Chocolate-Caramel Tarts) presented on white doilies.

I present to you pure indulgence, Chocolate-Caramel Tart – crispy, hazelnut sweet short pastry with four layers of goodness – caramel, toasted hazelnuts, dark and milk chocolate ganache, and milk chocolate glaze.  And for the decadent finale, sweetened whipped cream, a drizzling of caramel sauce and a sprinkling of hazelnut praline.

A photo of 6 Chocolate Tarts with a layer of caramel and toasted hazelnuts displayed on a dark wooden board.

I could have stopped with the dark and milk chocolate ganache layer but the chocolate lover in me took over.  And I also continued on because my kids find the dark chocolate a little too bitter, even when it’s combined with the milk chocolate. Adding the final layer of milk chocolate glaze gives the tart an overall sweeter flavour.

A photo of Chocolate Tarts with Caramel drizzle on top and a sprinkle of hazelnut praline.

Wow! – I couldn’t believe how quickly these tarts disappeared, they were the first treats to go – We definitely eat with our eyes first.

A photo of a Chocolate-Caramel Tart with sweetened whipped cream, caramel sauce and hazelnut praline displayed on a yellow cupcake stand.

The classical pairing of chocolate and caramel is one of my favourites but adding toasted nuts brings any dessert to another level for me.  I love the nutty flavour but I think it’s the creaminess of the chocolate and caramel combined with the crunchy nuts that win me over.

A photo of a Chocolate-Caramel Tart on a blue dessert dish.

I wish the kids enjoyed the pairing as much as I do.  They love the flavour but aren’t a fan of the crunch. Usually I have to make two sets of desserts, one with and one without nuts.  Funny it didn’t seem to matter with these tarts.

A photo of Pasta Frolla Tart Shells displayed on a dark wooden board.

Looking back I probably should’ve made some with and without; they were received so well and it would have been nice to have a few more on hand.

A photo of six Chocolate-Caramel Tarts {Tartellette al Cioccolato e Caramello} displayed on a wooden board.

If you enjoy the pairing of chocolate and caramel Marly made some pretty amazing Double Chocolate Caramel Cookies that I’ve been meaning to try.

A photo of Chocolate Tarts with a layer of caramel and toasted hazelnuts, topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and hazelnut praline.

And I can’t wait to try – I am so excited, The Professor’s Chocolate Porter Ice Cream. Beer and chocolate – yum!  The Professor is right; beer enhances the flavour of chocolate.

A photo of a Chocolate Caramel Tart sliced in half to reveal the inner layers of caramel, hazelnuts, dark and milk chocolate ganache and milk chocolate glaze.

I made a Chocolate Cake with Double Chocolate Stout a while back and it’s one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever made, intense chocolate flavour and extremely moist.

A photo of a Chocolate Caramel Tart on a white dessert dish with a decorative drizzle of caramel sauce on the dish.

I wonder how the ice cream would taste with caramel?  Hmm…Leftover caramel + The Professor’s recipe = giving it a whirl.

A photo of a Chocolate-Caramel Tart {Tartellette al Cioccolato e Caramello} on a white doilie.

Enjoy your weekend!

A photo of Chocolate Tarts with Caramel displayed on white doilies.

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Comments (58)

58 Responses to “Chocolate-Caramel Tarts {Tartellette al Cioccolato e Caramello}”

  1. Blog is the New black Says:

    Looks like a winning combo to me! :)

  2. shapewear Says:

    This looks delicious. Im sure to try this out on the weekends.

  3. Susie Says:

    These look delicious!!!

  4. Kelly Says:

    These are gorgeous and look so delicious!! Great job! :)

  5. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    These look amazing! I love chocolate and caramel. I would not be able to share!

  6. Christine Says:

    Looks wonderful! Amazing! Yummy!

  7. The Farmers Wife Says:

    Wow…. Just… Wow… I’m in love with your tarts… I would marry those tarts if I could… lol! Yum!

  8. Vanessa Nicole Says:

    I wish I had this kind of talent! Do you ship orders?

  9. Grace Says:

    Thank you Vanessa – you are too sweet!

  10. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker Says:

    chocolate…hazelnuts…caramel…this is beyond perfect! You have basically taken my favourite chocolate (the beloved ferrero rocher) and smothered it in a caramel sauce, i dont think ive seen a dessert i wanted to gobble up so much in a long time! Beautiful photography too, just plain lovely :)

  11. Evan Thomas Says:

    I can see why these would disappear fast. I love the hints of hazelnuts all through the dessert! It’s truly chocolate’s best friend.

  12. Julia Says:

    Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. I’m excited with all the tart recipes I’m getting from you! Like Vanessa said, you are truly talented, I want your talent!!! No matter how hard I try I will never be as talented as you, Grace. Never. I especially don’t have the patience that you do… Great recipe looks amazing!!!

  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you Julia, I get into this zone when I bake and I try to set a mood of relaxation, music playing, I measure out all my ingredients so I don’t miss anything, try to have everything I need all prepared and I do my best to keep myself focused on my task at hand. I find when I do that things are so much easier in the kitchen, especially on the days when it’s like grand central station in my house, usually mistakes happen when you get interrupted, then you get frustrated, you know what I mean? Believe me Julia you can do this!!!

  14. Carolyn Says:

    Stunning, Grace!

  15. Kathleen Says:

    These look absolutely fab-u-lous!!!!!

  16. Jeanette Says:

    Another stunning dessert Grace – you are truly gifted!

  17. Emma @ Poires au Chocolat Says:

    Wow, these look seriously decadent – all that caramel. Delicious!

  18. Chef Dennis Says:

    pure decadence….sigh I’ll take two please!
    I love chocolate tarts and add some caramel and I am in heaven! I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at those incredible images!

  19. Grace Says:

    I definitely gained the 5 lbs Dennis

  20. Heidi @ Food Doodles Says:

    Those look amazing! Love the hazelnuts :)

  21. SMITH BITES Says:

    OMG Grace – these are stunning!! would love to have one right now!!

  22. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen Says:

    Gorgeous! I wish I had one right now! I would eat dessert first then lunch. Yum!

  23. Goga Says:

    blogs like yours make me so hungry! very tasty recipe

  24. Marly Says:

    Another home run recipe, Grace! I bet these did disappear quickly! Do you remind your kids every day how lucky they are to have you cooking all these splendid dishes for them and their friends? I hope so. Looking forward to more summer treats!

  25. Ilke Says:

    Some serious work here, Grace! I love it! I love the caramel oozing from the bottom!

  26. DessertForTwo Says:

    Wow. These just took my breath away! I need one now!

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  28. Nancy@acommunaltable Says:

    Chocolate and caramel…sign me up!! These are truly beautiful tarts – no surprise that they went fast!!

  29. VanCityBookGirl Says:

    These look beautiful!

  30. cookthegood Says:

    Well done..!

    I feel shy to ask this but let me know since I am new in cooking that, can we use some other material for the base (cups)

  31. Park City Lodging Says:

    This is a wonderful recipe, thanks so much for sharing. You did a great job with the images too; I will definitely try this recipe this weekend.

  32. Aaria Says:

    OMG they look really yummy!! I love the flavor of chocolate and Hazelnuts… thanks for sharing, i’ll try it soon.

  33. Barbara | Creative Culinary Says:

    Absolutely beautiful tarts Grace.

  34. Cheng Says:

    This looks absolutely delish! I think I will try this for our next holiday get together, but I can’t find liquid glucose, can I substitute corn syrup?

  35. Grace Says:

    Yes you can use corn syrup. I find my glucose at Michaels and also the bulk stores, not sure if you have either close to you.

  36. Cheng Says:

    I didn’t even know that they sell glucose at Michaels I have to check that out Thanks!

  37. Grace Says:

    It’s usually in the aisle with the rolled fondant and sprinkles. It is a bit cheaper at the bulk store if you have one of those close to you.

  38. Cheng Says:

    We don’t have a bulk store not that I know of anyway, I think I will go check costplus I usually go there for my vanilla beans and hard to find spices that I need in hurry but most of the time I get my supplies at either Amazon or Costco.

  39. Grace Says:

    Costco is still carrying vanilla beans in your area? They stopped here and I have been going crazy trying to find a Costco that still carries the. Would you mind sharing the Costco location or emailing the location?

  40. Cheng Says:

    Emailed you :)

  41. Grace Says:

    Thank you!

  42. Maria Says:

    The way you laid this post out made it very easy to follow the recipe. Thanks for pointing out to make some with nuts and some without. I have fussy nieces who would have otherwise passed on these delicious treats.

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