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Salted Caramel Tarts

Ingredients

115g (4oz) plain flour

15g (1/2oz) cocoa powder

50g (2oz) caster sugar

75g (3oz) salted butter

1 medium egg yolk

For the Filling:

125g (4 1/2oz) caster sugar

30ml (2tbsp) golden syrup

50g (2oz) salted butter

60ml (4tbsp) double cream

For the Chocolate Ganache:

75g (3oz) Dr.Oetker Fine Cooks' Extra Dark Chocolate

40g (1 1/2oz) salted butter

5ml (1tsp) seasalt flakes

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C Fan,Gas Mark 6).
  2. For the pastry, sift the flour and cocoa into a bowl.Stir in the sugar and rub in the butter to form a mixture that resembles fresh breadcrumbs. Mix in the egg yolk and bring the mixture together with your hands to form a firm pastry dough. Knead gently on a lightly floured surface then roll out thinly. Cut out 8 x1Ocm (4inch) circles, re-rolling as necessary and use to line 8 x 8cm(3 1/4 inch) loose­ bottomed fluted tart tins. Trim the edges and chill for 30 minutes. 
  3. Line each tart with a small piece of baking parchment and fill with baking beans or raw rice. Bake for 10 minutes  then carefully remove the parchment and beans or rice, prick the bases with a fork and return to the oven for a further 7-8 minutes until the pastry is cooked through. Leave to cool in the tins before removing and placing on a wire rack.
  4. For the filling, put the sugar and syrup in a saucepan with 60ml (4tbsp) water. Stir over a low heat until melted.Bring to the boil and cook for 4-5 minutes until richly golden and caramelised.
  5. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the butter and cream, taking care as the mixture will hiss and bubble, then pour into the pastry cases.Leave to cool completely.
  6. For the ganache, break the Extra Dark Chocolate into pieces and put in a small saucepan with the butter and 15ml (1tbsp) water. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until melted together - do not boil.
  7. Carefully spoon a thin layer of the ganache over each tart, tapping gently on the worksurface to smooth the surface. Chill for at least 1hour to set.
  8. To serve, stand at room temperature for 20 minutes then sprinkle each with a tiny pinch of salt flakes.

Note:

For a short cut version, use 250g (9oz) ready-made sweet shortcrust pastry instead of making your own

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