Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Caramel tart

Dorie Greenspan mini caramel tarts on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi was one I knew wasn’t going to fit into my (or my neighbours’) bellies after a busy weekend of baking. And knowing it was my school’s holiday market on Monday where there are always so many baked goods being shared, I didn’t think there was room in the staffroom for a giant caramel tart. So I did what I always do – minified this and sent them to Neil’s lunch room!

I made the full recipe of the dough but only used half of it to roll out and make 12 tartelettes au caramel.  I used my scalloped cookie cutter set to cut tiny rounds (I used the 3″ cutter) and placed them in regular muffin tins. It’s an idea I stole from one of the recipes I’m working on for my book!

These ended up being very shallow but I liked how petite they were. When it came to filling them, I used half the caramel recipe from the book and it was perfect for the 12 tartelettes.  My caramel did not set up like Dorie’s at all – though I skimmed the foam off the caramel when it was cooking, it still ended up with foam on top when it baked so I scraped it off. Then it wasn’t even in the tartelette shells – in fact it looked like lemon curd smeared on the pastry and since it was so ugly I had to sprinkle powdered sugar on top! Covers all sorts of mistakes, right?

Dorie Greenspan mini caramel tarts from baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comClearly I am going to have to make this again to get the caramel right but I am kind of in love with the mini versions – SO CUTE!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Caramel Tart here or on p 165 of Baking Chez Moi.

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14 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Caramel tart

  1. Nicole November 22, 2016 at 07:50 #

    I love your idea of making a cookie cutter cut out to line a muffin tin. How clever! My tart took an extra 10 minutes in to set up, and yes, powdered sugar will cover a multitude of sins. 😃 All the same, I’m sure no one was the wiser and everyone loved them!

    • Mardi Michels November 23, 2016 at 06:18 #

      Good to know re: the extra setting time for when I make it again!

  2. Mr. Neil November 22, 2016 at 08:01 #

    Funny Mardi mentioned the lemon-curd appearance…as I was SURE they were lemon tarts when I spied them on the cooling rack!

    But while they may be very light in appearance, they do have a lovely “light” caramel flavour. Meaning, don’t think of a deep, rich butter tart. I loved these, and loved the small size. The only problem was, I ate three before anyone else joined me in the canteen! Yes, they’re that good: more-ish indeed.

    (Full disclosure: I finally shared, and sent the rest of the tin home with a dad for his girls. 🙂 )

  3. steph (whisk/spoon) November 22, 2016 at 19:33 #

    they’re darling! i made small ones, too, but a bigger than yours. loved them.

  4. Cakelaw November 22, 2016 at 21:05 #

    These minis are lovely! The caramel was not pretty in mine either but it tasted good.

  5. Zosia November 23, 2016 at 08:07 #

    What a great idea to use a cookie cutter with fluted edges – they’re so pretty!

  6. Margaret @approachingfood November 23, 2016 at 21:19 #

    Minified anything is cute, but these are especially cute! Love the icing sugar sprinkle.

  7. Diane Zwang November 25, 2016 at 18:00 #

    Can’t wait to see what you are cooking up for your book. The mini were cute. I would have Mr. Neil’s problem too, snack size equals more. I thought this tart was delicious.

    • Mardi Michels November 26, 2016 at 07:52 #

      Right – because they are tiny you can totally have more than one!

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