February 7, 2012

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Tart & Scharffen Berger Chocolate Giveaway! {Naptime Everyday}

Pretzel Tart

What’s Going on Today: Getting ready for Thailand trip in less than two weeks! Working on naptime cooking-friendly Valentine’s Day menu.

Naptime Goals: Make Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Torte, fire-up the slow cooker to make tonight’s lasagna!

Tonight’s Menu: Slow Cooker Lasagna, green beans, red wine.

One week from today I’ll wake up to a shower of roses, three hour long massage and bags of diamond jewelry. Or not. But it will be Valentine’s Day and, for the record, sarcasm aside, my husband always does something sweet for me and I for him. This year I’ll continue our tradition of a romantic homemade dinner after our little one is asleep, and will serve this tart for dessert. I came up with the recipe after my husband expressed his love for this awesome combination of salted caramel and chocolate I made for last year’s New Year’s Eve bash.

To begin my riff on the Saveur version I decided to salt the caramel with crushed pretzels (his favorite salty snack) instead of sea salt. I liked that the pretzels would lend a welcome bit of crunch, and just the right amount of salt, to the otherwise silky sauce. I opted for a simple chocolate wafer crust since it is chocolatey, without being overwhelming, and draped the whole thing with a blanket of dark chocolate and a few more crushed pretzels.

This test version was a hit with the neighborhood moms. I begged them to try it at playgroup (I didn’t really have to get all that much) and they agreed the pretzels were a welcome addition. It was also a hit with me since the entire thing can be made in advance. I’ll probably make it while my daughter is at school on Tuesday and stick it in the fridge until after she is asleep and it is time to eat. As for the rest of the menu, well, you’ll just have to wait and see about that!

This week Scharffen Berger is giving away 8 of their delicious 3-ounce chocolate bars! Including:

82% Extra Dark

70% Bittersweet

62% Semisweet
62% Dark Nibby
62% Mocha
41% Extra Rich Milk
41% Milk with Sea Salted Almonds
41% Milk Nibby

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Recipe

 Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Tart

Ingredients

For the crust:

1 ½ cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the caramel sauce:

1 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 T. light corn syrup
6 T. unsalted butter
6 T. heavy cream
¾ cup lightly crushed pretzels, divided

For the topping:

½ cup heavy cream
4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped (I used my Scharffen Berger bar it was amazing!)

Instructions

1. To make the crust stir together all the ingredients in a small bowl until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press the chocolate crumbs into a butter 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom and refrigerate for one hour.

2. To make the caramel: whisk together the sugar, corn syrup and 6 tablespoons water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow the mixture to cook until a candy thermometer reads 340, or the mixture is a light amber color. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter and heavy cream. Once it has cooled for about 5 minutes, spread the caramel into the chocolate crust and top with ½ cup fo the crushed pretzels.

3. Make the topping by melting the chocolate and cream together in the microwave until it is just smooth. Stir them together until it is one smooth sauce. All the sauce to cool for 2 minutes, then pour it over the caramel sauce and top with remaining crushed pretzels. Refrigerate the tart for about 4 hours, or until the top is set.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This gorgeous tart barely needs an accompaniment, but a glass of champagne is always nice.

Naptime Stopwatch

30 minutes to prepare, 30 seconds to eat

 

Naptime Reviews

The addition of crushed pretzels is a keeper!

 

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  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    Favorite Valentine’s Day Chocolate dessert is Molten Chocolate Cakes with a drizzling of salted caramel! 

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    ANYTHING CHOCOLATE! Though the hubby isn’t much of a chocolate fan…I’ll have to whip up some cookies for him :)

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    My favorite chocolate treat for Valentines day is a midnight truffle blizzard.

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    My favorite Valentine’s dessert is gooey middle chocolate cakes.  My husband made them for me the night he proposed (and he’s not a baker).  When we were crying and laughing and calling family, we turned around and our dog, Frank, had climbed up into the chair and was helping himself to the melted ice cream and leftover cake.  They’re irresistible!

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  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)

    I have made Saveur’s version of this tart and it remains one of my favorite desserts.  I hadn’t considered using pretzels for the salt component but I love the idea.  This is a great take on the original. :)

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