Chocolate is wonderful. Nothing can please me more than a cake, ice cream, drink, or cookie made with chocolate. But for me it has to be made with real chocolate — rich and dark semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate. Trader Joe’s has wonderful dark chocolate choices — from smooth and silky Valrhona to semi-sweet chips to their famous gigantic Pound Plus Belgian chocolate bar. On Mother’s Day, calories don’t count and indulgence is encouraged — this Chocolate Caramel Tart Recipe is the perfect, decadent finish to a delicious meal.
The inspiration came long ago when I had an exquisite slice of chocolate tart in a trendy restaurant in Paris, in the “Les Halles” district. Today I can still remember the taste and texture. It was a revelation! Before that night, I had tasted plenty of good chocolate desserts and a wide variety of tarts, but I had never tasted a chocolate tart. When I bit into it, the crust was delicate and light, the caramel a little bit salty, and the chocolate ganache pure perfection.
This seductive tart has been in the back of my mind ever since then…and because this is something you do not find easily even on restaurant menus, I decided to recreate it using some of my favorite Trader Joe’s shortcut ingredients: Frozen pie crust, Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce, dark chocolate, heavy cream, and little butter. The result: pure bliss! Here is my Chocolate Caramel Tart recipe.
As I was making this dessert with my kids, I realized that it was a very easy and fun tart to make (kids can lick their fingers with caramel sauce and/ chocolate ganache) and I thought it would be a great dessert for kids and dads to make together as a lovely homemade present for Mother’s Day! The tart is sophisticated and so rich, without being heavy. Mom will be impressed!
Another good thing about this tart is that it can be done a day ahead and placed in the fridge until served. Make the crust and ganache in advance, reserve and assemble then refrigerate. I like to make this tart in rectangular tart pan with removable bottoms but you can use a 9-inch round tart pan instead.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Note: For more easy French-inspired recipes, check out Celine’s cookbook “Cooking with Trader Joe’s: Pack a Lunch!“)