Walnut Salted Caramel Tart
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Serves: 12 servings
 
This Walnut Salted Caramel Tart is a great dessert to make for the holidays, as it's minimal ingredients and the results are outstanding!
Ingredients
for the tart crust:
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
for the walnut caramel filling:
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup Hood Heavy Cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or ½ tablespoon vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ cups walnut pieces
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, add all the ingredients for the tart crust and pulse until everything is combined and forms a ball of dough off to the side of the processor.
  2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Once dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9 inch tart pan. Set aside.
  4. Roll out the dough over floured surface and press into tart pan. Dock with a fork and bake for 20 minutes until slightly golden brown at the edges of the tart pan. Cool on a wire rack while you make the filling.
  5. In a tall saucepan, mix the sugar and water with your hands until all the sugar resembles wet sand. Place over medium heat and do not stir, as this will cause the sugar to crystallize. As it melts and cooks, the sugar will turn into a gorgeous golden color and once it's a light golden color, you can carefully pour the measured cream over it. It will bubble like crazy, so stand back for a second and with a whisk at hand, stir and lower the heat. The sugar will stick to the whisk for a second and then melt back. Remove from heat and keep stirring, adding the salt, butter, and vanilla. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Once the caramel slightly thickens, place the walnuts in a single layer on cooled tart shell and carefully pour the caramel over the walnuts, making sure to get it everywhere in the tart. Using a fork, carefully move around the walnuts to make sure every spot has caramel.
  7. Chill the tart before serving to set the caramel and enjoy chilled!
Recipe by Cooking with Books at https://www.cookingwithbooks.net/2018/12/walnut-salted-caramel-tart.html