Cooking and baking with the French Pasty Chef Francois Payard can be quite a challenge. His recipes arenâ€™t always for newbies. His recipes for chocolate are unmatched. They enter an entirely different league for using chocolate and producing decadent desserts, cookies, and sweets.
This month a Peanut Caramel Tart that will knock your socks off.
Although it looks lengthy and involved, itâ€™s quite easy, given a couple of short cuts.
The peanuts are combined with caramel to make a gooey, rich filling resting on chocolate whipped cream.
Francois describes it as a â€œsophisticated candy barâ€.
Makes 1 9â€ tart to serve 10
- 3 oz chocolate, chopped
- 2 cups roasted peanuts
- 1 TBS + 1 tsp honey
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 TBS light corn syrup
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup heavy cream *Itâ€™s important to have the cream at room temperature to reduce splatter.
Chocolate Whipped Cream:
- 1 cup + 2 TBS heavy cream
- 10 oz chocolate, melted and kept warm.
- 1 9 inch tart shell, fully baked *Make your own or purchase your favorite brand of pastry shell
- Chocolate shavings or other chocolate to decorate *I used kisses
Place chocolate, peanuts and honey in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
Place the sugar, corn syrup, salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until mixture turns dark brown caramel colored. *If the sugar sticks to sides of pan, dip a pastry brush in water and brush the sides to remove.
Remove pan from heat. Carefully pour room temperature cream in to the caramel. Donâ€™t stand over the pot!
Pour the caramel over the chocolate mixture and whisk until all is combined. Pour into the cooked shell and allow to cool.
Pour cream in a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until the cream holds medium peaks.
With a silicone spatula, fold HALF of the cream into the chocolate to cool it down. Fold the remaining cream into the mix and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
Garnish tart with cream as you like. Decorate with chocolate shavings or other chocolate treats.
I used to LOVE Snickers pie. This tart brings back those delicious memories.