Friday, November 18, 2016

Chocolate-Dulce de Leche Tart

This week at Cook The Book Fridays, the selected recipe from My Paris Kitchen cookbook, is Chocolate-Dulce de Leche Tart. A chocolaty dessert with dulce de leche sandwiched between a chocolate crust and dark chocolate filling on top.

Dulce de Leche is one ingredient that I have not seen over here before. So I have made my own by baking condensed milk in a water bath, using David Lebovitz oven method recipe, which I have posted here before, more than two years ago!

I've been making lots of baking lately and did not want to over indulge in desserts, so I've made only half a recipe, for two mini 4-inches tarts. Which is just nice for the four of us. 

Since it was only half a recipe, I've mixed the dough crust by hand, it was easy and takes only minutes. After filling up the base and sides of the mini tart pan with the chocolaty dough, they are blind bake, then spread with a layer of the dulce de leche and top with the chocolate filling. I've used dark chocolate for the filling, which is melted over the stove, then the cooked custard of eggs and milk is poured over the melted chocolate over a sieve, add some vanilla, whisk until smooth. Either vanilla extract or rum can be used here. Well, I've used my homemade vanilla-rum extract.

The tart is then baked in the oven for 20 minutes, and with the oven turned off, leave the tart for another 25 minutes, then remove from the oven. The chocolate filling sets up nicely. Once the tart comes to room temperature, I placed them in the refrigerator to chill.

There's some salt which is sprinkled over the chocolate filling before baking, but I skimped on the salt, as I was afraid that it might be too salty, as there's also some salt sprinkled on the base of the bottom crust. After baking, when I ate a slice later, I could not taste the salt (I've used kosher salt), and wish that I have sprinkled more! 

Two mini tarts. That's half a tart per person! How often did you serve a whole half tart for one? Haha! But I've sliced each mini tart into 8 little wedges. Makes very cute elegant dessert for entertaining! The chocolaty crust is lovely and the dark chocolate filling goes perfectly with the sweet dulce de leche. I was expecting a very sweet dessert, but I was pleasantly surprised that the sweetness was just right, a contrast with the bitter chocolate filling. A lovely desssert, but best served in small servings.

We are cooking through David Lebovitz's cookbook, My Paris Kitchen. If you have the book or thought of getting one, please do, and join us! Full details here.


  1. There used to be a bakery close to me that made 4" tarts of all sorts of flavours and those WERE for one person! We cut ours in halves for a sliver of dessert - perfect!

  2. Good for you making your own dulce de leche. Your tart looks great.

  3. So chocolatey, so rich...must be heavenly!

  4. There is dulce de leche to be bought easily and inexpensively here. But can't beat the reward of making it from scratch. Lovely results you had with these tarts.

  5. Next time salt! I love your idea of using little wedges for a party!

  6. I love the photo of the single slice, so pretty. I took one also, but it did not turn out well. This was so
    good, next time I will make half a recipe as this is a bit too much for the two of us. A very pretty
    dessert though, perfect on any table.

  7. What a great idea. This has to be a very rich dessert and a nibble might be just the thing especially if there were other desserts on a presentation plate. I'm so impressed you and Nana (haven't read any other posts yet) both made your own dulce de leche. I cannot wait to try making it and the entire tart. I especially liked your last photo of the dulce de leche oozing out of the chocolate crust and topping. Very nice.

  8. Hi Joyce,
    This lovely chocolaty dessert with dulce de leche must be so yummy ! I'm sure a perfect dessert that served after meal :)

  9. Those little wedges are so cute, Joyce! And a few bites is plenty for this one. So rich.

  10. Those 4" tarts are so pretty and perfect for four servings. I am going to have to make my own dulce de leche. I bought some and it was too runny (though it tasted delicious).

  11. What a great idea to make mini tarts! I kind of wish I'd done that...I too used my homemade vanilla extract--so good! Your tarts look adorable AND decadent.



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