Chocolate Brownie and Salted Caramel Tart

Serves 6-8

For the Pastry


160g

Unsalted Butter


75g

Unrefined golden caster sugar


2

Egg yolks


230g

Gilchesters Pizza & Ciabatta organic flour


20g

Cocoa Powder



For the Brownie layer


50g

Unsalted butter


30g

Golden syrup


125g

Unrefined light muscovado sugar


150g

Dark chocolate


2

Eggs


35g

Gilchesters Pizza & Ciabatta Organic flour



For the Salted caramel layer


50g

Unsalted butter


50g

Unrefined light muscovado sugar


½ tsp

Maldon sea salt


50ml

Double cream


75g

Milk chocolate


25ml

Water


Method

Lightly cream together the butter and sugar for the pastry, in a stand mixer if you have one, or by hand. Add the egg yolks and 25ml water, and mix well.

Add the flour and cocoa powder together in two additions, mixing on a slow speed until all the flour has been incorporated. Don’t over-mix or the pastry will become tough and hard to roll. Scoop it out of the mixer and wrap in cling film. Refrigerate for one hour.

Remove the pastry from the fridge and knead on a lightly floured work surface until smooth and pliable (this should only take about 30 seconds).

Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 3mm, it is very thin but be brave! You’ll need to work fast as the high butter content in the pastry means it will soften quickly. Roll it out to a circle large enough to line a 20cm tart ring or loose-bottomed tin that’s 2.5cm deep, with an extra 2.5cm of pastry hanging over the edge. Put the pastry-lined tin in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. take the tin out of the fridge and line the pastry with a crumpled circle of baking paper filled with baking beans or rice. Blind bake for 20 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and bake for a further five minutes. Set aside.

Nudge up the oven temperature to 185°C. Meanwhile, melt together the butter, syrup, and sugar for the brownie layer in a saucepan until bubbling. Take off the heat and add the chocolate, mixing well. Add the eggs and mix very well using a whisk.

Mix in the flour then pour this straight into the pastry case. Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven and trim off the excess pastry while its soft and warm, to make a clean edge. Allow to cool then refrigerate for an hour.

For the salted caramel, melt the butter, sugar, and salt together in a pan and simmer gently for three minutes. Take off the heat and add the cream, whisking well, then add the chocolate and stir to melt.

Pour this over the chilled brownie layer, filling the tart case as high as you dare (any leftover caramel can be used to drizzle over the finished tart).

Allow to cool, then refrigerate the tart for an hour, or until the caramel sets.

*Optional extra to decorate the top with mini eggs or similar, covering the entire surface, and serve at room temperature*

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