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Caramel Walnut Tart
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but it's a shame not to have the know-how yourself."
~ Julia Child,
in "Julia's Kitchen Wisdom"
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Tuesday, December 03, 2002
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Caramel Walnut Tart
1/4 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups walnuts (about 10 ounces)
1 sweet pastry dough for a double crust 9- to 10-inch pie
2 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
In a heavy saucepan bring water with sugar to a boil, stirring
[only] until sugar is dissolved. Boil syrup, without stirring, washing down any sugar
crystals that cling to side of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water, until it
begins to turn golden. Swirl pan until syrup is a deep golden caramel and remove from
heat. Add cream carefully (mixture will bubble up and steam) and return pan to heat. Add
butter, honey, and salt, stirring until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in
walnuts and simmer mixture, uncovered, over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 5
minutes. Transfer filling to a bowl and cool to lukewarm (filling will thicken as it
While filling is cooling, on a lightly floured surface with a
floured rolling pin roll out larger piece of dough into a 12-inch round (about 3/8 inch
thick) and fir it into a 9- to 10-inch tart pan with removable fluted rim. Chill shell
until firm, 20 to 30 minutes, and in it, spread the filling evenly. On a lightly floured
surface with a floured rolling pin, roll out remaining dough into an 11-inch round (about
3/8 inch thick. Gently roll dough onto rolling pin and unroll over filling. Press top
crust edge to bottom crust to seal and roll rolling pin over pan to trim edge. Freeze tart
While tart is freezing, preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake tart in middle
of oven until crust is golden, 25 to 30 minutes, and cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes.
Remove side of pan and cool tart completely. In a metal bowl set over a pan of barely
simmering water melt chocolate, stirring until smooth. Cool chocolate and transfer to a
pastry bag fitted with a very small plain tip. (Alternatively, transfer chocolate to a
small sealable plastic bag and seal bag, pressing out excess air. Squeeze chocolate to one
corner of bag and snip slightly less than 1/8 inch off corner, making a small hole.) Pipe
chocolate decoratively over tart and let tart stand at room temperature until chocolate is
set, 1 to 2 hours. Tart may be made 1 day ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature.
Serve with whipped cream.
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