Double Chocolate Tart with Dulce de Leche

This chocolate-truffle-inspired tart shows just how decadent simplicity can be. Dulce de Leche is a South American delicacy, made by cooking[ condensed milk into caramel -- its growing popularity means you can buy it at most stores these days. It's the perfect complement to the rich chocolate -- and the addition of flaked sea salt gives the whole thing balance and chef-like flair.]

Total Time:
2 hr 25 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
55 min

Yield:
10 to 12 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
Directions
Filling:

Special equipment: 9-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom

Crust: Whisk the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Put the butter, confectioners' and brown sugar in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add the dry ingredients and pulse to combine. Add the egg yolks and continue to pulse to make a smooth dough. Remove the blade, and turn dough out onto a large sheet of plastic wrap, form into a disk, and wrap tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

Meanwhile, make the filling: Put the chocolate in a medium bowl. Put the cream and sweetened condensed milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. (Alternatively, heat the cream and milk in the microwave.) Pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth and shiny. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Cover, and set aside at room temperature.

Place the dough between 2 pieces of waxed or parchment paper and roll into a circle about 1/4-inch thick. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Peel off a piece of parchment from the dough, then gently flip dough into tart pan, peeling away the rest of parchment. Carefully press dough into the tart pan so that it sits evenly in the pan. Trim excess dough from the edges, if needed. Line the crust with wax paper or lightly sprayed parchment paper and fill with pie weights or baking beans (see photo).

Place tart shell on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the paper and weights and continue to bake until the crust sets and looks a little dull (a sign it is cooked), about 5 minutes more. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Remove tart pan from oven and spread the dulce de leche evenly over the warm crust. Then top with the chocolate filling. Bake until the filling sets around edges but is still slightly wobbly in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely.

Serve. For a final flourish, sprinkle lightly with gray salt just before serving, if desired.

Busy Bakers' Tips:

- Make dough and freeze for up to a month ahead.

- Form, bake and freeze crust, tightly wrapped, for up to 1 week.

- Assemble and refrigerate up to 2 days, tightly wrapped.

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    I made this again and it was perfect. Just add a couple of tbs of ice water till dough holds together, like most crusts. Delicious, my guests were wowed! Dark chocolate and dulce del leche can't go wrong, just time consuming. Love it.
    Thanks for the tip. The dough was very crumbly and would not hold together so put 2 tablespoons of water in like you said and the dough was perfect.
    I made the recipe once and it was great. It did need a little more liquid added to the dough to make it come together. I intend to make it again tomorrow and will follow up with the outcome. It sure would be helpful if other reviewers were specific about the recipe.
    I made this again and it was perfect. Just add a couple of tbs of ice water till dough holds together, like most crusts. Delicious, my guests were wowed! Dark chocolate and dulce del leche can't go wrong, just time consuming. Love it.
    Thanks for the tip. The dough was very crumbly and would not hold together so put 2 tablespoons of water in like you said and the dough was perfect.
    It was very easy to make and I like that it can be made a few days in advance if you need to. Just let it sit out about 30 minutes before serving. A small slice is all you need, it is a very rich dessert. Its always the first thing gone when I bring it to parties.
    Maybe I was doing something wrong, but making the crust for this recipe took forever and it wouldn't stick together. I finally added an extra egg yolk and it stuck enough, but when the recipe was finished, the crust was really thick and tasteless! I expected it to be really rich, and the filling part was tasty and good, but too thin compared to the crust to make up for the dry, tastless crust. I know everybody else who tried this loved it, I'm not sure why mine came out so bad, but it did. I had to run to the store to buy new ingredients to make a tried-and-true-favorite to take to my friend's birthday part that night!
    your meal lokss very good good.also a very good presnentation. greatjob
    As a beginner in the pastry biz, I'm always looking for new, unconventional ideas. The dark richness of this tart paired with the decadent dulce de leche was a perfect combination. This isn't something that you throw together and put in the oven. This recipe took patience and a couple of hours (probably bc I'm new) but it was well worth the effort and everyone enjoyed it!
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