Chocolate-Caramel Tart/Drunken Berries/Vanilla Creme Fraiche

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

Fleur de sel and edible gold dust are very sophisticated touches! Bon Appetit Magazine, June 2006, edition. This was one of the desserts, my girlfriend had made for her soiree to welcome fall. It was gorgeous! We all loved it - it was awesome!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. CRUST:.
  2. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 375°F.
  3. Butter 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.
  4. Blend flour, sugar, and salt in processor.
  5. Add 1/2 cup butter; process until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  6. Add egg yolks; process until moist clumps form.
  7. Add cocoa nibs; blend in using on/off turns.
  8. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of prepared pan.
  9. Bake until crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  10. Cool in pan on rack while preparing caramel filling.
  12. Combine sugar and 1/4 cup water in heavy medium saucepan.
  13. Stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves.
  14. Increase heat to high and boil without stirring until mixture is deep amber, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 7 minutes.
  15. Remove from heat; add cream (mixture will bubble vigorously).
  16. Add butter and stir over low heat until caramel is completely smooth.
  17. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; stir in salt.
  18. Cool 10 minutes.
  19. Pour warm caramel into crust.
  20. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool, about 45 minutes.
  22. Bring cream to simmer in small saucepan.
  23. Remove from heat; add chocolate.
  24. Whisk until smooth.
  25. Let stand until slightly cooled but still pourable, about 10 minutes.
  26. Pour ganache evenly over caramel filling.
  27. Refrigerate tart uncovered until chocolate is firm, about 2 hours.(Can be made 2 days ahead.).
  28. Cover and refrigerate.
  30. Combine raspberries & liqueur in a small bowl; soak at room temperature at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours, prepare ahead.(Can be made 1 day ahead.).
  31. Cover; chill.
  33. Spoon creme fraiche into small bowl; scrape in seeds from vanilla bean and stir to blend. (Can be made 1 day ahead.).
  34. Cover and refrigerate.
  35. ASSEMBLY:.
  36. Brush top of tart with gold dust, if desired. (It really does make the tart look beautiful - it's like putting a bow on the wrapped present.).
  37. Cut tart into thin slices.
  38. Arrange 1 slice on each plate.
  39. Spoon berries and creme fraiche alongside.
  40. *Cocoa Nibs are shelled roasted cocoa beans; available at many specialty foods stores.