Caramel Nut Tart

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Source: Martha Stewart.com



Caramel Nut Tart

Slice this sweet and rich tart as thinly as possible. For best results, look for tart pans that have removable bottoms.

Ingredients

Makes 2 nine-inch tarts.

All-purpose flour, for dusting
Pate Sucree (recipe below)
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 pound assorted mixed nuts, such as hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, pecans, or cashews
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Directions

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Have ready two 9-inch tart pans with removable bottoms. Cut out two 12-inch parchment circles, and set aside. Lightly flour a clean work surface. Roll out one disk of pate sucree to a 12-inch circle with a 1/4-inch thickness. Roll dough onto rolling pin, and unroll over one of the tart pans. Press pastry into place, being careful not to stretch dough; use a paring knife to trim any overhanging dough. Repeat with remaining disk pate sucree and tart pan. Chill both pans for 30 minutes.

Line pastry with parchment circles, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until pastry begins to take on color, about 25 minutes. Remove the parchment and weights; continue baking or until light golden brown all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap in plastic; set aside until ready to use.

Reduce oven to 325 degrees. Place butter, both sugars, honey, and heavy cream in a large saucepan set over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes. Stir in nuts and vanilla; remove pan from heat. Pour filling into reserved tart shells.

Bake tarts on the center rack until the filling bubbles, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer tarts to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container up to 2 days.


Pate Sucree

This dough is similar to pate brisee, but it is further enriched with egg yolks and more sugar. This pastry dough may be stored in the freezer up to one month. To thaw, transfer disks to refrigerator overnight, or let stand at room temperature one hour.

Ingredients

Makes one 11-to 12-inch or two 8-to 9-inch or two 14-by-4-inch crusts.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup ice water


Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour and sugar. Add butter, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, 10 to 20 seconds.

In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks; add ice water. With machine running, add the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream through the feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.