If you like Twix Bars, you’ll love Chocolate Caramel Crackle Tart. Buttery Pastry filled with caramel and Rice Krispies, then topped with rich chocolate ganache.
Is it a pastry? Is it a candy bar? Is is something in-between? Who cares! This tart is so good I got a (not serious) caramel-induced marriage proposal after a friend ate a slice of it at a party years ago.
I’ve been making this tart for years based on a recipe in this book. The original recipe has walnuts in the filling. It’s really good with the walnuts and I recommend giving that a try if you like nuts.
But I wanted to try something different, since not everyone likes nuts in their dessert. I thought Rice Krispies would give me the crunchy texture of the nuts, but I wasn’t sure they’d hold up in the caramel.
Luckily they do. The Rice Krispies not only add a nice snap, crackle and pop (sorry!) to the filling but also tame the sweetness of the caramel.
Scroll through the process photos to see how to make Caramel Rice Krispie Tart:
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- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Roll 1/2 of the short dough to a 12" circle about 1/4" thick. Use the rim of a 10" tart pan as a cutter to cut a circle of dough that will be the top crust of the tart. Place the cut circle on a parchment lined pan and prick several times with a fork. Roll the other 1/2 of the short dough to 1/4" thick and 12" round. Line the 10" fluted tart pan with the dough. Push the dough into the fluted edges. Cut away excess dough and prick the bottom of the dough several times with a fork
- Bake both crusts until golden brown, about 15 minutes
- Remove the crusts from the oven and set aside while you make the caramel. Reduce the temperature to 325°F.
- Place the granulated sugar and the lemon juice into a heavy saucepan over medium heat. When the outside edges of the sugar begin to melt use a wooden spoon the stir the melted sugar toward the center. Continue stirring the sugar until it's completely melted.
- Watch carefully. When sugar becomes amber brown and you just see a whiff of smoke turn off the heat
- Carefully pour the cream into the caramelized sugar. The sugar will bubble up and spit and then settle a bit. Stir until the cream mixes into the caramel. Add the butter and optional salt and mix to incorporate
- Pour the Rice Krispies into the baked bottom crust. Drizzle the warm caramel evenly over the cereal. Use a small offset spatula or knife to gently mix the cereal into the caramel, leaving no dry spots. Place the top crust over the caramel filled tart and gently press onto the caramel, careful not to crack it.
- Bake the assembled tart for 5 minutes to slightly melt the caramel and glue the layers together. Cool about 15 minutes until the tart is still warm but not hot. Spread the ganache evenly over the surface of the tart.
- Sprinkle a few Rice Krispies over the ganache for decoration. Cool completely before cutting. Use a slightly damp knife to cut the portions.
To make bar cookies: roll 1/2 the dough to 1/4" thick and cut to fit a 9x13 pan. Roll the other 1/2 of the dough to 1/4" thick and cut to fit the bottom of a 9X13" pan. The pan should be greased and lined with parchment to prevent the caramel from sticking to the pan.
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