Caramel Turtle Tart

Recipe for Caramel Turtle Tart
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


Basic Shortbread Dough (see below for recipe)
1/4 cup old-fashion oats
1/4 cup ground pecans
1 cup Simple Chocolate Ganache (see below for recipe), divided
35 individually wrapped caramel candies, unwrapped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 cup roughly chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine shortbread dough with oats and ground pecans. Gather dough into a ball and press evenly into a 9-½-inch tart pan with removable bottom. The crust should be about ⅛ inch thick on the bottom and slightly thicker on the sides. Bake crust 12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.

Warm ganache over low heat or in microwave, until loose and liquid. Spread ¾ cup ganache over bottom of tart. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt caramel with cream over medium-low heat, paying careful attention so that it does not burn. Stir in the pecans. Remove chilled tart from refrigerator and pour caramel mixture over the entire chocolate layer. The caramel should spread slowly and evenly over the ganache. If necessary, even out the caramel very gently with a spatula. Return tart to refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Pour remaining ¼ cup ganache into a pastry bag (or a sandwich bag with a small cut at one corner). Squeeze out ganache in parallel stripes over the caramel layer. Run knife through chocolate in perpendicular or diagonal lines to create decorative pattern. Serve at room temperature.

Basic Shortbread Dough

Simple Chocolate Ganache


10 to 12 servings

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Instead of old-fashioned

Instead of old-fashioned whole oats, I would prefer quick-cooking or steel-cut oats. This may affect the texture of the dough, however, so don't dump it all in at once. Add the flour, ground nuts and oats alternating a few spoons at a time until you have the consistency you want.
The same principle applies if you use a higher-fiber nut like ground almonds instead of pecans.

Do the oats not need to be

Do the oats not need to be cooked. They will be very hard and chewy.

It’s much like when you make

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It’s much like when you make oatmeal raisin cookies, you don’t cook the oatmeal first.

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Basic Shortbread Dough

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