Turtle Tart

This turtle tart is swirled with caramel and chocolate then topped with pecans and sea salt! To celebrate blendtec week, we’re sharing three recipes that can be made in the blender AND one of you will win your own blendtec!! Woohoo!

So far for blendtec week we’ve shared 2 recipes – a berry sangria sorbet and a hawaiian berry smoothie! Both are recipes you would typically use a blender to make. But I will say, the blendtec makes pureeing frozen fruit incredibly easy.

This turtle tart is swirled with caramel and chocolate then topped with pecans and sea salt! This turtle tart is swirled with caramel and chocolate then topped with pecans and sea salt! But it’s time we change things up a bit. Let’s use the blendtec to make something you might not typically make in a blender… dough! I wish I meant the money kind of dough, but I mean edible dough.

One of my least favorite parts about making dough for a pie or tart is cutting in the butter. I don’t have a pastry cutter, so my hands are my go-to tools and they always end up buttery. But for this recipe, I put everything – the flour, pecans, salt, sugar, egg yolk, butter, and ice water in the blendtec! VOILA. The blendtec is my pastry cutter :)

This turtle tart is swirled with caramel and chocolate then topped with pecans and sea salt! This turtle tart is swirled with caramel and chocolate then topped with pecans and sea salt! We brought this turtle tart to small group and people ate it. And by ate it I mean, it was devoured!! With chocolate and caramel swirled on top of the sweet crust, this is one dessert that no one could pass up. I also sprinkled some coarse salt on top of the caramel because salted caramel is the best kind of caramel! It’s irresistible.

This turtle tart is swirled with caramel and chocolate then topped with pecans and sea salt! The above collage shows the process of preparing the crust. You’ll need to bake the crust with rice and parchment paper, this helps weigh the crust down, allowing it to form to the pan. There are detailed instructions in the recipe!

This turtle tart is swirled with caramel and chocolate then topped with pecans and sea salt!

Enter the giveaway HERE for a chance to win a Blendtec! Ended August 2015.

Turtle Tart

Yield: one tart

Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

Tart Crust

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick cold butter, diced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-2 tbsp ice water

Caramel layer

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Chocolate layer

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

To top

  • Pecans, whole and broken sea salt

Directions:

To make the crust

  1. In the blendtec, combine the flour, pecans, salt, and sugar. Press the “pulse” button for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Add in the cold diced butter and press the “pulse” button for 10-15 seconds or until the mixture looks like coarse sand with a few remaining pea-sized butter pieces.
  3. Add in the egg yolk and ice water, press the “pulse” button for 10-15 seconds or until the mixture is moist and everything is combined.
  4. Remove the dough from the blender. The dough should stick together and be able to hold the form of a ball. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and form into a flat disc. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 5 days.
  5. To form the crust, first preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  6. Use some flour and a rolling pin to roll the dough to your desired thickness and about 1 inch wider then the pan. Carefully transfer the dough into the tart pan, I recommend using one with a removable bottom. If the dough cracks while putting it into the pan, don’t worry, simply use your fingers to patch the cracks.
  7. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the crust and fill it with rice, so the rice goes up to the edge of the crust. Bake for 22 minutes.
  8. After 22 minutes, remove the parchment paper and rice. Turn the oven down to 350ºF and bake for 10 more minutes.
  9. The crust should be golden and firm to the touch when it’s done. Allow the crust to cool completely.

To make the caramel layer

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and butter, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to bubble. Continue cooking and stirring for 1 minute then remove the pan from the heat and slowly add in the heavy cream, stirring until it’s smooth. Allow the caramel to cool while you make the chocolate.

To make the chocolate layer

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the heavy cream to a boil. Once boiling, pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips. Allow the mixture to sit for 1-2 minutes, melting the chocolate chips, then stir well to mix. Allow the chocolate to cool for 10-15 minutes.

How to assemble

  1. Swirl the caramel and chocolate on top of the crust, alternating between the two. Create swirls using a knife.
  2. Add a handful or more pecans (whole and broken) to the chocolate and caramel.
  3. Sprinkle on a small amount of sea salt.
  4. Place the tart in the fridge to harden for 1-2 hours.
  5. Keep any left over tart in the fridge.
This turtle tart is swirled with caramel and chocolate then topped with pecans and sea salt!

31 comments

  1. Using the Blendtec to make the crust is SO smart! This recipe looks insanely delicious too.

  2. This is actually torture seeing this first thing in the morning- Dessert for breakfast? I think so. 

  3. I bet they did devour this tart it looks amazing.  Perfect combo of flavors.  This would be perfect for Thanksgiving dessert- I always think pecans when it comes to Thanksgiving dessert :)  I just entered the giveaway, fingers crossed!  

  4. Dear Beth, I love turtle candies. They happen to be one of my favorites. This tart takes my breath away. So beautiful and heavenly…that chocolate and caramel center is sheer decadence! xo, Catherine

  5. My stomach is grumbling for a big slice of this tart!!! It looks fantastic :)

  6. Okay, I’ve been running very fast to be the first person in line and get the biggest slice. Wait. Sorry for being that rude. That’s so delicious and handsome tart! Great job, Beth! And now give me a slice pleeeeease:)

  7. The number one baker does not own a pastry blender?! Haha, I am so amazed at what this blender can do. I would never have thought of making a pastry dough in one. My friend (and ex-manager) is going to love when I present this to her: she is a huge Turtles lover!

  8. Would love to win a Blendtec! This tart looks amazing!!!

  9. You are BLOWING ME AWAY with these amazing Blendtec recipes!!!! This one is to die for!

  10. I love anything ‘turtle!’ This tart looks magical Beth. Love that you also made your own pastry – amazing! 

  11. This looks seriously good and I love that you made the crust in the blender!

  12. Wow! So thrilled to find you via Blendtec on instagram. Your blog is delectably inspiring and your photos are glorious. Happy foodie over here!

  13. I have been wanting a BlendTec!  And now I want one even more so I can make dough in it and make these turtle tarts!!  They look fantastic! 

  14. I wouldn’t mind a slice of this! 

  15. I am so jealous of your baking skills, Beth! This tart is no different! Pinning!

  16. This tart looks mouthwatering! Love that you made the crust in the blender too, such a great idea! Wish I had a slice right now!

  17. OMG, Beth! This looks unbelievable! I’d like to dive face-first into it. 😍

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