Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Feast your eyes...

...whilst I feast mah belleh.

So, I recently made up a batch of what I was hoping would be date-sweetened (refined sugar free!) caramels, but had to add enough water to get everything to blend smoothly that I ended up with a very yummy salted caramel sauce. It made for a yummy, guilt-free, after-dinner spoonful of deliciousness, but wasn't quite what I was looking for.

Then last night, it occurred to me that I could make caramel tarts! This morning, I prepped my go-to pie crust recipe, with whole wheat flour and made a batch of the caramel sauce. I blind-baked (I've been using dried beans as my pie weights for years) 6 small tart shells and added the caramel to them once they had cooled fully, then crumbled a bit of fleur de sel on them.

If you're looking for a butter tart experience, this isn't anywhere near as rich as those, but they are very delicious in their own right. Although they're fairly time-consuming to make, I thought this was a worthwhile experiment, as I now have a more decadent sugar-free dessert in my arsenal.

Edit: for improved readability

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