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Friday, 1 October 2021

6 Ingredient Salted Caramel Tartlets

Vegan caramel tartlets, super simple! Only 6 ingredients, minimal baking required and a super easy method!  


These mini salted caramel tartlets will get you weak at the knees with their buttery shortbread
crust, and thick and chewy salted caramel filling. 
These 6 ingredient tartlets are perfect for special occasions, parties and festive occasions! 
They are perfectly sweet, buttery and smooth. The crust melts in your mouth, leaving you with one of the best salted caramels I've ever tried!


Why you NEED to make this caramel sauce!
I know you've probably struggled with caramel sauce in the past, just like me. Some recipes create a caramel which is thin, watery and too sweet. This recipe will become your go-to! Trust me! 
I think i have made the BEST vegan caramel sauce on earth! Its thick, glossy, chewy absolutely delicious and only contains 3 ingredients (4 if you count the salt).

It contains sugar, coconut cream and butter. The combination  of all of these ingredients, along with the method makes a ultra thick and chewy caramel, which is perfectly golden in colour, great for filling these tartlets or storing in a jar for drizzling over ice-cream or cupcakes etc.


Notes*

What vegan block butter to use?
My favourite vegan / dairy-free block butters are 'Naturli Vegan Block' or Flora Plant Based Block Butter Alternative (salted or unsalted). 

Coconut cream: Chill a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight, turn it upside down and open. Pour out the liquid and use the thick, white cream. The thicker the cream, the thicker the caramel.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Serves: Approx 8
Baking time: 20-25 minutes
Level: Easy

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Ingredients for the shortbread crust
  • 260g of plain flour
  • 40g of caster sugar
  • 200g of dairy-free butter / margarine

Ingredients for the caramel
  • 200g of of caster sugar
  • 100g of dairy-free block butter (see notes*)
  • 200g of coconut cream (see notes*)
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  • Pinch of sea salt
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Method (crust)
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c fan and lightly grease a 6 mini tartlet tins with coconut oil or butter.

2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add in the flour and sugar. Stir to combine. Add in the softened butter / margarine and using your fingertips, rub the softened butter / margarine into the flour and sugar mixture until a crumbly dough forms. 

3. Firmly press equal amounts of the dough into the tartlet cases / tins and use your fingers to press down the bottom and up the sides. 
Tip: As the dough is sticky, coat your fingers in some plain flour before pressing it into the tin to prevent sticking.
Prick the bases with a fork.
Place into the middle of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool while you make the caramel.

Method (caramel)
Tip:To get the best caramel for this recipe, it's best to make the caramel in 2 separate batches. Divide the ingredients quantities in half to do this step. 

1. Place the sugar into a medium / large saucepan. Place the pan on the hob over a low heat. Allow the sugar to melt, this will take around 5-8 minutes.
Make sure to stir the sugar constantly to prevent burning.

2. When all of the sugar has melted and is a golden / amber colour, add in the butter. Stir to combine. Allow the butter to melt into the sugar.
Once it's combined, it might go a thick consistency, now add in the coconut cream. It will steam and bubble so be-careful!

3. Pour the thick caramel quickly into each case. Use an off-set spatula to quickly spread out the caramel, making sure it's even. 
Set aside to cool for 30 minutes, then transfer into the fridge for 3 hours, or until fully set.
Tip: You can leave it in the fridge overnight. The caramel will will turn into a toffee consistency. 

To store:
As the caramel is cream based, it will turn runny if left at room temperature too long. Keep stored in a sealed container in 
the fridge. Best enjoyed 2-4 days of making.

Caramel tartlets


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