This elegant tart has a crisp cookie crust that is filled with a layer of salted caramel and topped with a thick decadent ganache.
chocolate-caramel tart with sea salt from Eats Well With Others

I feel a leeetttllle bit bad about depriving you of your normal Wednesday health-full post.

But totally NOT because today a group of other bloggers and I are celebrating our friend Audra of The Baker Chick, who is giving birth to her first baby in January!!

And such a ridiculously fabulous event as that deserves the most decadent of the decadent.


And the most saltiest of the caramels.

Okay, not the most saltiest. But the just sweet-saltiest enough to make your taste buds happy.

Especially Audra’s, whose first words out of her mouth when I met her at a blog conference three years ago were something like, “Hi I’m Audra and I live for salted caramel”.*

*Not exaggerating.


I was super lucky to get to go to Audra’s real life baby shower and it was too fun. She was positively glowing the entire time with her seven month baby belly that looks suspiciously like my negative gazillion month belly. But that’s really neither here nor there.

It was apparent from all of the family and friends that turned out for this event that this baby will be loved. So so so loved.

And I am just so excited for Audra and her baby to get to meet each other in just a few more weeks!


This ridiculously decadent tart with it’s creamy sweet salty caramel filling and it’s rich chocolate ganache topping is perfect for celebrating such a happy occasion. All it takes is one bite, to definitely put a smile on your face.

Check out the tasty treats that the other ladies attending today’s shower brought to the party!


Grapefruit Rosemary and Sage Spritzer from Nutmeg Nanny


Small Bites:

Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups from The Spiffy Cookie

Honey and Tangerine Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini from The Lemon Bowl



Bananas Foster Cupcakes from Culinary Couture

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter from Warm Vanilla Kitchen

Chocolate Mousse Mini Cupcakes from Bake or Break

Cinnamon Nut Stuffed Persimmons from Running to the Kitchen

Coconut-Cream Meringue Cupcakes from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites from Keep It Sweet Desserts

Gluten-Free Cranberry Bread from The Dusty Baker

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing from The Corner Kitchen

Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies from Table For Two

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream from Baked By Rachel

Sugar & Spice Layer Cake from Girl Versus Dough


One year ago…Tuscan Bean and Wheatberry Soup with Cabbage and Winter Squash, Swiss Chard and Saffron Tart

Four years ago…Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup

Chocolate-Caramel Tart with Sea Salt
This elegant tart has a crisp cookie crust that is filled with a layer of salted caramel and topped with a thick decadent ganache.
Yield: 1 9-inch tart
For the tart shell
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
For the caramel
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
For the chocolate ganache
  • 12 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  1. For the tart shell, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs and mix until just incorporated. Add in the flour and salt, and mix just until the dough comes together, on low speed. Scrape the dough into a flat disc and then wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to an ¼-inch thick round. Press it into a 9-inch tart pan, trimming the excess dough. Place the shell in the freezer until ready to bake.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350. Line the tart shell with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the paper and foil. Bake for another 10 minutes. Allow to cool while you make the filling.
  4. For the caramel, bring the cream to a boil and then turn off the heat.
  5. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar with 5 tbsp of water and cook, stirring, over high heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and let cook for about 4 minutes, until it reaches 374F, swirling the pan as needed.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the hot cream. Stir until smooth. Add the salt.
  7. Pour the caramel into the tart shell so that the bottom is evenly covered. Let cool. Refrigerate until ready to pour in the ganache.
  8. For the ganache, place the chocolate and salt in a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to a boil.
  9. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes. Whisk the chocolate into the cream until they are melted together. Pour the ganache into the tart shell. Allow to set at room temperature. Sprinkle with sea salt before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice


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111 Responses to Chocolate-Caramel Tart with Sea Salt

  1. Monica says:

    Congrats to your pal, Audra! You picked a beautiful dessert for her.

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  5. I picture this as one giant tart that I can shove in my mouth. Not because it’s not worthy of enjoying bite by tiny bite (it is), but because when it comes to salted caramel I have no control. THIS ROCKS ME!

  6. OMG I could live for a slice of this tart (or the whole thing)

  7. What a gorgeous tart! Wowzers. 🙂
    What a nice way to celebrate Audra!

  8. Golly gosh, not missing the healthy stuff st all with this amazing tart! It looks beautiful.

  9. Beth says:

    Sensational! What a great way to welcome a baby.

  10. Simply Life says:

    what a sweet occasion to dedicate this tart to!

  11. I usually look for any excuse not to attend a shower, but I’d definitely go if I was promised a slice of this tart. It looks amazing and I live for salted caramel, too. Congrats to Audra!

  12. I made this exact tart (salt on the top and all) a few months back so I know how good it tastes. Mine was slightly different for the caramel:

  13. Oh yes, elegant and absolutely ridiculous – I need a (big) slice!

  14. I love these virtual baby showers, they are so sweet and show how kind the food blogging community is! Love your chocolate dessert… sea salt with chocolate is divine!

  15. Emma says:

    Holy moly Joanne! This looks insane! Definitely a good way to celebrate a new babe 🙂

  16. I will make choc chip cookies until the day I die! However, I might have to swap out a few of those days for this chocolate tart! LOVE LOVE THE addition of the caramel and sea salt

  17. This is my ideal dessert! Nothing better than chocolate and salt!!

  18. Ha! You are too funny. Yes- I am pretty sure those WERE my first words to you and I’ve shouted them loud and clear ever since! This tart is my kind of dessert that’s for sure!!

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful words and helping to make this happen. I’m so lucky to have you as a friend! xoxo

  19. This is so gorgeous!! My mouth is drooling just thinking about that first bite!

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  21. Wow, this looks like one awesome shower. With treats like these, who wouldn’t be thrilled? Gosh, I cannot wait to see what you have in store for your own wedding!!

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  23. This looks like my kind of dessert, Joanne. Oh, how I do love sweet and salty!

  24. SallyBR says:

    Could you please write down on your calendar that March 11th is my Bday?

    thanks. I will let you decide on a flavor, but of course I love Nutella and that other impossibly good thing called Biscoff.

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  26. Congrats to Audra! What a decadent elegant way to celebrate!

  27. danielle says:

    Decadent indeed! This looks amazing and dangerous all in one.

  28. That is a thing of great beauty!

  29. sandra says:

    This pie is so lovely, I can feel the richness and taste the salty-sweetness. Great shots!! I need to start taking vertical photos exclusively. They are so much prettier… and your crust came out really great.

  30. This is a dreamy pie without a doubt! Great job on making this one for your friend! Have a great day!

  31. Tortureeeeee. I wish I didn’t just see this or I wish I were in my kitchen right now so I could make this. I hate you. Not actually.

  32. Deena Kakaya says:

    Oh Joanne, this recipe is really teasing me and I will think about it until I eat it 😉 x

  33. That’s it. I’m moving in with you and The.Boy so you can make me this dessert all day every day. Cool? 😉

  34. WOAH, seriously my mouth is watering! I would love to make this, but I could not be trusted with this in my fridge! LOL!

  35. So pretty!! I can get behind anything involving salted caramel.

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  37. Pam says:

    Very sweet. The tart looks incredible! Salty/sweet is my very favorite flavor combination.

  38. Yes, this baby will be loved, somehow even MORE than THIS TART, which I want to swim in right now. Seriously. So happy to have shared both showers with you, with more lovely blogging lady dates to come! xoxo

  39. Wow, the salted caramel just makes me crazy. I could slowly finish up your whole tart if it was sitting in my fridge right now. Ridiculously great looking.

  40. I made a chocolate salted caramel tart for Thanksgiving and it was amazing! I can’t wait to make it again. Your tart is beautiful!

  41. Chocolate caramel tarts like this are probably my favourite desserts of all time. So simple but you cannot go wrong with the richness of chocolate, caramel and salt.

  42. This looks positively sinful. And I love it!

  43. So jelly that you got to go to Audra’s real life baby shower! Man, this is exactly why I regret leaving New York! That’s where all the fun always happens! Your tart looks absolutely stunning and between us two, I don’t miss the health-full post 😉

  44. Karly says:

    Oh my goodness, this tart just looks amazing. So rich and fudgy and perfect!

  45. Kate says:

    Healthy recipes can always wait till after the holidays. Celebrations call for something decadent like this.

  46. The healthy recipes can definitely wait! This is a celebration, and I can’t think of a more indulgent, decadent tart for this!

  47. Courtney says:

    This is absolutely stunning, Joanne! And I love that you got to attend Audra’s real life shower, too. I hope all of us get to hang out at BSP again next year (and, you know, snuggle that baby boy). 🙂

  48. Eileen says:

    Ooh, yes please! This would definitely make the perfect dessert to impress a dinner party. 🙂

  49. What a sinfully decadent treat! I would love a small wedge too!

  50. Geni says:

    Yum times 100 Joanne! This looks fantastic. BTW…noticed you have been pinning wedding stuff! So excited for you! Sorry I have been MIA…life has decided to happen in big piles over the last year and blogging has rightfully taken a back seat.

  51. How perfect is the combination of salt and chocolate?

    So perfect.

  52. what an AWESOME dessert, joanne! yum yum and yum!

  53. This looks like pure decadence – something I can totally get down with! Gorgeous!

  54. Christine says:

    Oh the decadence of it all! Looks killer rich and insanely creamy. Sounds too, like a great shower.

  55. sara says:

    OMG. This looks SO GOOD! Yum yum yum. 🙂

  56. Can I come live with you please? I won’t take up much room. I’ll do the dishes.

  57. Cheese and Rice! I can’t believe this tart exists. It looks the best.

  58. Kathryn says:

    You are all so sweet – what a lovely party spread you’ve created! This tart sounds like it would pretty much be my favourite thing ever.

  59. What a perfect combo of flavors! I need a bog slice of this right now, oh please!

  60. ramblingtart says:

    That looks absolutely divine, Joanne. 🙂 What a scrumptious way to celebrate your friend. 🙂

  61. debbie says:

    That looks so good Joanne…..I don’t think I could resist this if it were in front of me!

  62. Holy chocolate, batman! I need this in my life! Pinned and need an excuse to make it asap. 🙂 Gorgeous Joanne!!

  63. Tracey says:

    I adore this combination of ingredients! It’s been way too long since I made something with salted caramel, it really is the best!

  64. This is beyond gorgeous. Drooling all the way down the page. Just the best combination.

  65. Such a gorgeous dessert!! Wish I had a slice right now!

  66. Susan says:

    Congrats Audra and hello beautiful and delicious chocolate caramel tart. You can leave that slice, I’ll take the rest. 🙂

  67. Holy Drools! Your tart looks amazing! It’s so perfect and oh my gosh! I want a slice!

  68. Danielle says:

    Wow! This is my kind of dessert! So good! This looks amazing beyond words!
    And congrats to your friend Audra! What an awesome baby shower : ) Lucky girls! xo

  69. Chocolate and sea salt are my favorite combo! Super yum!

  70. Hotly Spiced says:

    I remember going to a lot of baby showers and they were always so much fun. I just love the look of this tart and from the moment I read the title I knew I would love it. I’ll pin it! xx

  71. Joanne, I am actually swooning. The baby shower is all well and good, and sounds delightful and lovely in fact, but this tart…oh. I am devoted.

  72. This looks so rich and decadent. I love the sea salt on top!

  73. Ooh my!! What a tasty looking pie. That looks amazing Joanne.

  74. Erika says:

    OMG! That chocolate. It’s so perfectly melty yet smooth looking on top! Ultimate baby shower food perfection? I think so.

  75. All of my favourite things! I would die for a slice of this right now…or 3!

  76. GORGEOUS, Joanne! I cannot imagine anything more tasty. Biggest congrats to Audra!

  77. Looks like some serious winter comfort food and I’m into it!

  78. Karen says:

    Da-yum, this looks good!!!

  79. This looks ridiculously decadent and deeeelicious! I love chocolate tarts and when there’s caramel and salt?? FORGET IT! ahhhh so yummmehhh

    yayyy for Audra!!!

  80. grace says:

    the mere mention of caramel never fails to make me swoon a little bit. this is an extraordinary tart!

  81. Reeni says:

    Salty caramel makes me pretty darn happy too! This looks so decadent and fudgy! I bet it just melts in your mouth.

  82. What a perfect dessert to make for a salted-caramel lover…looks amazing!

  83. Johanna GGG says:

    oh my that looks amazing – any baby being welcomed into the world with such yumminess will have a discerning sense of taste

  84. Foodiewife says:

    This looks so creamy. So rich. So decadent. Beautifully done.

  85. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh my, this is so beautiful! I adore salted caramel, I imagine this would be gone in the blink of an eye

  86. This looks fantastic! Definitely on my must make list.

  87. I think I need to make this…today…

  88. Carolyn says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chocolate tart look so perfect, Joanne! Lucky Audra, whether this was virtual or not. 😉

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  91. Heidi says:

    Should the Carmel tempurtue by 275? The 374 seems really high. I’m wondering if it is going to harded. I’ve already made it.

    • joanne says:

      The temperature I brought it to was the 374. You can also just not worry about temperature and just use visual cues, cooking it until it’s a medium-dark amber color. It should take about four minutes. Hope that helps!

  92. Jamie says:

    I have avoided making one of these tarts for so long now for I fear the decadence, fear that I would eat way too much of it. So I guess that is the main reason this would be the perfect party treat… sharing 🙂

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  94. Joanne, oh my gawd. . this tart is perfection!!! Wow!! Just stunning, yo.

  95. Sarah D. says:

    How long does this tart last?

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  98. Dana says:

    I’m wondering if you can tell me how long this will take to set at room temperature and if it can or should go in the fridge at some point? Thanks!

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