• These are the perfect sweet treats to serve this Mother’s Day.

    Recipe by Nomvuselelo Mncube

    Photograph by Dylan Swart

    Salted caramel, chocolate and peanut-butter tartlets

    Serves: 7
    Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins



    • 225g (1. cups) cake flour
    • 50g icing sugar, sifted
    • pinch salt
    • 110g chilled butter, cubed
    • 15ml (1 tbsp) cold water

    • 100g sugar
    • 60ml (1/4 cup) water
    • 15ml (1 tbsp) butter, at room temperature
    • 2,5ml (1/2 tsp) sea salt flakes
    • 30ml (2 tbsp) fresh cream
    • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract

    • 80ml (⅓ cup) fresh cream
    • 100g dark chocolate
    • 230g (3/4 cup) smooth peanut butter
    • 2 x 55g Bar-One chocolate, roughly chopped
    • sea salt flakes, to garnish



    For the shortcrust pastry, preheat the oven to 180˚C. Grease and line the bases of 7 loose-bottomed tartlet tins with a diameter of 9,5cm each. Set aside until needed. In the bowl of a food processor or a large mixing bowl, place the flour, icing sugar, salt and 110g chilled, cubed butter. Blitz the mixture (or rub the butter into the mixture with your fingertips if using a bowl) until a breadcrumb- like consistency is achieved.


    Add the 15ml (1 tbsp) cold water and knead the dough until it comes together. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge, about 15 minutes.


    For the salted caramel, place the sugar and 60ml (1/4 cup) water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Place a sugar thermometer in the saucepan and increase the heat to high. Bring to a boil and continue to boil, about 10 – 15 minutes, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 110°C on the sugar thermometer and the mixture is a deep caramel colour.


    Remove from heat and, working quickly, add the 15ml (1 tbsp) room-temperature butter, the salt and 30ml (2 tbsp) fresh cream, whisking to combine. Return to the heat and cook for a further 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract and cool completely in the saucepan.


    For the chocolate ganache, heat the 80ml (⅓ cup) fresh cream in a saucepan over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Roughly chop the dark chocolate and place in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and stir until the chocolate is melted and thoroughly combined with the cream. Set aside until needed.


    Returning to the pastry, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 0,5cm. Using a 10cmdiameter cookie cutter, cut out 7 discs. Press each pastry disc into a greased tartlet tin, and chill in the fridge, 15 minutes. Remove from the fridge and prick the pastry bases all over with a fork. Line each base with baking paper and baking beans or uncooked rice. Blind-bake in the preheated oven, 15 – 20 minutes. Take out of the oven, remove the baking paper and beans, then return to the oven and bake, about 7 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow the tartlet bases to cool completely in the tins.


    Spread a tablespoonful of peanut butter over each tartlet base and sprinkle the chopped Bar-One chocolate over. Spoon 30ml (2 tbsp) of salted caramel over, spreading as you go. Finish with 30ml (2 tbsp) chocolate ganache spread over each tartlet. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or overnight until ready to serve.


    Scatter sea salt flakes over the tartlets just before serving them.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com