Tuesday, 22 January 2013


How is it that 3 weeks have passed but just feel like 3 days... I started this blog with every intention to publish a minimum of 3 recipes per month and hopefully even 4; yet it seems so difficult to sustain that promise. And here I am, 21 days after my New Year's post and just sharing my next one.

In my defense I have the perfect excuse, I am moving from my current flat to a new one. That decision was a spur of a moment, after new years' day and soon turned into solid steps. Apartments' scouting, checking one place after the other for that perfect match of an already finished home & ready to move in to without any make overs; yet having a budget limit to factor. Some places looked like a animals were inhabiting it while others were merely ordinary. However we managed to find that one place that has all I can ask for under one roof; all except for the snow {sniff}.

Early morning starts, time to box, bubble wrap every plate, glass & cup; endless wrapping of furniture, paintings, household items, etc... And of course this means no more utensils to cook or bake a proper meal or treat, just the quick ones like pasta and numerous order-in foods or sandwiches. I did try to bake a strawberry-vanilla cheesecake at my parents' place, but since their oven fan is not functioning properly, it turned out under-cooked yet with a burned top! You would think that would put me down, nevertheless I had another go, with a simple brownies, still the edges were burnt too quickly and the middle well under-cooked.  But what do they say? Third time is a charmer, and thankfully it is! A simple snickers tart or tartelettes where only the crust needs to be baked in the oven :)

The crust recipe is a sweet pastry crust from one of my favorite baking sites Joy of Baking. Layers are that of a snickers bar: toffee, peanuts & chocolate topped with whipped cream & snickers pieces. We had different versions of assembling the tart according to my family and how each wanted their snickers tart to taste like. Some omitted the peanuts, some added butterscotch flavor to the whipping cream and some didn't want the dark chocolate layer at all.

Snickers tart or tartelettes

1 sweet pastry crust recipe
350 ml + 3 tbsp whipping cream
5 snickers bars chopped
Butterscotch flavor to taste (optional)
200 gr Werther's Original cream toffee unwrapped (or Kraft caramels)
100 gr dark chocolate
15 gr unsalted butter
100 gr salted peanuts (optional)

Prepare and bake the sweet pastry crust according to instructions here in either a 22 cm (9 inch) tart pan or 12 individual tartelettes.

While the crust is in the oven, melt the toffee + 3 tbsp whipping cream in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once the crust is out of the oven, spread the melted toffee while both are still warm, it will make the spreading easier since the toffee is sticky and has a thick texture. Add the salted peanuts if using. Let cool.

Melt both the dark chocolate and butter in heatproof bowl over pan of simmering water. Spread on the cooled crust with toffee.  Refrigerate until chilled.

Whip the cream until soft peaks form, add the butterscotch flavor if desired. Spread over the chilled tart and finally add the chopped snickers pieces.

Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

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