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THIS CHOCOLATE CARAMEL PIE IS MADE WITH DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE, SALTED CARAMEL AN OREO CRUST AND IS ABSOLUTELY TO DIE FOR!
Sometimes it is just time to make something decadent, and this chocolate caramel pie was just the thing. Now mind you, I have shared many times that lemon desserts are my favorite, however, the boyfriend is a huge fan of chocolate. And I am a huge fan of the boyfriend, so here we are, making chocolate caramel pie. Mom also got the chance to try this on her visit, and I believe she ate the most of it.
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Let’s talk about the Oreo crust. You can make a simple Oreo crust by using just crushed Oreo’s and butter (which is a perfectly delicious crust), OR you can add some crushed hazelnuts for some extra pizzaz.
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For the caramel filling, I use a package of Kraft vanilla caramels. I know, made-from-scratch caramel is better, but I haven’t gotten there yet. It seems there are just not enough hours in the day! For this recipe, all you’ve got to do here is melt the caramels down. If you want to make your own, Sally over at Sally’s Baking Addiction makes a pretty good one here.
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We use a 9″ spring form pan for this pie. If you don’t have one, a regular pie plate will do in a pinch. Make sure your spring form pan is not bent. If it is bent, the pie is hard to remove. Believe me. It took a bit of finagling to get my pie out of the pan. Another learning experience. I learned I need a new spring form pan.
First, spray your spring form pan with nonstick cooking spray. Use a food processor to finely blend Oreos, then add the melted butter, hazelnuts, and almond paste. Like I said earlier, if you want a simple Oreo crust, just omit the almond paste and hazelnuts. Blend together until a dough forms.
Press the mixture into bottom of spring form pan, going up the sides about 1 inch. Bake the crust at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. Cool in the fridge for about an hour before adding the filling.
Place caramels and 4 tbsp. of whipping cream in a bowl and heat over a saucepan until smooth. Stir in the 1/4 tsp. salt and spread in the bottom of the pie crust. It will look like there is not enough, but there is plenty.
Place chocolate chips and cream in a bowl and heat over sauce pan until smooth. Spread over the caramel mixture and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Refrigerate until set, about 2-3 hours.
To serve, let the pie sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, and then slice to serve. Warning – this pie is RICH, a small piece will do it. For most people. Maybe not me, but most people.
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Chocolate Ganache Tart
- 11 oz. caramels (11 oz)
- 4 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- Spray 9" spring form pan with nonstick spray.
- Use a food processor to finely blend Oreos and place in a bowl.
- Add melted butter and mix until the butter has been combined.
- Press crust mixture into bottom of spring form pan, going up about 2 inches.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.
- Cool in fridge for about an hour before adding the filling,
Salted Caramel Filling:
- Place caramels and 4 tbsp. of whipping cream in a bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it is smooth. Stir in the 1/4 tsp. salt and spread in the bottom of the pie crust.
- Place chocolate chips and cream in a bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it is smooth.
- Spread over top of the caramel mixture and sprinkle with sea salt flakes.
- Refrigerate until set, about 2-3 hours.
- Slice with a warmed knife and serve. Store in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.
- Use the back of a flat measuring cup or glass to press the Oreo mixture into the spring form pan. This will help even the crust out;
- Any kind of crust can be used in place of the Oreo crust;
- The pie needs to chill for at least 2-3 hours so it has time to set;
- While the spring form pan is not required, I highly recommend it so you can easily release the tart from the pan, which makes it easier to cut and serve;
- The sprinkled sea salt flakes on top is optional, but I highly recommend it for the best flavor;
- Run a knife under hot water before slicing the tart.
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