Caramel Walnut Tart

You just have to make this one, it is so very delicious, it is nothing like anything you will have bought (as the nuts turn stale quickly).

You can make it Vegan too if you prefer and again, it will be a pudding that is full of flavours not just sweet.

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Caramel Walnut Tart

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8 oz Plain flour
3 oz icing sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
4 oz butter, at room temperature cut into small pieces
1 egg

Vegan Pastry:

8 oz Plain flour
3 oz icing sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
4 oz sunflower margarine, at room temperature cut into small pieces
1 tbsp vinegar mixed into 50 ml cold water

Sift together the flour, salt and sugar.
Now you can either put the floury mix and butter (or margarine) into a bowl and rub the fat into the flour using your finger tips or into a food processor and run until it just starts to look bread crumby, don’t go too long otherwise it will be overworked.

(Vegans this is where you will add the water and vinegar mix).

Beat the egg. Now if you have used a processor, get the mix into an ordinary bowl or onto a clean floured work surface and add in enough egg (it will be most of the egg) – or water/ vinegar mix – and mix it to a nice soft but not sticky ball of dough.
Wrap in cling film and pop into the fridge for 20 minutes.

Have a cup of tea and clean up. Preheat the oven to 400˚F /200˚C / Gas 6.

Get the pastry out of the fridge and give it 5 minutes to get rid of that fridge hardness.
Flour the work surface and roll the pastry out and line a 23 cm loose bottomed tart tin.
Line the inside of the pastry with paper and fill with some dried beans.
Pop into the oven and bake for 20 minutes-ish.
Remove beans and paper and pop back for another 7 minutes, or until just going golden at the edges.
Set to one side.

30g / 1 oz butter (Vegans use sunflower oil)
410g / 14 oz can Evaporated milk (Vegans use 250ml of water)
360g / 12 oz granulated sugar
180g / 
6 oz muscavado sugar
60g / 2 oz golden syrup
1 zest of an orange
1 tsp vanilla
330g / 11 oz walnuts, toasted, chopped
1 tsp salt

Stir the milk, sugar and syrup in heavy bottomed medium saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Increase the heat and boil it until the mixture bubbles thickly and the colour darkens slightly, about 6 minutes. If you are using a sugar thermometer then aim for soft ball – 240˚C


Remove it from the heat and stir in the salt and the orange zest then quickly add in the walnuts, butter (or oil) and put it back onto the heat and allow it to come back up to a good bubble as you stir it.


Now take it and pour it straight into the pastry case spreading, gently poke it about to spread the nuts and caramel over the case.


Set it to one side to cool.

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5 thoughts on “Caramel Walnut Tart

    • Hi Joanie, well I think it may be nice to try with Pecans perhaps. You kind of don’t want to use a totally spherical, solid nut as the ridge texture helps with the caramel coating and also the cutting of it.

      How about trying it with a mix of seeds and nuts, perhaps some hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds would work well together.

      let me know how it goes


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