Donna Hay easy chocolate and caramel tart for dessert

15 May


This is the ultimate after diner treat for those who live by the credo that there’s no such thing as too sweet.

I love Donna Hay, I love her recipes and I especially love her dessert and baked recipes. They are doable and punch way above their weight in terms of effort versus result.

At my Easter brunch this year, when I catered for several thousand rather than my actual guest list of family, I made this tart as the token chocolate dish. I always expect people to be ‘chocolated out’ at Easter events and I am always proved wrong. In my experience chocolate anything is always the first to vanish from a dessert smorgasbord.


This is a super easy, do ahead number that doesn’t even require you to make pastry. Winner! Naturally home-made pastry will look and taste better than the shop-bought stuff but I didn’t hear a single complaint…

Cut this tart into elegantly thin slivers as it is rich. And sweet. And you will want all your friends and family to try it.


380g can sweetened condensed milk

200g dark chocolate, chopped

1 sheet store-bought shortcrust pastry, thawed

2 tablespoons golden syrup

60g butter

2 tablespoons pouring cream


 Let’s get to it:

Preheat oven to 200°C and spray a 20cm fluted loose-bottomed round tart tin with non-stick spray.

Place pastry in tin, gently prick with fork, line with non-stick baking paper, fill with baking weights and blind bake for 13 minutes. Remove the baking paper and weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until light golden. Set aside to cool.  (You can do up to here a day or so in advance – keep the shell in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Put condensed milk, golden syrup and butter in a saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring continuously, for a few minutes or until thickened slightly. Don’t take your eyes off it as you don’t want a gooey, sticky mess burnt on the saucepan.

Pour into the pastry case and refrigerate until set – I allowed a few hours.

Place the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until melted and glossy. Spread the chocolate mixture over the caramel and refrigerate until set – I left mine over night.





58 Responses to “Donna Hay easy chocolate and caramel tart for dessert”

  1. frankiesfeast May 15, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    I love donna hay too, you’re spot on with the effort versus result thing!! This looks lovely!

    • thehungrymum May 16, 2014 at 7:33 am #

      Donna for PM! She’d get this country going again 🙂

  2. acasadisimi May 15, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    so good!

  3. richa0112 May 15, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Looks so delicious, i also love the easiness and the result of Donna Hay’s amazing recipes 🙂

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      You can’t beat a Donna recipe for simplicity & wow factor 🙂

      • richa0112 June 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

        So true, trying my hand on her easy brownies ☺

  4. alifemoment May 15, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Yummy and looking delicious! 🙂

  5. agentjustyna May 15, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    This looks beautiful. The recipe is right up my alley, I don’t bother with sweets unless I get to fall into a sugar-induced coma afterwards 😉 I’m totally trying this recipe.

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2014 at 11:42 am #

      Sugar coma is right! This is packed full of the stuff but if you like sweet you’ll LOVE this.

  6. craftysorcha May 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Oh this is like millionaire shortbread in tart form! Love it!

    • thehungrymum May 16, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      Yes, you’re right 🙂 A good combo of flavours, I reckon.

  7. scarletscorchdroppers May 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    Chocolate defiantly is the best for desserts! This looks delicious 🙂

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      Indeed – you’ll get no argument there 🙂

  8. May 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Looks delicious and chocolatey 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 16, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      If chocolate is your thing you NEED this tart in your life 🙂

  9. sophiebowns May 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Very delicious indeed!

    • thehungrymum May 16, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      It has all the god things: choc. Caramel. Sugar. #swoon

  10. sarahgiebens May 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    It looks so tasty!

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      It was but a sliver was plenty #SoRich

      • sarahgiebens June 1, 2014 at 11:47 am #

        Haha I can imagine that 🙂

  11. la Greg May 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    wonderful tart!!!

    • thehungrymum May 16, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      Cheers! Is good for a party as a little bit goes a long way.

  12. prairiepalate May 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    OMG! Looks extremely tasty!

  13. ohlidia May 16, 2014 at 1:04 am #

    I too love Donna Hay! Gorgeous tart!

    • thehungrymum May 16, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      I reckon she deserves to be knighted! Arise, Dame Donna 🙂

  14. Little Gumnut May 16, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    Oh dear. You’re going to be tempting me to make this again! Everyone I know is doing the I Quit Sugar book and here I am considering chocolate tart!

    • thehungrymum May 16, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      I’ll tell you what Sophie, you & I can be the only ones *not* quitting sugar & we’ll be the happiest people in the Shire 🙂

  15. mommycookforme May 16, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    it looks delicious , thanks for your sharing!

  16. ann May 16, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Wow that looks amazing!! I love something so simple yet so effective.
    Visiting from Fabulous Foodie Fridays.

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Thanks 🙂 It certainly is a sweet treat 🙂

  17. Liz May 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    tha’t a wow–looks a bit like something I know of as “crack pie.” I Quit Sugar sounds like a very sad book, lol. Love what you’ve done here 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 17, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      Crack pie! Love it! I will NEVER quit sugar 🙂

  18. Lauren @ Create Bake Make May 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Love this, love Donna and I’m loving your blog! Thanks for linking up with us, hope to see you again next week x

    • thehungrymum May 17, 2014 at 8:16 am #

      awww, ta! Right back atcha! How great is the blogging community?

  19. bakeplaysmile May 18, 2014 at 4:52 am #

    Oh I can’t wait to try this… Donna Hay is just the best!!!

  20. ConUnPocoDiZucchero Elena May 18, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    gnam!!! 🙂

  21. Jill @ Vintage Kitchen May 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Donna Hay is my muse! I have all her cookbooks!!! Her recipes are the best! Looks delish!

  22. Midge May 19, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    This is definitely something I could bring out for pudding at the end of dinner – and it’d disappear lickety-split! 😀

    • thehungrymum May 21, 2014 at 2:59 am #

      Yep – don’t turn your back on this tart for a sec or you’ll miss out 🙂

  23. Choc Chip Uru May 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    This caramel choc tart looks so addictive, really want to try it 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum May 21, 2014 at 4:12 am #

      Cheers CCU – is rich & gooey & so uber-sweet [and easy!].

  24. Stephanie May 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    I love chocolate caramel tarts! They are insanely sweet but oh so good!

  25. Von May 23, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    Wow…several thousand? How many of these did you make? Chocolate is always so popular everywhere- whenever I bring food to a party or something, I always make sure to make it chocolate because then it’s almost certain to be a hit! 😀 This chocolate caramel tart looks amazing!

    • thehungrymum May 27, 2014 at 8:06 am #

      I tend to go OTT when it comes to catering for events 🙂 I believe the more food the better!

  26. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) May 24, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    It really is so simple and looks delicious

  27. LFFL May 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    I always say you can’t go wrong with CHOCOLATE anything!

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