Salted Caramel-Vanilla Bean Custard Tart

salted caramel-vanilla bean custard tart Dessert
Salted Caramel-Vanilla Bean Custard Tart
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 4 hr 45 min
  • Servings 8

The perfect finale for an elegant meal, this tart features layers of complex flavors and a silky, creamy texture. MORE+ LESS-

Deborah Harroun
Updated April 5, 2016


Vanilla Bean Custard

cups whole milk
vanilla bean
cup sugar
cup cornstarch
egg yolks
cup butter, softened, cut into small cubes

Chocolate Crust

Oreo chocolate creme sandwich cookies
cup butter, melted

Salted Caramel

bag (14 oz) caramels, unwrapped
cup evaporated milk (from 12-oz can)
teaspoon salt


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  • 1
    Pour whole milk into large saucepan. With sharp paring knife, cut slit down middle of vanilla bean. Scrape seeds from inside bean; add seeds and bean to milk. Slowly heat to boiling over low heat.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix sugar and cornstarch with whisk. Add egg yolks; mix with whisk until combined. Slowly add about 1/2 cup of the hot milk to egg mixture, stirring constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • 3
    Press custard through fine-mesh strainer into bowl. Add 1/4 cup butter, one piece at a time, stirring with whisk until incorporated. Press plastic wrap on surface of custard. Refrigerate until completely cooled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • 4
    Heat oven to 350°F. Place cookies in food processor. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses until fine crumbs form. (Or place cookies in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and finely crush with rolling pin or meat mallet.) In medium bowl, mix cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press mixture into bottom and up side of 11-inch tart pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until set. Cool.
  • 5
    In medium saucepan, heat caramels and evaporated milk over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted. Stir until smooth; stir in salt. Remove from heat.
  • 6
    To assemble, pour salted caramel into crust; spread evenly. Let stand at least 15 minutes to set up. Remove custard from refrigerator and stir with whisk until smooth. Carefully spread custard over caramel layer. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • This tart is best served immediately after the custard has been spread on the caramel layer. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until ready to serve. The custard will start to separate after a few hours, so it’s best to serve as soon as possible.
  • The custard and crust can both be made up to a day in advance.

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