Dark Decedent Salted Turtle Tart

Our family has had several tough weeks with lots of  stress and change.  I have felt stifled, like my mind wouldn’t allow me the escape of creativity.  Have you ever been there?  With this one all I can say is…


I woke up this morning and there it was, in my head….”bake me, bake me.”   So on our way we went, three kids in tow, to Kroger in search of my lusciously dark Lindt Chocolate.  I always have success with Lindt, I think it is a good compromise between price and quality…and they have a great line of dark.  For the mousse in this tart I used their smooth dark, which is 70% cocoa.  Eating this tart reminds me of drinking a Guinness, it is deliciously bitter, dark, complex, yet smooth.  It is wonderful!



Dark Decedent Salted Turtle Tart

Dark Decedent Salted Turtle Tart


  • 2 cups of chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 7 Tbs. melted butter
  • Layers
  • 1 1/2 cup of pecans toasted for 10 minutes at 350
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce *I use Ina Gartens caramel sauce.
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • 1 2/3 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp. instant dark roast coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 7 ounces of Lindt's smooth chocolate
  • Ganache
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 5 ounces of Hersheys extra dark


  1. Combine two cups of chocolate graham cracker crumbs in a bowl and mix with 7 Tbs. of melted butter. Press in to the bottom of a lightly greased tart pan. You may also line the pan with parchment paper. Place in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.
  2. Place 1 1/2 cup of pecan halves on a tray and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Rough chop the pecans. Layer them evenly on top of the cooled crust. Pour the caramel on top of the pecans.
  3. Put 1 2/3 cups of half and half in a medium small sauce pan. Add the instant coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, and salt. Heat and stir just until the cream mixture is about to boil. Add the 7 ounces of Lindt's chocolate and mix until smooth and melted. In a bowl whisk three eggs. Slowly add 1/2 cup of the cream mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly. Then pour the egg mixture into the cream mixture whisking constantly. Pour over into over the pecan/caramel sauce. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-27 minutes or until just set up. The very center may jiggle just slightly. Allow to cool.
  4. Heat 1/4 cup of brown sugar and half and half just until boiling. Add 5 ounces of chocolate and wisk until melted. Allow to cool and pour over the mouse. To finish sprinkle with sea salt, I prefer Fluer de Sel.
  5. Place in the refridgerator to chill.
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*I used Ina’s caramel sauce recipe, find it here.

This would make a great dessert for Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion.   I immediately gave this dessert away because I knew I would lick the pan.



*Check back on Tuesday and see if I won GYCO!  See my entry here.

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  1. O-M-G !!!
    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE what I see here :)
    Definitely my kind of tart – it looks so decadent and rich – YUMMY
    I’m pinning this :)

  2. Welcome back!! This looks amazingly delicious!

  3. Yummy that looks so tastefull. really a tart that makes my heart pounds faster just by the loo :-) thank you for the recipe!

  4. That looks amazing!! I wish I had some right now with a few raspberries on top!

  5. What an impressive dessert! Looks incredible! Pinning … thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks absolutely decadent ! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, it is a perfect Valentine’s dessert. We’d love to have you share at the link party!

  7. This sounds ah-maz-ing! Pinning :)

  8. OH MY! Anything dark and chocolate I’m in! I’m pinning this. So glad you shared. New follower. Found you on Blog Stalking Thursday linky party.

  9. this looks absolutely sinful. Found you on Freedom Fridays . I would like to invite you to our Foodie Friend Friday Linky Party that is starting this evening. If you are interested you can link upto 3 recipes.
    Following your blog now and looking forward to see what other great recipes you may have.

  10. you are back and you rocked this! Hugs and Thank you for sharing at the hop :-)

  11. What an amazing tart to come back with! That is incredible looking!!!

  12. I am so glad you’re back!!!!! I’ve got to make this for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

  13. I am such a sucker for dark chocolate… and tarts…This looks divine. Just curious whether you like Guittard chocolate as well as Lindt? Guittard is my one and only…unless I can afford better. Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com

  14. OMG I’m coming over next time you make this – so amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Oh…my…goodness! This looks absolutely amazing!!! So sinful! Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m your newest follower!

  16. I had no business clicking on that photo! lol It was like an out-of-body experience, where I saw myself not only clicking and reading, but printing out the recipe!! Looks scrumptious!♥

  17. This looks amazing! Yum. I hope you’ll come share at Super Saturday Show & Tell party today!! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

  18. Y.U.M.M.Y!!!!

  19. Think you should call it SO Decadent. Looks amazing!
    I’d love for you to come over and share you ideas at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.

  20. No denying your talent, everything you put up here looks fantabulous, this included!

  21. Thank you foe the recipe. It looks so yummy!

  22. Oh, wow! This looks delicious. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this there!

  23. Wow this looks amazing. So glad you shared it. I need to try this one!

  24. I Love dark chocolate and love Ganache, thank you for combining the two in such a beautiful way. P.S. I love your food photography. This is all I want for Valentine’s Day. I am pinning this recipe for my next Sunday Sweets.

  25. Chocolate on chocolate on even more chocolate … Yes please! Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – see you there again this week with more deliciousness :)

  26. I almost licked my computer screen because this looks so good! I need to make this very soon! I found you from I should be mopping.

  27. L-O-V-E!
    Looks amazing!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  28. Oh.my.goodness. That looks so good! Glad you’re back to your normal self. Stopping by from Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop–thanks for sharing this!

  29. Oh my yummy goodness! This looks absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  30. This looks rich and delicious, Stephanie. Thanks for sharing at Tasty Thursdays!! Nichi

  31. Stopping by from the blog hop! That tart looks so fantastically delicious. I am starting a Baking Bucket List and this has to be on it.

    Thanks for sharing! Stop by my blog and see what’s going on…A cool giveaway and more…

  32. I want to eat this now! It looks so delicious!!

  33. wow, that is dark and decadent :o) yum, Thanks for sharing at Tasteful Tuesdays this week! Do you sew or know someone who does? I have a fabulous pattern sale (18 patterns for under $25) and giveaway going on right now.http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/02/sew-fab-e-pattern-sale-and-giveaway.html

  34. Wow, this looks soooooooo good. Thanks for sharing at TTT. Hugs, Marty

  35. Sign me up for the NEXT Weight Watchers meeting, I’m to busy eating a Salted Turtle tart to attend. Thanks for the recipe! I follow you via Pintrest. I host a weekly party that starts at 6:00pm every Tuesday called Fluster’s Creative Muster Party. I would love for you to stop by and share your talent and creativity.

    Hugs and Smiles,

    Robin @ Fluster Buster
    Follow My Blog with GFC

  36. This looks fabulous!! YUM! I just followed by linky. I know I was following on your other blog. Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!

  37. You. Are. Killing. Me!

    Thanks for sharing with the Clever Chicks again this week! ♥

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  38. Thank you for linking up your awesome project! We’ve already got our next Showcase up, so come stop by and link up another project!

    Have a great week!

  39. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Whoa! How fantastic is this?! Wait … don’t answer that – I am drooling over here! Pinned :) Thank you for sharing at last week’s week’s All My Bloggy Friends :)

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