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PEPPERMINT CRISP TART

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If you’re a fan of decadent desserts that are both easy to make and utterly delicious, then this Peppermint Crisp Tart is for you. This South African classic is a favorite at gatherings and special occasions, combining the rich flavors of caramel, cream, mint chocolate, and a crunchy biscuit base. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about making the perfect Peppermint Crisp Tart, including variations, keto and low-carb options, cooking notes, and frequently asked questions. Let’s dive into the world of this scrumptious dessert!

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Ingredients

For the Peppermint Crisp Tart:

  • 1 liter cold heavy cream
  • 2 cans (360 grams each) Nestle Caramel Treat or dulce de leche
  • 4 mint-flavored chocolate bars (e.g., four 49-gram Nestle Peppermint Crisps)
  • 400 grams coconut biscuits or Tennis biscuits (two 200g packs)

Instructions

1. Prepare the Biscuit Base:

  1. Crush Biscuits: Start by crushing the coconut or Tennis biscuits into fine crumbs. You can use a food processor for this, or place the biscuits in a resealable bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  2. Layer Biscuits: Spread a layer of the crushed biscuits evenly over the base of your serving dish or tart pan.

2. Make the Cream Mixture:

  1. Whip Cream: In a large mixing bowl, whip the cold heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Be careful not to over-whip the cream.
  2. Add Caramel: Gently fold in the Nestle Caramel Treat or dulce de leche into the whipped cream. Mix until well combined.

3. Assemble the Tart:

  1. First Layer: Spread a third of the cream and caramel mixture over the biscuit base.
  2. Add Chocolate: Grate one of the mint-flavored chocolate bars over the cream layer.
  3. Repeat Layers: Add another layer of biscuits, followed by another third of the cream mixture and grated chocolate. Repeat until you have three layers, ending with the cream mixture on top.
  4. Final Chocolate Layer: Grate the remaining mint-flavored chocolate bars over the top layer of cream.

4. Chill and Serve:

  1. Chill: Refrigerate the tart for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld and the dessert to set.
  2. Serve: Slice and serve chilled. Enjoy your delicious Peppermint Crisp Tart!

Cooking Notes and Variations

Cooking Notes:

  • Whipping Cream: Ensure the cream is very cold before whipping to achieve the best texture.
  • Caramel Mixing: Fold the caramel gently into the whipped cream to maintain the light and airy texture.
  • Biscuit Base: For a firmer base, you can mix the crushed biscuits with a little melted butter before layering.

Variations:

  • Different Flavors: Substitute the mint-flavored chocolate with other chocolate flavors if you prefer. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate works well.
  • Fruit Addition: Add a layer of sliced strawberries or bananas between the cream layers for a fruity twist.
  • Nutty Texture: Sprinkle chopped nuts such as almonds or pecans between the layers for added crunch.

Keto and Low-Carb Version

Ingredients:

  • For the Base:
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1/4 cup coconut flour
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
    • 1/4 cup powdered erythritol
  • For the Cream Mixture:
    • 1 liter cold heavy cream
    • 2/3 cup powdered erythritol
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup sugar-free caramel syrup
  • For the Topping:
    • 4 sugar-free mint chocolate bars, grated

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Base: Mix almond flour, coconut flour, melted butter, and powdered erythritol in a bowl. Press into the base of your tart pan.
  2. Make the Cream Mixture: Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the powdered erythritol, vanilla extract, and sugar-free caramel syrup.
  3. Assemble and Chill: Follow the same layering process as the original recipe, using the keto-friendly ingredients. Chill and serve.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I make the Peppermint Crisp Tart ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can make this tart a day in advance. In fact, it tastes even better after chilling overnight as the flavors meld together.

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Q: What if I can’t find Peppermint Crisp chocolate bars?

A: You can substitute with any mint-flavored chocolate or even regular chocolate with a few drops of mint extract for a similar flavor profile.

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Q: Can I use a different type of biscuit?

A: Absolutely! While Tennis biscuits are traditional, you can use any type of coconut biscuit or even graham crackers.

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Q: How do I store leftovers?

A: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Q: Can I freeze the Peppermint Crisp Tart?

A: Yes, you can freeze the tart for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Peppermint Crisp Tart is a delightful dessert that is sure to impress at any gathering. With its creamy layers, minty chocolate, and crunchy biscuit base, it’s a treat that everyone will love. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or try out the keto and low-carb version, this tart is a guaranteed hit. Enjoy the process of making and savoring this delicious dessert!

Now that you have the ultimate guide to making Peppermint Crisp Tart, it’s time to get baking! Whether you’re new to this dessert or a seasoned pro, this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Happy baking!

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