Serve these mini tarts with a cup of hot coffee. Photo / Babiche Martens

Mini Caramel & Pistachio Nut Tarts

Treat yourself to the perfect sweetness and crunch of these little tartlets

I took of photo of a delicious pistachio caramel tart I ate in Como and this is my version, using peanuts alongside the pistachios. It’s perfect for a sweet treat, served with a coffee, or bag it up for a scrumptious gift.

Makes 24 mini tarts

1 1/4 cups flour
½ cup icing sugar
½ tsp ground ginger
150g cold butter, cubed

50g butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cream
1 egg, whisked

Caramel Nuts
1/4 cup runny honey
1/4 cup caster sugar
50g butter
½ cup chopped toasted peanuts
3/4 cup chopped toasted pistachios

1. Preheat oven to 180C.

2. To make the pastry, into a food processor place the flour, icing sugar, ginger and cold butter. Blitz until it forms a dough ball. Place on to a lightly floured bench and roll to ½cm thick. Using a cutter make 24 rounds and press carefully into 2 x 12 mini muffin tins. Place into the fridge until ready to bake.

3. For the filling, into a small saucepan place the butter, sugar and cream, warming through until the sugar has dissolved. Cool, then add the egg. Divide the mixture between tart cases, then bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool before removing the tarts from the tins.

4. To make the caramel nuts, into a small saucepan place the honey, sugar and butter. Melt slowly then bring to a simmer, stirring until it turns a light caramel colour. Remove from the heat and stir through the nuts. Place teaspoonfuls on to the top of the tarts and allow to harden before enjoying. Store in an airtight container.

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