Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chocolate Truffle Tartlets

The sensible part of me wants to avoid buying specialty pans that I won't use very often.  Okay, I admit to buying a mini madeleine pan but I'm proud to say that I resisted buying a kugelhopf pan.

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie pick is Chocolate Truffle Tartlets.  To make this recipe as written you need  six 4 1/2 " tartlet pans.  Well.  I own two 4" pans, one 7 1/2" pan and one 9" pan.  I love making tarts because whenever I do, I feel like I have leapt over the dividing wall between home baker and "professional" baker.  My tarts always come out beautifully perfect, thanks to Dorie Greenspan's excellent recipes.

So I hemmed and hawed about buying 4 more little tart pans and finally decided I would splurge and do it.  My husband and I went to our local cooking supply store and to complicate my decision-making process, they did not have 4 little pans!  They did have something that resembled a muffin tin with 4 tarts built in.  But somehow, that was not as appealing as 4 little individual tart pans.  And it was $26 which seemed like a bit of a splurge for something I didn't really need or want.

Next to the metal pans, they had stiff paper tart pans in assorted sizes--none of which were the size I was looking for!  And they seemed pretty pricey for something that you were going to toss away.  Plus I wasn't convinced that they'd provide the nice edge that metal tart pans do.

I left the store without having bought a thing!  Instead, I did the math and decided to use my two little pans and the 7 1/2 incher that I already owned.

The crust is made ahead and is sort of a cross between a pie dough and a cookie sweet crust.

Fitting the crust into one of the cute little 4" pans

Rolling out the dough onto freezer paper--a brilliant idea which prevented the dough from sticking.
I was so pleased with the dough!

I rolled the dough onto the rolling pin to move it to the pan.
The chopped white chocolate, milk chocolate, and homemade biscotti--ready to be stirred into the filling.

 Okay, so I have no pictures of making the filling because you need to be on your toes and your hands are really busy!

The cooling tarts.

Ready for my guests which somebody called a Mickey Mouse arrangement (!) with additional choices of chocolate biscotti and heart-shaped speculoos.  

Before the large tart was entirely eaten!

One comment about the texture:  when I was preparing the tarts, I had a bit of crust and a bit of filling left over so I put that in a little ramekin and baked it.  The recipe says to let cool for 20 minutes and then serve, so after 20 minutes, I tasted the ramekin tart.  The filling was gooey--almost pudding-like--and delicious!  A couple of hours later when I served the tarts to my guests, the filling was more solid.  Still very delicious.  I'm anxious to read about other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers' experiences.

For this recipe, rush right out and buy Dorie Greenspan's Baking with Julia or visit this week's Tuesdays with Dorie hosts,Spike of Spike Bakes or Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon.


  1. Gorgeous tarts! I too thought about adding to my tart pan collection, but I think all of our TWD baking practice has empowered us to use what we have and just go for it. Thanks for baking along with me this week!

  2. Confession...I'm such a gadget lover. I had many of these tarlet pans, since I love anything miniature.

    Great photos!


    1. Here is my corrected blog link:
      Carmen @ http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com

      Chocolate Tart post:

  3. I'm also trying to use what I have and buy less specialty gadgets and ingredients. Looks like you managed just fine and all came out well!

  4. That is so funny, because I had that same debate with myself about whether to buy the tart pans or not. I too did not and made do with what I had. Looks like it worked out great for you!

  5. I love all of the different sizes! No new pans needed!

  6. It really does look a little bit like Mickey Mouse. Looks great!

  7. I'm a sucker for new pans. I didn't make these but will soon. They look delicious.

  8. I like your arrangement a'la Disney. It sounds like the universe helped you along this week :-)
    Very nice.