17 November 2007

Blackberry Chocolate Tartlets

I bought mini tartlet tins a million years ago (or so it seems), and I had yet to use them. Then I happened upon this chocolate tartlet recipe on the Ghirardelli site, and they were just so darling. I just had to make them. Chocolate and more chocolate and fruit cannot be bad.

These tarts are gorgeous and very tasty, and I'm glad I used my mini tartlets instead of the larger ones - the shortbread-like chocolate crust and chocolate-y ganache make for a very filling dessert. Mini tartlets are just a few bites, perfect for this recipe. The original recipe called for raspberries, but blackberries were cheaper - not to mention fresher looking - at the grocery store. Plus, I just adore their rich midnight-blue color.
Chocolate Blackberry Tartlets

14 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
6 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa
12 Tbsp. unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
6 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 c. cake flour
1 c. heavy cream
3 c. fresh blackberries
1 pinch of salt

In a food processor, process butter, sugar and salt until creamy. Add cocoa; process until smooth. Add flour; pulse until crumbly. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces, flatten each piece into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Remove 1 piece of dough at a time from refrigerator; roll out into 6-inch circle between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. If dough gets too soft, refrigerate until firm before continuing. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap; invert dough circle over a 4 1/2-inch nonstick tartlet pan with removable bottom. Keeping plastic wrap on top side, press dough into bottom and sides of pan. Trim excess dough; carefully peel off plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining dough to make 6 tartlet shells. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Heat oven to 375ºF. Prick bottom of tartlet shells all over with fork. Bake about 15 minutes or until dough looks dry. Cool completely in pans.

In saucepan over medium heat, bring cream to simmer. Remove from heat; add chocolate. Let sit until chocolate melts; whisk gently to combine. Cool to room temperature; pour 1/3 cup chocolate mixture into each tartlet shell. Refrigerate tartlets at least 1 hour or until filling is firm. Carefully remove tartlets from pans. Arrange blackberries decoratively on top of filling.

Tips: (1) Recipe also makes 1 large tart; use an 8-inch nonstick tart pan with removable bottom. (2) To make smaller tartlets, press dough into muffin tin compartments lined with paper or foil muffin cups. Remove muffin cups after filling and chilling tartlets. (3) Instead of rolling, press dough into tartlet shells with fingertips; chill and bake as above.


food makes me happy said...

I love this recipe!

Anonymous said...

These are really lovely - and the blackberries look like a chocolate decoration more than a fruit, making the chocolate look almost purple. Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

these are so pretty

Sneige said...

aw, these look fantastic! so nice and elegant!
great design!

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