Tuesday, February 21, 2012

TWD: Baking with Julia- Chocolate Truffle Tartlets

Chocolate Truffle Tartlets. What's not to love?

With a crust made of chocolate dough and a filling of melted bittersweet chocolate with pieces of milk chocolate, white chocolate and biscotti stirred into it, who would not want to bake this dessert?

Me. I wanted to eat it, but I definitely didn't want to bake it. At least not by myself. I found myself really wishing that Laura and I were taking this recipe on together (in the same kitchen) instead of "together" (but actually hundreds of miles apart on opposite sides of the country).

This recipe intimidated me so much that I watched a video of its creator, David Ogonowski, making the crust. (I watched it more than once. Probably four times.) The idea of putting the ingredients straight onto the countertop and mixing them with my fingers...putting eggs and ice water into that mixture...no bowl? no spoon?...pretty much seemed beyond my capabilities as a baker. Furthermore, this recipe needs its own special mini tart pan - a tartlet pan. No, six mini tart pans. With removable bottoms. 

Not to worry, the more experienced bakers, said - just use your tart pan if you don't have any mini tart pans.

I didn't have a tart pan, either.

Worries or not, I decided to tackle the recipe with everything I had.

Here is what I learned:

1. This was not beyond my capabilities.
2. This dessert is worth the work involved.
3. Putting the ingredients right on the counter and mixing everything right there makes me feel pretty hard core!

I was able to find four mini tart pans at TJ Maxx (love that place!) for $4.99. Bargain. The results were so lovely.

Now I am the kind of baker who owns her own tartlet pans. With removable bottoms. 

Here is how they turned out. (Mine looked shiny on top because I do not have a food stylist to arrange the lighting for my photos. Maybe I'll get better at that part. Anyway, the tarts were definitely done, not gooey or wet on the top!):

Here is what The Boy thought of them ("I really get to eat my whole, own, very own, whole pie thingy all to myself?"):

Here is what was left when George (aka "Least Likely to Ever Order a Chocolate Dessert") was done with his:

I think that was all the review I needed.

Be sure to see my sister Laura's Rustic Alaskan Tartlets here. She did a great job improvising in true Western Alaska fashion.

To see the recipe, check our hosts' blogs this week - you can find Jaime's blog here, Jessica's here, Spike's here and Steph's here. Or, check out all the bakers' results by visiting Tuesdays with Dorie.