Sunday, August 30, 2009

Number 9: Mini chocolate cream tarts

Baking for my mom's friends is no fun - they tend to not eat a lot of sweet things, and they ALWAYS complain about how they can't eat a lot of sweet things. Such a shame.

So I made mini chocolate cream tarts to fulfill their sweet tooth and still feel good about themselves (mom's friends' birthday party was yesterday).

Mini chocolate cream tarts
with chocolate shavings

For the crust (adapted from Tartelette's shortbread cookies)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tspoon vanilla extract
1/4 tspoon salt

For the chocolate cream see here

For the whipped cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tspoon powdered gelatin
3 tablespoons cold water

For the crust
1. Cream butter and sugar
2. Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract
3. Add flour with salt
4. Turn out, wrap in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least two hours
5. Roll out and press into tart tins
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

For the whipped cream
1. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water
2. Over boiling water, dissolve the gelatin without stirring until the water is clear
3. Let cool to room temperature
4. Beat the whipping cream until medium-thick
5. Add half the sugar
6. Beat until just stiff
7. Add the gelatin/water, mix to incorporate
8. Beat in the rest of the sugar

To assemble
1. Pipe pastry cream into tart crusts
2. Using a star tip pipe whipped cream on top
3. Top with chocolate shavings

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