June 24, 2010

Sweet Life: Chocolate and Caramel Tarts

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Pregnant with the Future

I have never imagined to live without chocolate. Although I don't really eat much of it, I keep baking with chocolate every now and then. I regard chocolate as the greatest lover of flavour-some love, the essential of edible food God ever created that can give sensual mischief within one self.

And chocolate with cream, what a combination it would be? Double, perhaps triple enjoyment, especially when you are in full-excitement with the present of your true lover, then chocolate will work itself to the road of perfectly alluring destination. True excitement. Yeah! It's aphrodisiac sense does its best when you are in love.

Well, chocolate and love are just the greatest mixture of life, don't you think? Sweet life, adorable love, seductive affection, you name it, are just a little out of many effects cacao beans can charm you.

What if, love is dark chocolate and life is sweet caramel? Your conclusion of life perhaps ends this way: luscious and sweet.

Chocolate Caramel Tart

I baked Chocolate and Caramel Tarts last week, just to celebrate luscious love in sweet life. Love of dark chocolate will never end, since it is to fill the sweetest life a journey you and I are having.

Chocolate and Caramel Tarts
by Arfi Binsted

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Sweet Caramel

1 can of sweetened condensed milk, cook it as you make dulce de leche. Set aside to cool.

200g plain flour, sifted with 50g Dutch cocoa powder
115g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
100g icing sugar, sifted
1 egg yolk (from 70g egg)
1-2 Tbs cold water

Place sifted flour and cocoa in a food processor with chilled butter and icing sugar. Pulse until resemble fine breadcrumbs. Mix egg yolk with cold water, add into the mixture. Pulse again until the mixture forms a smooth dough. Do not over-mix, or you'll have tough pastry. Transfer the mixture on a plastic wrap, gather gently and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll out to a thickness you prefer, but I roll it really thin so that I can taste more chocolate in the filling rather than pastry. After all, I just eat the filling as I only can eat gluten-free goodies.

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Line 6 mini tart tins with the pastry, chill for 15-20 minutes, depending on how 'wet' your pastry is. The more it's chilled the less it will shrink when it's baked. Blind bake for 8-10 minutes, lift up the pastry weights (raw beans, rice, or special gadget for pastry baking), and bake further 3 minutes.

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Dark Chocolate Filling

250g dark chocolate (I used Valrhona Manjari), melted, set aside
155g thick cream
100g full-cream milk
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
2 Tbs ground almond

Whisk eggs and egg yolk until combined. Cook cream and milk until about to boil. Pour in a thin stream into the whisked eggs until well-mixed. Return this mixture on top of a double boiler, to cook until thickened. Add in ground almond.

Turn the oven down to 150C-160C.

Pour the dulce de leche in to the base of tarts and topped with dark chocolate filling. Bake for 5-6 minutes, removed from the oven. Let cool and then spread with thin dark ganache (dark chocolate and thin cream, cook together. Add rum butter or vanilla extract to flavour). Served with whipped cream and garnish as you wish. Makes 6.


Chris said...

First, that first picture is truly stunning.

I love that you posted this right after I woke from my Chocolate slumber. LOL These look amazing and not impossible to make! yum!

Barbara said...

Lovely tummy shot arfi.

The tarts are too gorgeous for words.


Happy Cook said...

I love that first pic :-) when are you due.
And the cake is just so velbery gorgeous like you. I am bookmarking them.

Aparna said...

Yes, chocolate is perfect. And your tarts are the perfect setting for them.

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Great pregnancy shot Arfi! The tarts almost look too good to eat. Absolutely gorgeous!

Anh said...

Arfi, so cute! :)

Love these tartlets!

Giuky said...

queste crostatine sono gustosissime!
anche io senza cioccolato non mi immagino di vivere!:)brava!e complimenti per il blog!:)

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

I love the curly twigs. The last photo with the bite out of the tart makes me hungry!

Y said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! And life would certainly be less sweet without chocolate :)

Hesti HH. said...

Mbak...aku dah coba resepnya dan enak banget. Tapi aku gak berhasil bikin karamel seperti punya mbak Arfi. Karamelku keras. But makasih banyak mbak resepnya. Izin share ya...