2012/02/20

And it started with a cocoa shower... (TWD/ BWJ: Chocolate Truffle Tartlets)

If these were currency, they would contain a lot of "zero-s", because they were very, very rich.

 

And since these were so rich, I should have had them pay for maid service. To clean up the mess I made when the back of my food processor wasn't securely fastened and the dough mix shot out the back end all over the place...

Warning: short rant. I received a new Cuisinart food processor for Christmas. It has a 12 cup and 4 cup bowl. I totally love it. One major flaw - the back of the lid snaps on; however, the lid doesn't have to be snapped into place to engage the processor - only the piece in the front has to be secured. If you don't snap it in all the way... this happens.  I have made this error more than once - can you say flying peanut chunks? One of these days, I will learn.


Moving along. This week's selection for Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia was Chocolate Truffle Tartlets hosted by Spike of Spike Bakes, Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon Jaime of Good Eats and Sweet Treats, and Jessica of Cookbookhabit.

Please check out their sites for the recipe for this week's challenge. 



It all started with chocolate dough. Hello, chocolate dough...


I was able to use my outdoor refrigerator to keep the shells chilled.



And then there was the filling. Hello, eggs!

 

Hello, chocolate!



Hello, creamy filling!



Put them all together and sweet richness exists.

Final verdict - a very rich dessert that would make any chocoholic squeal with delight. Chocolate shower - optional. Vanilla ice cream - mandatory.


This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia. Please check it out to see other bloggers creations.

63 comments:

  1. Your tarts look great! I agree - very rich. We all split ours for dessert last night, which means we each get another half tonight :D

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  2. It looks fantastic, and yes, very rich but sooooo delicious!!!

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  3. Hello yummy tarts! They look great, and I agree that they are RICH!

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  4. Agree with you...Vanilla Ice Cream...mandatory. I opted for a cold glass of milk. So rich and yummy.

    Got a chuckle from your opening sentence...funny!

    Carmen @ http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com

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  5. These look great Cher - but yeah, they were rich.

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  6. These were deinitely very rich.

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  7. LOL, if it makes you feel any better, my food processor I bought used from someone that assured me that while it wasn't in its original box, all the parts that came with it are with it now. And while I only paid $10 for it, it wasn't until I made my first dough and sprayed flour all over my counter did I realize there should have been some sort of insert to block the stuff inside from shooting out and down the shoot that is aimed at the counter... I just dealt with it until the husband unit fitted it with a crude piece of plastic from a coffee jar that he cut and "custom fit"...! LOL!

    Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

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  8. It looks like you had a lot of fun with this challenge, Cher! LOL! We thought they were really rich, too. We split one & I still have 2 in the freezer.

    Have a great week!

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  9. The mess was worth it...beautiful tarts. I cracked up at your outdoor kitchen. I remember I had a back porch when we lived in Watertown for two years...I could freeze ice cubes. And then we moved to Syracuse for 5 years...had to move to AZ so I could thaw. Don't know how I stayed alive! I've been dreaming about a newer, bigger food processor...when we get rich...but after hearing from a few friends, including you...and I know how brain dead I get...I think I'll love me current model and keep it.

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  10. LOL I love your outdoor refrigerator! I like what you did with the crusts -- you made them higher so I reckon they would be able to hold more filling? Great technique! I'll try that next time.

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  11. Yeah well I chose to pass on this one simply because they looked so rich but now I am marking them as a "must make" next time there is a dinner party. YUM!!

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  12. I added a little butterscotch to mine so I think that took some of the richness out of these. they were delicious. yours look fabulous.

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  13. Ohhh, yummy! I think they tasted great.

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  14. Gah! I knew I should've served these with ice cream. The chocolate was a lot! Yours look great!

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  15. Hehe...sorry..."chocolate shower" just sounds so wrong. lol Those tarts look amazing!

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  16. Your tarts make me wish I had started the group for this recipe, instead of waiting until March! Just might have to make them this weekend, though - I have small ring molds that are calling out for something chocolatey. (Ugh, about your food processor - there would've been blue language flying freely if mine had done that to my kitchen.)

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  17. Don't you hate when that happens...I make a chocolate cookie in my food processor that always give me a shower of cocoa. Your tartlets look beautiful and so delicious! They were very rich...a chocoholics dream!

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  18. Ha! I LOVE your outdoor refrigerator! :) How frustrating about the Cuisinart. I am so surprised they messed with their design. You should write them. Your tarts turned out beautifully despite the mishap. I will have to serve mine with ice cream next time. Yum!

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  19. They look fantastic. Love your outside "fridge!"

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  20. Haha I love your opening line! Also, I totally had the same cocoa shower problem.

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    1. I am relieved it wasn't just me - although I am sorry for anyone else who had to deal with it...

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  21. 1. I also have a new 12-cup food processor - how many ways can you spell GORGEOUS. It sits on the counter, unused, as I cling to my tried-and-true smaller model. Now that I know the lid-tip, I am determined to use it for next month's two recipes.
    2. I like your outdoor refrigerator and would like to remember to try that when mine gets to bursting. So, Cher, you don't have a wildlife issue? Raccoons and Squirrels?
    3. Your kids must think your the Mom-of-the-Month - homemade bread and more-than-just-one-chocolate tarts. And, can we not forget the Nutella? It's fun to connect on Tuesday, isn't it?

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    1. I gave my old one away - if it were bigger, I probably still would have kept it. I miss that lock tight lid on the older model.
      I do have wildlife all sorts of wildlife, but they usually don't come up on the back deck by the door (I had an inverted cookie sheet over top). This time of year they are a little less active (although, we do have skunks running around the neigborhood and I have NEVER seen that in February...).
      It is fun to catch up with so many FFwD'ers on Tuesdays :-)

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  22. that part about the processor sounds familiar-my kitchen aid mixer is over 20 years old and no longer has first gear. the flour tends to fly all over when i use it! the tarts look great

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  23. Food processors....those tricky beasts.

    Love the look of your tarts!

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  24. LOL, love that outdoor refrigerator. These look insanely good right now!

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  25. Sorry about your flying dough experience. I have my heart set on a new KitchenAid food processor (some day). Love your tartlets, with the high sides on them. My half batch of filling fit perfectly into 3 tartlets. We each had our own tartlet and thought we were going to explode after eating them right after a meal, but boy were they yummy!!!

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  26. I agree it was too rich to eat without ice cream. So rich.

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  27. Very environmentally friendly refrigerator. The tart sounds awesome, and looks like you have a few to share around, unless they're gone already!

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  28. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you could use the outdoor refrigerator (though I may feel differently If I was in the cold climate!)

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  29. Cher, I would gladly clean up your mess if you'll spare me some of these sinful-looking tarts. Rich is my middle name (chocolate-wise) and I can't ever say no to a bit - or even a lot - of chocolate! Btw, I just love your HUGE fridge....so au naturel! Lol.

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  30. Cher, your crust is really beautiful. The color is perfect! I'm right there with you on the appliances that spread the joy. I can't tell you how many times I've sprayed my kitchen!

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  31. They were very rich and my food processor did the same thing! Great post!

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  32. Lovely tarts! :) Bummer about the cocoa shower. That seems like quite a design flaw. At least your tarts turned out perfectly! :)

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  33. The vanilla ice cream was not an option, I agree! Yours look fabulous.

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  34. Love the "outdoor refrigerator". Your tarts are beautiful.

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  35. The best part of winter is outdoor refrigeration. That must be why the really big food holidays are in colder weather. Your tarts look great.

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  36. Your tarts are beautiful Cher - and I can't tell you how many times I turned on my mixer and had a cloud of flour coat my kitchen!

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  37. LOVE your outdoor fridge! We are in summer here, so just leaving butter on the counter means instant melting - quite the opposite! Great job on the tarts!

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  38. Love the tarts in the snow! Will definitely serve with ice cream next time I make these. They look great!

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  39. So sorry about the cocoa shower...but your tarts turned out fabulous! We loved these!

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  40. Holy Crap! They look so good! Add some chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup and you got yourself a nice Death by Chocolate going on.

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  41. Sign me up for the maid service... I had chocolate powder and flour *everywhere*. Yours turned out gorgeous!

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  42. What a charming post! Too bad about your shower of coco powder but looks like the end result was worth the clean up! I love using the outdoors as my extended fridge in the winter too. This year however, it's been to unpredictable and relatively unavailable. Your tartlets looks delish Cher! Hello yummy!

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  43. Yum! Your tarts look great! I am so sorry about the clean up, but I definitely feel your pain! The clean up is definitely my least favorite part of cooking/baking!

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  44. "Hello" cracking up. :) Great post!

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  45. These look delicious! Glad your food processor saved you time making the crust so you had extra time to clean up. ;)

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  46. I had a huge mess in my kitchen too - I had chocolate all over the place, including all over myself. Your tarts look awesome!

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  47. These look great! I ordered my book and can't wait to receive it so I can join in!

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  48. Hello chocolate tarts, you sure do look good! These are on my to make list!

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  49. When I read about your outdoor refrigerator, I was jealous. Then I scrolled down to see the picture and chuckled. I have to try that sometime when my refrigerator is full. It is a great idea. And great looking tarts!

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  50. Those look awesome! And I agree: incredibly rich! The food processor story cracked me up. :)

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  51. I like your out door refrigerator! Here in Rochester, NY, we cool down our soups by setting them in the snow on the deck. We have a "three-season" porch which we call "the cold room" and that usually works as a refrigerator, too!

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  52. OMG! Those look wonderful! Couldn't join this blog as it was closed but I guess I can the blog anyway and participate on my own. Love your outdoor refrigerator!

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  53. love your outdoor "refrigerator"! sorry about the mess, but hopefully the tarts were worth it :)

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  54. Great post - I love your style of writing. Beautiful pictures too!

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  55. Your tarts look fantastic and your blog made me laugh.Thanks for the post.

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    1. For some reason I had a hard time adding a comment. Anyway, I think you're tarts turned out great and I love all your photos.

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  56. Gorgeous photos! Sorry about your food processor mishap - and of course it had to be something especially messy like chocolate! The results look great. Thanks for baking along with us this week!

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  57. I just would like to know how many zero-s are those tartlets worth :) 70% Lindt is a choco bar I always go back too.

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  58. I have an old Cuisinart that was passed on to me years ago. It works like it's brand new. The locking mechanism is one of the things I love best about it - though I still manage to get dry ingredients flying around the kitchen somehow!. I love the way this dough comes together from what seems like an impossible pile of sandy ingredients.

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