Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pecan Chocolate Tarts

Erm.....how am I going to say about this tarts???I saw these tarts at here the other day, while doing blog walking, which she get it from here .As can see from the date ,it is quite old recipe.

And it's a worth to try ,these pecan chocolate tarts were so delicious.It has the crunchy pastry,although I made them and store it in fridge for 24 hours, the pastry still crunch.
While making the dough, I made mistake in the process, I took out butter for too long, about 1 1/2 hour,the butter turned out too soft,then I cream it with sugar , also too long, so, the pastry quite soft, hard to handle.The recipe mentioned,  rest the dough in the fridge for 1 hour, but rest it for 9 hours....LOLs.....Took out from fridge and thaw it , but still soft , still hard to handle.
How?? This is how I did......
I dip my fingers into a bowl of flour....lols....now, my fingers mess with flour,my table top too.....haiz..., and manage to press the dough into the tarts mould, yay.......
Ok, enough of talking !!! Here's the recipe :This is the original recipe, I made half of the recipe.

Chocolate Pastry : 
340 gm butter
160 gm sugar ( I used caster sugar)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
80 gm eggs
500 gm plain flour
45 gm cocoa powder

Method:
Sift plain flour together with cocoa powder, set aside.
Cream butter and sugar till creamy, add in vanilla essence & beaten egg and mix thoroughly.
Add in sifted flour and cocoa powder, mix till just combined.
Rest in fridge for 1 hour.
Press dough in moulds of your choice.
Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes till cooked ( I did 20 minutes 180C). Set aside to cool.

Soft Caramel:
200 gm evaporated milk.
200 gm sugar
1/2 pod vanilla bean ( I used vanilla essence)
10 gm orange zest ( about 1 -2  oranges)
60 gm glucose syrup
10 gm butter

Method:
Mix all ingredients in a pot and cook till thicken. Set aside to cool.


Soft Ganache:
150 gm dark chocolate
200 gm heavy cream ( I used whipping cream)
200 gm pecans - Toasted and chopped coarsely

Method:
Warm up heavy cream( whipping cream, pour in chopped chocolate and stir till chocolate melts.
If mixture is too watery, add in extra chocolate.It should be thick.

Assemble:
Spoon a tsp of soft caramel into the baked tart, sprinkle some toasted chopped pecans on top and then spoon some ganache on top. Tap tarts to even the top.
Chill in fridge and let it set before serving.

As you can see, there's 2 types of tarts mould. I made half of the recipe, so I get large(on the plate ) 12 pcs,and small (not mini)20 pcs .

I'm submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers # 10 : Easy as Pie ( August 2011), hosted by Janine of Not the Kitchen Sink.

11 comments:

Dmarie said...

oh, those look wonderful! love it that you got past all the obstacles!

Anncoo said...

The chocolate tarts look pretty and delicious. I still no idea what tart to make for the challenge :)

Alessandra said...

They look perfect! I am impressed, and interesting to see the orange zest in the caramel, I think that it is a great idea :-). How difficult (or easy) were they to take out of their moulds???


Ciao Alessandra

Jeannie said...

I see you like to make tarts, I don't lol! coz I find the moulding of the pastry is too tedious work for me! I love eating tarts though:D Yours looks scrumptious and so chocolatey

Torviewtoronto said...

tarts looks fabulous lovely treats

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Your choco tarts looks cute and delicious

Nava.K said...

That caramel dripping from the pie is tempting me, love it so much.

yummylittlecooks said...

Hi Alessandra,
It's easy to take out from the moulds.It wont stick.

Hi Jeannie,
It's easy, just separated the steps.
Like, tonight make the dough,
Tomorrow moulding it and bake it.If you cannot moulding and baking the next day, just keep the dough in the zip lock bag and throw the dough into the freezer.Don't let the dough sit in fridge for more than 24 hours, you can find there's lots of black spot, if you do that.
If you baked, keep the shell in a airtight container,just like, keep the cookies.
The next day make the fillings, like that you won't easly get tired.

Zoe said...

My son will loves these little chocolate tarts! Yum!

lena said...

indulging tarts!!

table top fridge said...

those look yummy! Thanks for taking the time to post this.