I've been baking/cooking like crazy - Valentine's dinner and dessert, supper club, plus some goodies in-between. I was afraid these wouldn't get eaten as quickly as I'd hoped. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE chocolate, but we've been eating A LOT lately. I didn't want these tartlets to get lost in the chaos of all the other deliciousness. I wanted them to have their own spotlight, so I took a few days breather from the kitchen and whipped up these babies the night before posting :)
I started the dough on a lazy Sunday and was surprised at how quickly it came together - 5 minutes? I think it took more time to clean up then to mix it up.
I had 4 - 4.5" tartlet pans so I had to bake in two batches. The dough was really easy to work with and baked up perfectly.
I mixed up the chocolate according to recipe. I used a majority of bittersweet chocolate with an ounce or so of semisweet. I added the milk and white chocolate chunks and since I already had planned for making two batches, I thought of dividing the chocolate mixture in half and using two different mix-ins. One half I did the biscotti as the recipe calls for; I used store-bought since I was short on time. The other half of the chocolate got chocolate covered pretzels since I had them handy. I figured the salty crunch would be a big hit.
I forgot to poke the crusts on the first batch, but it didn't matter any. The tops remained very glossy, so glossy I didn't think they were done, but I took them out anyway. The second batch weren't glossy at all, they looked dry like the recipe said they're supposed to. I like the look of the glossy better.
These were seriously amazing. I never thought I could have made something like this. I didn't taste the pretzel ones yet, but how can they be wrong? Since I'm going out of town this week, they're going in the freezer until I get back!
And My Critic says: Oh man is that rich! Almost like a gooey brownie. Put some ice cream on top!
For the recipe please visit Spike of Spikes Bakes, Jaime of Good Eats, Sweet Treats, Jessica of Cookbookhabit and Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon. They all did a fabulous job!