February 21, 2012

TWD/BWJ: Chocolate Truffle Tartlets

It's the second round of baking with Tuesdays With Dorie, where we bake two recipes every month from Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan. I'm an incurable chocoholic, so I was pretty excited about making these chocolate tarts, plus I'd like to work on my tart technique. This recipe is definitely for the chocolate lover, since it calls for dark, milk and white chocolate. And for some texture, you add chunks of biscotti. Following the cookbook's suggestion, I used amaretti di Saronno. (Confession: This gave me a good excuse to visit the Italian specialty shop in Chelsea Market to ogle the cheeses, the pastas, and Italian snacks.)

The dough was a little challenging because it was very crumbly after mixing by hand. To roll out, I took a tip from Dorie herself. While visiting her Valentine's Day cookie pop-up shop, I was lucky to have a few minutes to chat with her. As soon as she heard that the tarts were up next she dispensed this advice: After chilling the dough the first time, roll it out between wax or parchment paper and then chill it again before cutting into rounds to fit into the tart pans. 

I like the method of rolling between paper because you use less flour and seem to get a smoother product, but one friend of mine disagrees. She learned from her French mama that you should be as close to your dough as you are to a lover. 

I know I still have a long way to go in working with dough, because I wasn't getting an even thickness. But happily you couldn't tell once the tarts were baked! Here's a shot of the tart dough out of the oven:

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  1. very cool that you talked to DG yourself. I used a bit of flour and a bench scraper and was able to work the dough pretty thin. Your tartletts look wonderful!

  2. Even if you had problems with the dough it isn't noticeable in the pictures, they look great!

  3. Tips from a pro can make all the difference! It looks like everything worked out well.

  4. Tarts came out great!

    ~ Carmen

  5. Cool that you went to Dorie's shop and talked to her. Great advice!

  6. I like the French woman's dough advice, and so cool your got to talk to Dorie!