Tiny, little, mini chocolate tarts. Made from a rich 80% Lindt dark chocolate ganache and topped with white chocolate curls and an amaretti biscuit crunch. To celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week (best week ever!) I went over to fellow blogger Amelia's home to drink lots of tea, scoff lots of sarnies and eat lots of cake. Any excuse, hey?
You can find her whole DIY afternoon tea post over on her lovely lifestyleblog, but for now here's my recipe for my addition to the cakey party. What's more - they're super speedy to whip up and you can change the topping to your liking!
♥ 375g all butter ready rolled shortcrust pastry
♥ 150g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids
♥ 150ml double cream
♥ 20g white chocolate
♥ Amaretti biscuits, crushed
♥ Butter, for greasing the tart tin
♥ Plain flour, for dusting
Equipment; 12 or 24 space tart tin, rolling pin, small round cutter, potato peeler, baking beans (or dry rice if not).
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and grease your tart tin with butter.
Step one. Lay out your pastry on a floured surface and cut out small circles of pastry.
Step two. Lay baking paper and baking beans (or rice) in the cases. Bake for 10 minutes. Then remove and cook the tart cases for a further 10-12 minutes until golden.
Tip: I used the baking paper that came with the shortcrust pastry packet.
Step three. Remove the tart cases from oven and allow to cool whilst you make the filling. I kept the tarts in the tin, so that I could fill to the top without the chocolate spilling down the edges.
Step four. Melt the chocolate in a saucepan on a low-medium heat. Allow to cool slightly before adding the double cream.
Step five. Pour the chocolate into the tart cases. Allow to cool naturally as the fridge will make the chocolate dull. Again, I kept the tarts in the tin until totally cooled down.
Step six. Meanwhile make white chocolate curls with the peeler. Scatter on top with the crumbled biscuit.
Don't forget to discover the rest of our afternoon tea treats over on Amelia's blog! And of course the Twitter hashtag #afternoonteaweek!