One nice thing about baking is that when the recipe allows, you can stretch the preparation over a few hours or days. It makes for a more leisurely experience and actually, for me, more enjoyable.
For these Chocolate Truffle Tartlets from Baking with Julia, I started Sunday morning making the dough. I used my food processor because I wanted it done with the least amount of work. The food processor did a great job. After the ingredients were blended, I poured the mixture onto the counter top, and as the directions said, started pressing into it with the heel of my hand. After a few minutes of pressing and folding, I got a really nice dark chocolate dough, which I formed into the requisite flattened square and placed into the refrigerator until tomorrow.
Fast forward – So now it is Monday and it is President’s Day and I am “babysitting” my nephew and niece, since they are off from school. In actuality, they don’t need babysitting because they are 12 and 13, but they need a place to be for today, so they are staying with me and the twins. I gave my niece M a copy of the recipe last week so she could read it ahead of time and would be prepared to help. She wants to be a baker when she “grows up”. I am all for helping someone reach their goals. Hopefully she will be helping me with future TWD recipes, because she did a great job.
In the morning I took the dough out of the refrigerator and separated it into (6) 2.1-2.2 oz pieces. Then with the help of my niece M and my daughter L, we flattened and rolled out each piece, scraped them up with a firm spatula, placed them into the tartlet pans, and baked them for 15 minutes.
Then we got to work making the filling. M melted the chocolate and butter over the stove. I chopped the chocolates and biscotti, which btw I made last week using Rocco DiSpirito’s recipe found on foodnetwork.com. They were anise flavored with an anisette sugar on top. Delicious!
Anyway, when the chocolate/butter was done, M got busy whipping the egg yolks to ribbon stage. That took a little longer than I thought it should have, but I believe it was because my 7 speed hand mixer was on speed 3 when it really should have been on 5. Once I realized there was a problem, I bumped up the speed and got to ribbon stage soon thereafter.
Then we added the yolks to the chocolate, folded, and then added it back into the remainder of the chocolate mixture and folded again. Then I added in the chopped goodies and folded. By now my two nephews, who are 10 and 7, came to visit and they wanted to help too. It was a full house! Everyone got a turn scooping and smoothing the mixture in the tart shells.
Then we popped the tarts into the oven and baked until firm. After they cooled, we ate them. Yum! These were awesome. Really rich and lush. Delicious. And definitely something you would get in a nice restaurant. I like that. And I liked these. Alot.
In two weeks we will be making Rugelach. I have always wanted to make them, so I am really looking forward to it. Check back later for the results.