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Choc Recipe: Raspberry Chocolate Mini Tarts

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Choc Recipe: Raspberry Chocolate Mini Tarts

Alison Campbell

These crunchy chocolate crust tarts filled with vanilla bean-flecked cream cheese and topped with fresh whole local raspberries and milk chocolate curls are the ultimate afternoon tea treat. :)

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Cookie Crust
3/4 cup of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of icing sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of plain flour
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon salt


For the Creamy Filling
5 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 packet (225grms) of cream cheese, softened and cut into cubes
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups of full cream milk
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped


For the Topping
170 grms of fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
Milk chocolate for curling

Method

For the Crust: Cream butter with icing sugar until smooth and lighter in colour. Add egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Combine flour, cocoa powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 2 batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions. Mix until well combined. Form dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour or until firm.Lightly flour a work surface and roll out dough to approximately 3mm thick. Use a plastic lid to mark 8 circles. Cut them out with a paring knife and press into muffin tray. Prick each shell all over with a fork and freeze 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F. Line the chilled shells with foil and fill with dried beans or rice. Bake 15 minutes. Remove the foil. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until crusts are no longer shiny. 

For the FillingCombine 1 cup milk, 3 tablespoons sugar and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, whisk yolks, cornstarch and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar together. Add remaining 1/4 cup cold milk and whisk until smooth.Add 1/4 cup hot milk mixture to egg mixture while whisking continually. Add another 1/4 cup, then add egg and milk mixture back to remaining hot milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, add cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and whisk until smooth. Strain into a bowl and cover the surface directly with plastic to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate.

For the Topping: Place sugar and 1/2 cup raspberries in a small saucepan and cook over low heat. Add 1 teaspoon water to cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to berries and sugar stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly. Remove from heat and cool completely. Fold remaining berries into cooked, cooled mixture.

For the Assembly: Whisk cream filling until smooth and spoon into tart shells. Smooth surface and top with berries. Garnish with dark chocolate curls and serve.

Serves 8 tarts

Source driscolls.com