To make 12 cuteness Chocolate Tarts you will need the following:
- 2 x Snickers bars
- 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup pure cream
- 1 whole egg
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 12 shortcrust pastry tartlet cases (roughly 7cm in diameter)
- Icing sugar mixture, to serve
Preheat oven to 160°C. Chop the Snickers bars roughly into smallish pieces and divide between pastry cases – place pastry cases onto baking tray and set aside. You can off course make your own shortcrust pastry and make your own tartlet cases – but I am feeling far to lazy and have opted for the store-brought variety.
Combine dark chocolate and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes continually stirring until melted and velvety smooth. Allow to cool slightly for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, using an electric mixer – beat the egg, egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy. Fold into this the chocolate mixture until just combined. Pour the now heavenly chocolate mixture into the pastry cases covering the Snickers chunks and filling the cases level to the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until just set. Allow tarts to cool on baking tray for 10 minutes and then refrigerate for 2 hours until completely cold. Dust tarts with icing sugar to serve (dust icing sugar on cooled tarts, otherwise icing sugar will dissolve).
You can of course change the Snickers bar to suit your own taste buds – Mars Bars, Cadbury Picnic, Curly Wurly – all will suitably melt in the middle of your tarts adding another chocolate dimension to your creation.
If you are feeling particularly creative, you can make stencils to create an icing sugar shape on the tarts.
For example, to make an icing sugar stencil in the shape of a heart, cut a rough circle from a piece of paper a few inches larger than the tart cases. Draw a 4cm heart shape in the centre of the circle and cut out, leaving circle intact (or print the image of a heart and cut it out). You can now place the stencil on each tart and dust heavily with icing sugar to form heart shape – possibly perfect for those of you in countries who celebrate Mother’s Day in May…