Monday, February 11, 2008

Chocolate Love!


Mmm ... Death by Chocolate ... that sounds delectable :)

Chocolate is one of things that I've had dreams about. And woken up feeling super happy. And sometimes hungry :)


So, when Culinate announced this event, I started skipping around. It actually took me about 4 days to decide which of a zillion chocolate recipes I wanted to use. And then it took procrastinating till the last day before I baked one of my chocolate fantasies. Sad, but I really am this last-minute junkie!


Anyway, friday was the last day for submissions for DbC, but the Obama rally took precedence over sending in a timely submission. Guess I'll write about these anyway :)


After dithering between various recipes like an intensely decadent gateau, a fabulous ganache cake topped with chocolate curls, bitter chocolate mousse, mocha pots and more ... I finally settled for baking these delicious chocolate mousse tartlets. I adapted a recipe from one of my favourite dessert books - The Ultimate Dessert Cookbook.

The original recipe called for white chocolate - for a cocoa freak like me, that is tantamount to sacrilege! But I finally gave in and mixed some white chocolate with 72% chocolate to create a mild creamy version - this turned out *good*!
Also, I really wanted to add some zing to the tartlets, so I went with a dark chocolate drizzle mixed with some cayenne, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla - *like* it :)




Chocolate Mousse Tartlets with Greek yogurt
With a diablo touch :)

Servings: 6

Crust

1.5 cups pastry flour
2 T cocoa powder

2 T icing sugar
1/4 cup of butter

2 T whipped spread (I use Earth Balance)


Filling

2 oz white chocolate (squares or broken)

4 oz dark chocolate (squares or broken)

1/2 cup of nonfat milk

2 t pectin or agar (you could use gelatine too)

2 T caster sugar
1 t vanilla essence

2 eggs separated

1 generous cup of greek style yogurt (I used nonfat)

Drizzle


melted chocolate

1 t cayenne powder
1/4 t nutmeg powder

1/4 t cinnamon


Making the tartlet shells

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Sift the flour, cocoa and icing sugar into a bowl.

Place the butter and whipped spread in a pan along with 4 T of water and heat gently until just melted.

Once cooled, stir in the flour to make a firm dough.

Chill the dough for atleast 30 minutes, preferably an hour.
Roll out the pastry and line 6 10 cm tartlet pans (I used the loose-based flan tins).
Prick the base of each tart shell with a fork before lining with parchment paper and weighing down with baking beans.
Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove the beans and parchment and bake for 15 more minutes till the pastry is firm.

Let the tartlet shells cool in the tins.

Making the filling


Melt the chocolate (white and dark) in a heatproof bowl over hot water.
In the meantime, pour the milk into a saucepan and heat on low.
Add the pectin slowly,stirring constantly until dissolved completely.

Remove the milk mixture from heat and stir in the chocolate.
Whisk the sugar, vanilla and egg yolks in a large bowl.
Add the chocolate mixture and beat till blended.

Now, beat in the greek yogurt till evenly mixed.
Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl till stiff (peaks should form and stay in place).

Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture gently till mixed completely.
Divide the chocolate mixture across all the pastry shells and chill to set.
Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne to the melted chocolate and drizzle it over the tartlets to decorate.


Opinion?

*love* it! Obviously, I need to get more opinions here, since I'm a certified chocolate freak :) But I think this turned out great! And I love the cayenne touch - it leaves a gentle after-spice on the tongue - spicy chocolate after taste, spicy chocolate after breath!!!


Mmm ... think I'll just curl up on the couch with my current read and dig into a yummy chocolate mousse tartlet - life can't get much better than that! :)

Wait, chocolate is an aphrodisia
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'In most countries chocolate is associated with romance, and with good reason, it was thought by the Aztec's to have aphrodisiac qualities, invigorating men and making women less inhibited. So when it was first introduced to Europe, it's small wonder that chocolate quickly became the ideal gift for a man to bestow on a loved one.'

Obviously, there was no dearth of info about chocolate and its ostensible turn-on strength :) Read more here and here and here ... or maybe you know all this already!

So, guess if chocolate has any aphrodisiac properties at all, it is probably well-contained in these tartlets that have 71% cocoa in them! I used the Valrhona Le Noir Amer in my tartlets (yes, I'm a serious chocolate snob) - the flavours truly seemed to stick around forever!

And as much as I don't care for V'day and think of it as this consumer-driven day of red, I can't pass up on a food event! So, this goes off to Pooja's My Creative Ideas for her Theme of the week - Valentine's day. This definitely celebrates the love for chocolate - that counts, right? :)

Hold please! I can even send this off to The Mini Pie Revolution - these are sweet tarts! Yay!

20 comments:

Nags said...

looks absolutely yummy!!!

Miri said...

Looks delciously decadent! and the cayenne pepper seems like a great touch!

sra said...

More like suicide by chocolate - that's what we call our chocolate fantasies!

Kaykat, how did you get the smilies in?

sandhya said...

They look delicious!

Aparna said...

That looks beautiful.
But then I am totally biased, always in favour of the chocolate!!

Anonymous said...

Very delicious recipe, however I object to the name "greek" as the only greek thing in it is the yogurt. Being a greek myself I can assure you that sweets like this would never be considered "greek" in Greece!
Have lots of fun in your kitchen.

KayKat said...

Fair enough :) I changed the name here. Next time around, sign in with a name or leave some identity please - most bloggers really appreciate that.

KayKat said...

Smilies?

Sra - all I did was drizzle a whole mess of melted chocolate over the tartlet, call that my modern art for the day! :)

Pooja said...

Lovely entry KK,
Its not death by chocolate , this is i think should be called spreading love by chocolate :)) . That really looks awesome, dont kill use with those yummy pics plz... :D.
I love al lthe pics , thanks for sharing and participating :)

Superchef said...

hmmm ..i think chocolate love is defenitely in the air!! :) love those tartlets!!

vimmi said...

what more can we want for valentine's day, these tartlets please

Namratha said...

They look delicious Kay, love 'em! It sure is Death by Chocolate!!

Uma said...

Wow, looks so yummy!

sra said...

I mean the little yellow smiling faces all over the post, Kaykat! Well, emoticons, if you like.

KayKat said...

Haa haa haa! Ok, Sra, I admit - I'm a minor goofball :)

I'll email you the info about this.

bee said...

wicked wicked wicked .... borderline evil.

TheCooker said...

Wow! Simply wow!...I'm speechless for once :)

Mallika said...

Your post just made me salivate KayKat. I could die for one of those for sure!!

Ann said...

Beautiful tarts! Thanks so much for particpating in The Revolution!

ANJALI J. said...

they look gorgeous!