Sometimes, you just want chocolate and nothing else will do. Although I have been loving the summer bounty of ripe fruit (I think I have made at least six peach cobblers this summer), I was really in the mood for something rich and chocolatey this week. We always have a long list of chocolate recipes we want to try but this one for chocolate raspberry tartlets stood out. It still takes advantage of the fresh berries that are available now but enrobes them in a fudgy brownie-like batter. Then it all gets baked in a chocolate tart crust. Served warm with a little sweetened whipped cream melting into the gooey chocolate center, these babies completely satisfied my chocolate craving.
Honestly, how can you go wrong with baking what is essentially a flour-less chocolate cake inside a chocolate cookie crust. The hint of raspberry flavor from the jam and fresh raspberries adds just enough flavor contrast to keep this dessert from being one dimensional. Even if you aren’t having a chocolate craving, you need to make this dessert now. It will just make you happy. Imagine the smiles on my kids faces when they came home to these tartlets after school yesterday.
Too bad my husband (who is the real sweet tooth in the family) is out of town this week because there won’t be any of these chocolate raspberry tartlets left when he gets home. I guess we’ll have to make more. Oh. Darn.
For the crust
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Baking spray (such as Baker’s Joy or PAM Baking Spray)
For the filling
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used Callebaut semisweet)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur (optional but highly recommended)
- 6 teaspoons seedless raspberry jam
- 1 (6 ounce) container fresh raspberries (See Notes)
- Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
For the crust
- Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed just until dough forms.
- Divide dough into 6 equal portions. Form portions into slightly flattened disks, wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about one hour.
- Spray the insides of 6 (4-1/4 inch diameter) tartlet pans with removable bottoms with baking spray. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disk of dough to a 6-inch round. Transfer the rounds to the prepared tartlet pans. Ease dough into the pans and pat firmly into the bottoms and up the sides of the pans, folding edges over to form double-thick sides. Chill dough in tartlet pans until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove tartlet pans from the fridge and place on rimmed baking sheet. Dock the bottom of each tart crust with a fork. Bake tartlet shells until set around edges, about 8 minutes. If crusts have puffed up, gently push the crusts down with the back of a small spoon. Cool in pans on cooling rack.
For the filling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk eggs and egg yolks in a small bowl until blended. Set aside.
- Melt chocolate and butter together in a medium saucepan over low heat (see notes). Stir in cornstarch mixture until well blended. Mixture will be grainy at this point. Whisk in egg mixture and stir until well blended. Mix in Grand Marnier, if using.
- Spread 1 teaspoon of jam into bottom of each pre-baked crust. Arrange raspberries in crusts, dividing equally and spacing evenly. Spoon chocolate mixture over berries, equally dividing the batter among the tartlet pans. Bake tartlets for 25 to 28 minutes or until filling puffs around edges and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it (it is better to undercook than overcook.). Cool 10 minutes in pans on cooling rack. Carefully remove pan sides from tartlets. Place tartlets on plates. Spoon sweetened whipped cream alongside or on top and serve warm.
I recommend buying extra berries since there are always a few berries in each package that can’t be used. Aim for 6-7 good berries per tartlet. You can serve any extra berries with the baked tartlets.
You can use a double-boiler to melt the chocolate and butter or use direct heat. Either way, you want to use gentle heat – just enough to melt the chocolate and butter. I recommend stirring with a rubber spatula so you can effectively scrape the bottom and side of the pan to prevent any hot spots.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit, August 2007.