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Updated on May 3, 2010

Chocolate Ganache Tarts

What you need for the shortbread tart shells:

 

  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • Generous pinch of salt

What you need for the filling:

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

What you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Pat into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap and chill for about 20 minutes.
  3. Arrange 18 mini (2-inch diameter) tart shells on a baking sheet. Press walnut sized rounds of dough into each shell. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and let cool completely before filling the shells.
  4. In a saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil. Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate in a bowl and let stand for about 10 minutes. The heat from the cream will melt the chocolate. Add the vanilla and stir until smooth.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, fill each tart with the chocolate mixture (known as a ganache). You can use a small spatula of back of a spoon to level the top of the tarts. Refrigerate until set.

To tea or not to tea? While many British children love to take tea at tea time, the taste may be too foreign for American children’s palate to enjoy, at least initially. Consider introducing just a little tea to flavor a cup of warm milk for your child’s first tea party, or omit the tea altogether and serve warm milk or hot chocolate.

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