Today it’s Tuesdays with Dorie – Baking with Julia and this week we baked David Ogonowski’s Chocolate Truffle Tartlets. They’re made with a dark chocolate tart crust and a filling of butter, bittersweet chocolate, egg yolks, and sugar. White chocolate, milk chocolate, and biscotti chunks are added to the filling before baking to push these tartlets over the top.
The recipe makes six 4 1/2 inch tartlets, but I only had four pans, so instead of trying to do some complicated math or only making three and risking a fight amongst the children, I halved both the dough and filling recipes and divided them up into four portions. I had to roll the dough a little thinner but it still puffed up nicely when baked and made a significant crust. The recipe also instructs you to remove the bottoms from the tartlet pans, but I left mine in (’cause I was scared) and they came out just fine.
The filling didn’t completely fill up the shells either, but once I tasted the end product I was kind of grateful that they weren’t any thicker. These babies are RICH. I would describe the texture of the filling as a kind of brownie/fudge hybrid. They came out of the oven with that papery top you get on the best brownies and the inside was soft and a little fudge-y. I almost didn’t add the biscotti to them because the idea just sounded wacky, but in the end I did, and I almost think that is the best part. The whole thing is just so dang chocolatey that the biscotti adds that little bit of relief from chocolate overload.
I must admit that these tartlets had mixed reviews at my house, being deemed “too chocolatey” by the person who picks the chocolate chips out of the chocolate chip cookies (husband), and thoroughly enjoyed by another who was in the throes of some serious chocolate cravings (me). Ultimately, I think this is the perfect recipe for a true chocolate lover – someone who doesn’t simply enjoy a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar but who also really digs the deep dark 70% and higher chocolate.