This weekend was a chocolate kind of weekend and it all started with the simple desire of making homemade chocolate dough. Whenever things get hectic around me, or I feel a little ungrounded, I like to turn towards something that never fails me - like making a classic dough. No matter how many times I make it, I never cease to be amazed by the fact that a few simple ingredients can turn into a pliable, homogenous disc of perfection. When things feel uncertain or fragile the kitchen becomes -- even more so than usual -- my happy place. I find endless comfort in knowing that the right amount of flour, butter and sugar will always come together. This might be my cheesy moment of the week, but I'm sure you fellow baking-lovers can relate - am I right?
Full-On Chocolate Tarts
Chocolate dough - using my basic tart recipe and replacing 25 grams of flour with 25 grams of good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of fleur de sel
Roll out dough into greased individual tart molds. Blind bake using baking beans in a preheated 350F oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until the dough is just cooked through. Leave to cool completely.
Chop chocolate and add to a heatproof bowl. Bring heavy cream to a boil; immediately remove from the heat and add vanilla. Pour over chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute and whisk until homogenous. Stir in salt. Evenly fill tarts with ganache. Leave to set for 30 minutes. Enjoy!