The ingredients are simple to prepare. And the short dough adds a hint of dark chocolate to the dessert. Also the layering of caramelized chocolate, espresso milk chocolate and pure white chocolate guarantees a romantic ending to the meal. For the latte design, watch the YouTube video. ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
On medium speed beat butter and sugar until creamy, 3-4 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl. Add egg yolks, one at time, beating well after each addition.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, black cocoa, and salt. With mixer on low-speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating just until combined. (Don't overbeat.) Turn out dough, and shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1-hour.
Divide the dough into 1/4 cups. Using the warmth of your hands, press and shape 4 discs, and refrigerate until firm (approximately 45 minutes to 1-hour or overnight.) Press discs into tart pans. Pressing the dough up sides and then firmly onto the bottom.
Cut a 6" circle of parchment paper. Slit on 4 sides. Top the dough with the parchment paper. Add pie weights. Bake @ 350° for 15-minutes. Carefully remove parchment paper and pie weights. Bake 5-minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack.
ESPRESSO MILK CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
Place 6-ounces of milk chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, heat 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream, 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, and 1 tablespoon espresso powder over medium heat, stirring frequently, just until bubbles form around the edges of the pan. (Do not boil.) Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate. Swirl bowl to cover. Cover and let stand for 1-minute; whisk until smooth.
Spoon Espresso Milk Chocolate Ganache into the tart shells. Refrigerate until set or 45-minutes. Once the chocolate is set, you can double-wrap the tarts in their pans and keep in the refrigerator overnight.
CARAMELIZED CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
Break 9-ounces of prepared chocolate into small pieces. Place chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon of cream, 4-1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, and 1 tablespoon of espresso powder over medium heat, stirring frequently, just until bubbles form around the edges of the pan. (Do not boil.) Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate. Swirl bowl to cover chocolate. Cover, and let stand for 1-minute; whisk until smooth.
Spoon Caramelized Chocolate into the tart shells, reserving 3 tablespoons in a piping bag. Refrigerate until set.
PURE WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
Place 8-ounces of white chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of cream over medium heat, stirring frequently, just until bubbles form around the edges of the pan. (Do not boil.) Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate. Swirl bowl to cover chocolate. Cover, and let stand for 1-minute; whisk until smooth.
Spoon Pure White Chocolate Ganache into the tart shells. Immediately pipe horizontal latte lines with the Caramelized Chocolate Ganache. (See YouTube video) Using a toothpick, draw a line down the center of the tart. Draw lines next to the center going the opposite directions. Ending with the edges following the direction of the center line of the tart. Keep tarts chilled.
A traditional Argentinian dessert made by caramelizing sugar in milk, La Lechera has made this ganache one step easier. With a smooth creamy taste of caramel, Dulce de Leche Ganache will be one of your favorites recipes. ~ recipe by BB Bakes Sugar Art
Tangy bites of strawberries with an airy consistency of cream cheese and heavy whipping cream. It's "Mm! Mm! Good!" Remember to attach a 'Do Not Eat' label until assembling the mini cakes, 'cause it'll be gone in a jiffy. ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
In a food processor, place freeze dried strawberries in a food processor; process until powdered; set aside.
In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and salt at medium speed until smooth. Add strawberries and strawberry powder; beat until combined. Transfer to another bowl; set aside.
Clean mixing bowl. Using the whisk attachment, beat cream and lemon juice until foamy. Increase mixer speed to medium-high. Gradually add the remainder of 1/3 cup sugar, beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in cream mixture. Cover and refrigerate.
Coarsely chop baking chocolate with a serrated knife then transfer to a heatproof bowl.
Pour the cream into a small saucepan set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Immediately take the pan from the stove and pour over chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute to allow the hot cream to melt the chocolate. Allow the overall temperature to reduce because emulsions form better at 90º- 110ºF.
Whisk the mixture in one direction until smooth and creamy.
Place plastic wrap directly on top of the ganache; press down to seal. Allow to set on the counter for 20-25 minutes or until the ganache's consistency slowly glides down the sides of the bowl.
Put the ganache into a piping bag: test for the consistency or drizzle the ganache onto the Lust Cakes with a spoon.