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Friday, 13 December 2013
Chocolate mince tarts
mince tarts with chocolate chunks in them. They were good but it wasn't enough chocolate. I wanted a chocolate pastry.
I like fruit mince but I don't eat a lot of it. The chocolate helped motivate me to use up the remaining fruit mince from last year's batch. Was I tired of seeing it in the fridge! At least I could be proud that my fruit mince lasted that long.
Little Deer Tracks . After a fine risotto we came back to my place for a cuppa and a chocolate mince tart. I wasn't quite sure I got it right.
Night Train to Lisbon. It was a very beautiful film with an intriguing story that unravelled at a suitably leisurely pace. We think I might have been the youngest person in the cinema. It is that sort of movie.
We came home and had a cuppa and a mince tart. This time I really enjoyed the taste of the chocolate in the pastry and the chunks in the filling. The pastry was buttery and short. They were as good as I had hoped it might be. Aalmost good enough to tempt me to make more fruit mince. Almost. I just don't think I could bear to have fruit mince greeting me every time I open the fridge for another year.
Red Ted Art Blog for the idea.
We Should Cocoa. The theme for this blog event is chocolate and alcohol. The fruit mince has whiskey in it so hopefully this will fit the bill. Now I am off to clear a space for my Christmas tree. We will be decking the halls this weekend, so to speak!
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: A vegetarian Christmas dinner in Scotland
Two years ago: CC Chesapeake tempeh cakes for carols
Three years ago: Carols, Camels and Pate
Four years ago: Christmas Nut Roast in Scotland
Five years ago: Lentil Loaf with Chutney
Six years ago: SHF #38 Christmas Pudding
Chocolate mince tarts
From Nestle's Bakers Corner
made me about 10-12 mince tarts *
125g cold butter, chopped
1 and 1/4 cup (185g) plain flour
1/3 cup (55g) icing sugar
1/4 cup (25g) cocoa
1 egg yolk
1-2 tbsp water, or as required
1 cup of fruit mince (I use this one)
1/4 cup (45g) dark choc chips
extra icing sugar for dusting
Place butter, flour, icing sugar and cocoa in food processor and blitz til you get the texture of fine breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of water until the mixture becomes a ball of pastry. If too crumbly add another tablespoon of water (1 tbsp was enough for me). Wrap pastry in clingwrap and leave in the fridge for about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 200 C. Take the pastry from the fridge, unwrap and place between two sheets of baking paper. Roll out to about 3mm thick (I think some of mine was thicker) and cut into circles to line greased patty pan (little cake) tin. Mix fruit mince with choc chips and fill each circle with fruit mince mixture. Cut out stars and place on top of fruit mince.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and smells cooked. Cool on a wire rack. Keep in an airtight container. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
* The Baking Corner recipe said it would make 24 mince tarts but mine only made 9 with a few scraps of pastry leftover. I am not sure I rolled the pastry out thinly enough but it seemed ok when we tasted the tarts. Their recipe called for more fruit mince but my little tub was enough for 9.
On the Stereo:
Christmas - Low