A sweet new start with tiramisu tartlets

By Mélanie, on Sunday, January 25, 2009

Well…. Ahem…[akward moment]… Hi everyone!..?

I’m so sorry I was absent for almost 2 months… Explaining my silence and the different phases I went through would be booooring, but let just say it involved many cookies and other sorts of meals, to bake and to eat! So much that I actually thought I’d never want to be in a kitchen again. Yes, that much!
I needed to rest (and to lose weight) and believed I could live on fat free yogurt and skim chicken forever (ok, at least for a few months). But who am I kidding? Cooking is what I love to do. I love the sound of the knife on the cutting board. I love to imagine what taste two ingredients would have together. I need to put my love and care into something others will enjoy. And therefore, this is what I’m going to do this year. My challenge will be to do the same when it’s only me sitting at the table. This means more healthy dishes to share with you. Would you be interested?

This is what I’m wishing for this new year, and what I wish you too : success in obtaining what you want and what you’re working for. And a year full of little moments of joy, smiles, surprises, laugher with friends and family. Making lots of sweet memories for the future. And for those of you who’ll have a life-changing year (moving in a new place, getting married, becoming a parent…) I just wish you all the possible happiness in this new adventure!

Now, enough with all these gooey thoughts, and let’s get back to the serious stuff. The tartlets! They actually are the one who made me go back into the kitchen. The idea formed into my head during a whole week, until I could not resist anymore before I tried them.
I wanted to obtain the taste of a tiramisu, but with the nice presentation of a one-plate dessert. I longed for the crispy, sandy texture of a tart crust, but still needed the moist and coffee taste from the “real” tiramisu. This is why there is an almond soft cake imbibed with coffee syrup, over the chocolate flavored crust. The whole is topped with a light mascarpone mousse, dusted with Dutch cocoa. Another advantage is that it avoids the raw eggs usually used… The result was beautiful, and quite a different sensation than for a tiramisu, but packed with all the good flavors!

For 6 4-inches tartlets

For the tart crust
6 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1 egg yolk
½ cup + 1 Tbsp confectioner sugar
1/8 cup almond powder / flour
1/3 cup + 1Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 pinch salt

For the almond - coffee soft cake
1 egg white
¼ cup almond powder
2 Tbsp instant coffee powder in 2 Tbsp boiling water
1/8 cup melted butter
1/8 cup + 1 tsp sugar

For the mascarpone mousse
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp gelatin + 1 Tbsp water
20 cl heavy cream
3.5 oz. mascarpone
¼ cup sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa

Prepare the pie dough :
First mix almond powder and confectioner sugar. Add cocoa, flour and salt. Add the butter and pulse for a few seconds, until the dough resembles coarse crumbs. It is very important not to mix the dough too long. Mix in the egg yolk and, with your hand palm, press the dough about 3 times, just until it forms a ball that holds together. Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
Preheat oven to 340°F.
Roll out dough into a on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Cut out 6 (5-inch) rounds and fit each round into a tartlet mold. Prick bottoms all over with a fork and bake 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, almond powder, melted butter and half of the coffee. In another bowl, beat egg white until it forms soft peaks. Fold white in the almond-coffee mixture with a rubber spatula. Pour over the baked pie crust and bake 15 to 20 minutes.
Transfer tartlets to rack; cool completely.
Using a brush, moisten the almond cake with remaining coffee.

Prepare the mascarpone mousse :
Sprinkle the gelatin over the water, stir and let sit to bloom. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the mascarpone with the sugar. Heat the milk and add gelatin so that it melts. Quickly whisk it in the mascarpone batter. Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks, and fold into the mascarpone.
Place it in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe mascarpone mousse on top of the tartlets. Sprinkle with cocoa and let sit in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.


Pour 6 tartelettes de 11 cm

Pour la pâte sablée :
75g de beurre à température ambiante
1 jaune d’œuf
85g de farine
15g de cacao
60g de sucre glace
20g d’amande en poudre
1 pincée de sel

Pour le fondant café
1 blanc d’œuf
50g de poudre d’amande
2 cuillères à soupe de café instantané diluées dans 2 cuillères d’eau bouillante
25g de beurre fondu
30g de sucre

Pour la mousse mascarpone
2 cuillères à soupe de lait
2g (1 feuille) de gélatine
20cl de crème liquide
100g de mascarpone
45g de sucre
2 cuillères à soupe de cacao

Préparez la pâte à tarte :
Mélangez d'abord le sucre glace, les amandes en poudre, la farine, le sel et le cacao. Ajoutez le beurre et mélangez quelques secondes, le temps de former une pâte grumeleuse. Incorporez le jaune d'œuf. Il ne faut pas trop travailler la pâte. Fraisez (c’est l’action de travailler avec la paume de la main) rapidement et formez 1 boule de pâte. Aplatissez et enveloppez ce disque dans un film plastique pour reposer au frais pendant au moins 1 heures.
Préchauffez le four à 170°.
Farinez abondamment le plan de travail ainsi que le rouleau à pâtisserie, puis étalez la pâte sur 2 à 3 mm d'épaisseur. A l’aide d’un verre d’un diamètre légèrement supérieur à vos moules, découpez des disques dans la pâte. Foncez les moules avec ces disques et mettez à cuire 15 minutes.

Mélangez dans un bol le sucre, les amandes, le beurre fondu et la moitié du café. Dans un deuxième bol, battez le blanc en neige ferme, puis incorporez le délicatement au mélange d’amandes. Utilisez pour cela une spatule souple : il ne faut pas tourner autour du saladier, mais de haut en bas en inclinant celui-ci.
Versez cette préparation sur les fonds de tartelettes et remettez au four pour 15 à 20 minutes.
Laissez refroidir, puis, à l’aide d’un pinceau, imbibez le biscuit du café restant.

Préparez la mousse de mascarpone :
Laissez la feuille de gélatine ramollir dans un bol d’eau froide.
Battre ensemble le mascarpone et le sucre afin d'obtenir un mélange homogène.
Égouttez la gélatine et ajoutez-la au lait chaud pour qu’elle fonde. Versez-la ensuite rapidement sur le mascarpone tout en fouettant pour l’incorporer.
Fouettez la crème en chantilly et incorporez-la au reste délicatement.
Utilisez une poche à douille pour répartir la mousse sur chaque tartelette de manière décorative. Saupoudrez de cacao et laissez au réfrigérateur pour au moins 2 heures avant de servir.

9 commentaires:

Unknown said...

Soooo beautiful!

Juliette said...

rha ca a l'air trop bon !!!!!!!
I shall try it once.... it is just amazing what you have in your head !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Juliette said...

amazing what you can think about ! the picturesare indeed gorgeous and and I am now hungry even if I am just out of lunch... :p

Anonymous said...

Oh my god! This picture has me salivating. I wish i could jump right through the screen and chomp into this right now.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I love what you did to shake up the traditional tiramisu. That chocolate crust puts it ovr the top.

FOOD IS LUV said...

that looks to die for!!

Cherine said...

Yummy! This is mouth-watering

Anonymous said...

How much is 20 cl heavy cream in English?

Mélanie said...

It's just a little less than 1 cup (1 cup = 24 cl)
Have fun, and tell me how you liked the tart!!

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