Chocolate Mini-desserts Recipe

Anaisa López, KitchenAid’s recipe developer, shares a chocolaty recipe that’s as delicious as her mother’s cooking and part of her memories in the bakery. She has always cooked with KitchenAid’s iconic Culinary Center. “The base turns out perfect – soft but toasted at the same time. The filling… is like a creamy mousse mixed with an ice cream; I can’t even begin to describe it! The texture is dreamy with a delicious flavor and it’s the perfect balance between strong and creamy chocolate.”

Serves: 18-22 mini-desserts

Ingredients –

Base:

· 150 g of all-purpose wheat flour

· 50 g of unsweetened cocoa powder

· 40 g of powdered sugar

· 4 g of salt

· 100 g unsalted butter, cold and cut into little squares

· 1 large egg

· 1 tbsp. of water

Filling:

· 170 g of dark chocolate (I use a 70% bar) in little pieces

· 1 cup (226 g) of unsalted butter at room temperature

· 1 ½ cups (187 g) of icing

· ¼ tsp of salt

· 4 large eggs at room temperature

Meringue:

· 120 g of egg whites (each egg white medium sized weighing around 30 g)

· 240 g of sugar

· Optional: ¼ tsp of cream of tartar (serves to stabilize the egg whites and give them more form)

Preparation –

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Prepare the mold you’ll be using. No need to grease the mold.

First, we prepare the base. Keep in mind that the ingredients must be as cold as possible for the dough to have the ideal texture.

In KitchenAid’s Culinary Center bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, icing, salt and butter (should be cold). Mix at speed 4 until the texture is like sand (as seen on the photo) – no lumps of butter.

Once the mixture reaches the texture indicated above, add the egg and water and continue to mix until the dough is consistent. Make the dough a ball and cover it with plastic wrap, let it sit for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

Stretch the dough with a rolling pin to approximately 2 mm in diameter. I always place a rectangle of parchment paper over the kitchen counter and place the dough on top. Then, I place another rectangle of parchment paper on top of the dough which keeps the dough from sticking to the rolling pin or the table. Work fast to keep the dough cold.

Allow the dough to cool and leave it stretched in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Cut the dough according to the mold and form carefully using your fingers. The dough can be made into a ball and stretched as many times as necessary but must always remain cool.

After placing it on the mold, let it cool for approximately 10 minutes. When cool, make little holes with the tip of a knife or a fork at the base of each tartlet and, before baking, cover each one with aluminum foil (or baking paper) to mold the form of the tartlet and, on this foil, add uncooked rice (as shown in the photo). This is done so the tartlets in the oven does not grow and lose its shape.

Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Then, remove the tartlets carefully to avoid messing up the aluminum foil and rice. Place in the oven for 5 more minutes or until the tartlets are completely cooked. Sometimes the butter might boil a bit and this may be interpreted as being ready, but check them out because they can easily burn. Time is crucial for these mini-desserts.

Let the tartlets cool to room temperature while you prepare their filling.

To make the filling, melt chocolate in the microwave or as a Baño María*. Let cool.

In the culinary center’s bowl, place the butter and sugar and mix on high speed for about 5 minutes until the mixture looks achieves a light yellow color, and looks soft and aerated. The more aerated, the creamier, smoother and fluffier it will be.

Add vanilla, salt and chocolate (must be at room temperature) and whisk until thoroughly mixed.

Begin adding the eggs one by one. Add the first egg, whisk at medium speed and leave on high for at least 5 minutes. Repeat for all 4 eggs.

When the eggs are mixed, add the cream to the baked bases and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to achieve ideal texture.

To prepare the meringue, cook the egg whites and sugar in a Baño María* until they reach 50 degrees Celsius (if you don’t have a thermometer – it will be good when the sugar has been completely diluted and there are no lumps). You have to be constantly removing and checking, otherwise the egg whites will cook.

In KitchenAid’s Culinary Center’s bowl (once its clean and dry), pour the egg and sugar mixture and add the cream of tartar if you’re using it. Whisk on medium-high speed with the rods, until shiny, smooth and until the mixture remains on the rods without dripping (as pictured).

Place the meringue in a pastry bag with a decorator tip or use a spatula to place on top of the cooled tartlets. You can place the oven in the au gratin setting for 5 minutes or use a kitchen torch to brown the top of the meringue.

Keep tartlets cold until serving.