My eldest son Linus has been away for 4 days on a physically demanding school camp. He's been in the high-country hiking, rafting, pitching tents, lifting, cooking for himself on a camp stove and probably doing it all in the same set of clothes he left in, even though he took enough changes of clothes for 4 days. I made him these little chocolate tartlets to welcome him home. He loves the flavours of coffee and chocolate together... I have no idea where he gets it from.
Café au Lait Tartlets
adapted from Gourmet Traveller
For the Pastry:
75g plain flour (I used cake flour)
20g pure icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
40g cold unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons chilled water (more or less)
For the Filling:
30g dark chocolate, finely chopped
3 egg yolks
40g caster sugar
Melted dark chocolate to decorate
Make the Pastry:
Put the flour, icing sugar, salt and butter into a food processor and blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add enough chilled water the bring the mixture together into a dough that collects around the blade. Turn the dough out, form it into a disc and put it into the fridge to chill for 2 hours.
Take the pastry out of the fridge and divide it into 4 even portions. Roll each portion out until it is 2mm thick and line 4 x 10cm round springform cake pans with it. Set the pans on a baking tray and return them to the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
Make the Tartlets:
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Line each of the pastry cases with a piece of baking paper and fill each with baking weights (I used dried beans). Bake them on the baking tray for about 15 minutes, until starting to go golden at the edges. Remove the paper and weights and return them to the oven for a further 5 - 10 minutes until they are golden and crisp.
Reduce the oven temperature to 160C.
Combine the cream, coffee and chocolate in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring it to just under boiling point. Stir until the chocolate has melted.
Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar. Slowly add the hot cream mixture. Add a little at a time so that you don't scramble the eggs. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a jug and skim the bubbles from the surface. Pour into the pastry cases and bake until just set, 12 - 15 minutes until just set. Cool to room temperature and decorate with melted chocolate.