Friday, February 11, 2011

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tarts With Whipped Cream On a Bed Of Raspberry Sauce

Since I've always been on a diet as far back as I can remember, I've never been a big fan of making or eating desserts. I'm sure my children would tell you the only desserts we ever had here were fresh fruit or Flan. Sometimes Jell-O or the occasional batch of chocolate chip cookies. Those days are history. Now that I'm 58 I've decided that I'm going to enjoy everything I possibly can, including desserts. I'm just going to have to go without other things sometimes and exercise more. Maybe. Or not.

So, as Valentine's Day draws near I look at dessert recipes for weeks before finally deciding what to make for Mr. Snooty on Valentine's Day. This year is his turn to do dinner but I'm still going to do the dessert from last year. I mean, I hit the nail on the head with this dessert last year, so why not go with a sure thing? Last year, every bite was like a personal orgasm. Neither of us could do more than make " Mmmmm" sounds the entire time we were finishing our desserts.

This was originally a Tyler Florence recipe only he didn't serve it with fresh whipped cream and/or a raspberry sauce. However, dues must be paid for this fabulous dessert. Otherwise, I'd never have come up with all this on my own. Tyler Florence totally rocked my world with this delicacy and will do it again this year!

Luckily, the recipe makes enough for 6, so we were able to do it all over again the next night and the next. Sometimes I truly amaze myself. I couldn't wait to share this with you, so I'm posting it on my cooking blog as well as here on my regular blog. If I can make this masterpiece, then anyone can, trust me. I changed the recipe up a little and the result was sheer perfection. This is seriously the best dessert I've ever made.

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tarts:

Ingredients For Shells:

1 -1/2 cups of finely crushed chocolate wafer crumbs (just use Oreos without the center if you can't find wafers)

6 tablespoons of butter, melted

Ingredients For Chocolate Truffle Mix:

3/4 cup heavy cream

8 ounces of good-quality (70%) semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract (I used rum extract and it was even better than vanilla)

1/4 cup cocoa powder, for dusting

Ingredients For Topping:

1 cup whipping cream

2 -3 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

1 small container of fresh raspberries, rinsed and dried


1. Use fork to combine melted butter and crushed chocolate wafers.

2. Spray the inside of six (6) cups of a muffin pan with vegetable cooking spray
3. Line each of the six cups with a large square of either parchment paper or wax paper. (I tried both and they both worked perfectly. Press the liners with a small (like a juice) glass to press them into place. Make sure there is enough overhang on each one to lift out when they are ready.

4. Fill each of the 6 muffin cups with the crushed wafer and butter mixture and use small juice glass to press into shape. The mixture should go up the sides about 1-1/2", but not all of mine did and they were just fine.

5. Place muffin tin in refrigerator until the chocolate truffle recipe is prepared.

6. Heat cream over medium low heat until it comes to a simmer. Place finely chopped chocolate in a small bowl and pour heated cream over chocolate. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

7. When time is up, whip the cream and chocolate with a whisk until blended. Let stand at room temperature for one hour. When hour is up beat the mixture as fast as you can or use medium setting on a hand mixer until mixture thickens and lightens in color. I suggest a hand mixer.

8. Remove muffin tin from refrigerator. Place one raspberry in the bottom center of each cup.
9. Fill a pastry bag with chocolate truffle mixture (or you can use a plastic baggie with the corner snipped off) and fill each of the 6 cups with the mixture. Be sure to lick or suck out the rest of the mixture. You won't want to waste it, trust me.

10. Place muffin tin back into fridge for at least one hour.

11. Meanwhile, you can make the raspberry sauce (recipe follows) and then the whipped cream.

Raspberry Sauce:


1 - 12 ounce package of frozen raspberries, thawed

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water


1. Place thawed raspberries in a strainer (or sieve) over bowl and press lightly to extract juice. (If you press too hard the seeds will come through and you'll have to strain it again with cheesecloth in a strainer).

2. Transfer juice to a small saucepan; add sugar and cook over medium high heat until hot, about 3 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, mix water and cornstarch until combined.

4. When raspberry mixture is hot, slowly whisk in cornstarch. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Allow to stand at room temperature until ready to use.

Final Assembly:
1. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of raspberry sauce over one half side of the dessert plate.

2. Carefully remove the chocolate truffle filled cups by the paper overhang, removing paper and place on top of raspberry sauce.

3. Drop 2 to 3 large dollops of whipped cream on top and one side, adding a few fresh raspberries.

4. Using a small strainer, dust lightly with the cocoa powder, which I completely forgot to do before taking the pictures.....

This is the only way we spend Valentine's Day. We go all out on food for one another in celebration of our life together....


Bodaciousboomer said...

Man that looks delicious. I've never made a chocolate shell, always assuming it was too hard.

I've been trying to decide if I was going to make a decadent dessert for VD myself. Paula Dean made a cheesecake. Inside a graham cracker crust she layered ganache, then caramel, then a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough, the more ganache, nuts then sweetened cream cheese, finishing with ganache.

I could feel my arteries slamming shut as I watched her; but it looked sooooo good.

Tammy said...

Oh my Snooty! This looks delectable! I plan to make this for our next woman's dinner, they will love it.

Vodka Logic said...

It looks delicious.. I'll be right over

Mental P Mama said...

Lord. Have. Mercy.

Jackie at said...

Perfect Valentine's Day dessert. Your dessert looks decadent. I could see this kind of creations on the menu of a fancy restaurant. Can't wait to try!

Queen of Halloween said...

A Diabetic's nightmare...I love to try it only I'd have to draw the line and just eat the berries...:( Might be worth the risk tho...;} Would make it for others!


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