As I'm sitting here starting this post, I just glanced at the clock and it's already 11:23pm. Geepers. Where does the day go? School work with 3 kids, cleaning 3 bathrooms, grooming 4 people, lunch at Sonic, trip to a vacuum store, errands at Wal-Mart, baking tartlets, trip to Grandma & Grandpa's house, trying a new recipe for dinner which took longer than expected, trip to Walgreen's for medicine, vacuuming, some serious kitchen cleaning after all our cooking & baking, piano practicing, laundry, and the list goes on! Let's hope I can put together a quick post for my Tuesday with Dorie baking project for this week and hit the hay soon!
I made my dough yesterday. It felt a little dry so I added almost an extra Tablespoon of ice water. Today when I got my dough out, it was still feeling pretty dry, so I dunked my fingertips into a cup of water to moisten things up while I was rolling out the dough. It helped. The dough was a bit fussy, but easy to mend & I ended up making eight 4-3/4" tart shells (I think I could've made a 9th). I was happy with how they turned out.
The fillings was easier to put together. I almost always use Trader Joe's chocolate, but I decided to try a different kind this time around:
I'm not gonna make a special trip to buy this chocolate again. It almost smelled a little bit like vinegar after it was melted. Weird. Since I now I have two empty tart shells on my counter and I think my six filled tarts could've been more full, next time I think I'll double the filling recipe. For add-in's, I used white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, Oreos (in 3 tarts), and Trader Joe's Dunkers (in the other 3 tarts).
I was happy with how the tarts tasted, but the filling was definitely better than the crust. :) The filling reminded me a little of a very dense brownie or flour-less cake. My family enjoyed our tarts with a little Breyers vanilla ice cream.