Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 18th June 2010

My son, Matt, had the worst chocolate craving all week and I was hoping these Chocolate Custard Tartlettes would hit the spot. I admit a bit of skepticism when I initially spotted Bill Granger’s recipe for these tarts. The recipe was so easy, seemed almost too good to be true. But I thought why not?

A photo of 2 chocolate custard tartlettes served with a bowl of blueberries on a white plate with a silver fork and a white napkin placed on a wooden placemat.

Skepticism lingered as I prepared the tarts. But all it took was one bite – the skepticism quickly disappeared!

A photo of 2 chocolate custard tartlettes on a yellow napkin along side a silver spoon, a bowl of strawberries and a chocolate custard tartlette with strawberries on top placed on a wooden placemat.

Truth is these chocolate tarts are amazingly good. The chocolate custard is incredibly rich but light and smooth almost like mousse. And the butter puff pastry was crispy and tasty. And if you purchase store-bought puff pastry these tarts take no time at all to prepare.

A photo of 3 chocolate custard tartlettes on a white dish placed on a wooden placemat.

I would recommend purchasing a good quality butter puff pastry and also good quality dark chocolate. The dark chocolate adds an exceptional, deep rich flavour to the custard.

A photo of chocolate custard tartlettes on a white cake stand with a blue ribbon.

Aside from simple tart making it’s been a very quiet week, not much happening on the home front. In fact a new friend, Marly, mentioned I was probably feeling a bit of after party sadness now that my niece Vera’s bridal shower has come and gone. The lull won’t last for too long because my niece, Natalie, has announced her engagement.

A photo of 3 chocolate custard tartlettes, one with strawberries, placed on a white dish on a wooden placemat.

And I can take a little credit for this engagement since I played matchmaker and brought the two of them together. The best part of being part of a large family is that there’s always a special event happening, in fact, there’s very rarely a dull moment.

A photo of 3 chocolate custard tartlettes in white bowls placed on a pink napkin.

The quiet did give me a great deal of time to think and reflect on my new blogging journey. My journey’s given me a sense of purpose again and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve learned so much and I’ve also been quite fortunate because it’s brought some wonderful people into my life.

A photo of a bunch of a chocolate custard tartlettes on an orange napkin.

Marly is one of those people. It’s weird how you can feel a particularly strong bond with someone you’ve never met face to face. Marly is a remarkable woman, she’s funny and she has a great big heart. Marly’s faced quite an extraordinary journey herself. She legally changed her first name and she writes about that very experience in her blog, Namely Marly.  She’s currently interviewing readers about their names and recounting their stories on her blog. If you have a fascination for names, why not take a few minutes and visit Marly’s site and throw your name in the mix? Marly also shares mouth-watering Vegan recipes.

A photo of 3 chocolate custard placed on a white plate on a wooden placemat.

Next time you have a craving for chocolate turn to these quick and easy Chocolate Custard Tartlettes, you won’t be sorry! And just a bit of friendly advice – double the recipe. If one chocolate dessert isn’t enough to satisfy your craving you may want to try these chocolate desserts – Triple Chocolate Mousse Cakes or Chocolate-Caramel Tarts.

A photo of a chocolate custard tartlette with strawberries on a mini yellow cake stand.

Happy weekend!

A photo of 4 chocolate custard tartlettes on a wooden cutting board.

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Comments (17)

17 Responses to “Chocolate Custard Tartlettes”

  1. Ryan Says:

    What a lucky boy Matt is to have a mum that can bake as well as you, they look delicious.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Ryan, you too!

  3. CC Recipe Says:

    These tartlettes sure look wonderful!

  4. SMITH BITES Says:

    These are just perfect – chocolate, one or two bites and one can have their chocolate fix; of course The Professor would have 3 (or more) as he’s quite the chocoholic! Beautiful, Grace!

  5. Grace Says:

    The Professor and I seem to share the same love for chocolate.

  6. Sarah Says:

    These look amazing! Puff pastry and dark chocolate, that’s right up my alley. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  7. Lisa Says:

    The tartlettes look delicious! I love your blog – its so cute =D
    I’ve nominated your blog for the Happy 101 award =) You can check it out on the latest post of my blog.

  8. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lisa, I am so honoured, you’ve just made my day!!! Looking forward to visiting your blog and hopefully getting to know you better through your posts.

  9. Laura T. Says:

    These look delightful! I’ve been toying with a similar idea for chocolate hazelnut tartlets–I think I might just have to snag your recipe and add a few hazelnuts in.

  10. Grace Says:

    Thank you Laura, if you take a look in my recipe page I do have a recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts, they are delicious!

  11. Marly Says:

    Grace – Thanks for mentioning me in your post. You are too sweet. I absolutely love coming to your site. Are you sick of hearing this yet? I just can’t help myself. I’m kind of glad we live far apart because I think I might be tempted to give up my vegan ways and eat all your tasty desserts. OK. Not really, but the pics look so good that the thought has crossed my mind…

  12. Grace Says:

    I just love you Marly, wish you did live close, would be lovely to meet you in person. We’ll have to do something about that in the near future!

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  14. C Says:

    Hi this looks really lovely!

    Just a few queries, hope you could help me with them :)

    The cream that asks for cream refers to…? Heavy cream?

    i don’t have muffin tins, so could i use silicon muffin molds / aluminium cupcake holders!

    thanks, can’t wait to make them :)

  15. Grace Says:

    Hi C, the cream is in fact heavy cream (or whipping cream), 35%. I’ve not used silicone molds or aluminum cupcake holders but it shouldn’t be a problem to use either. I love these by the way but haven’t made in a while, might make a batch too.

  16. Yovita Says:

    Hi! These look amazing! But just wondering, can i store the custard for the next day in the fridge?
    And how small are they? I only have the 6 holes muffin tin, will that be alright?

  17. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hello Yovita, I’ve never refrigerated the custard prior to baking the tartelettes but I think it would be fine. After you whisk in the chocolate, place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the custard (to help prevent a skin from forming) and allow to cool before refrigerating. (Don’t remove the plastic until you’re ready to fill the pastry cases.) Bring the custard to room temperature and give it a good whisk before filling the pastry cases. I used a standard-sized muffin tin for these tartelettes. You can make smaller tartelettes but you’ll need to adjust the baking time. Hope you enjoy them!

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