Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 14th September 2012

Do you ever have one of those days when you’re feeling blue for no reason (Chocolate Cream Tartlets to the rescue)? I’ve been having one of those weeks. I think I’m experiencing the “end-of-summer” blues. And whenever I’m feeling a little down I get nostalgic and I turn to the things that comfort me. What comforts me? Old movies, good books, a little Springsteen, warm blankets and chocolate!  When I was a little girl I loved pudding (still do), warm, rich, luscious chocolate pudding. Whenever I prepare this simple dessert it instantly transports me back in time to my mother’s kitchen.

A photo of various Chocolate Tartlets on a rectangular-shaped white textured dish.

It’s so easy to make because it only uses the type of ingredients you almost always have on hand, milk, cocoa, sugar, butter, and cornstarch. I usually get the craving late at night when I’m in my pajamas curled up under a warm blanket. The preparation engages all of the five senses, from the sound of grating chocolate, and sputtering bubbles just as the pudding begins to thicken to the luxurious aroma of vanilla and chocolate wafting throughout the house. It brings back forgotten memories like crushing on my older brother’s best friend or going to the movies and watching Grease for the thirteenth time.

A photo of Tartlet Filling, Double Chocolate Pudding displayed in dessert classes garnished with whipped cream.

I often wonder if the same things that awaken memories from my childhood will also awaken memories for my children. Every once in a while I get a glimpse of what might be like when I was preparing these chocolate tartlets. The sweet-spicy aroma of Roasted Saigon Cinnamon seemed to have an affect on both Liana and Matthew. Each appeared to be intrigued; the unfamiliar scent seemed to invoke the same restlessness I experienced as a child. I couldn’t help but smirk because the repeated question, “Mom is it ready yet?” immediately took me back to the times that I would tug on my mom’s apron asking the same question repeatedly because I couldn’t wait to dive in to a bowl of warm chocolate pudding.

A photo of three Chocolate Tartlets with whipped cream and garnished with grated chocolate displayed in a row on a black slate tile.

Have you tried this gourmet spice? Saigon cinnamon or Vietnamese cinnamon is extremely intense and sweet like the flavour of red-hot cinnamon candies. Many regard it as the world’s most aromatic cinnamon. It pairs beautifully with chocolate. It’s quickly earned a spot in my spice collection along side one of my other favourites, Makara, a cinnamon variety from Indonesia. Makara cinnamon is used in the ever popular, gourmet Cinnabon rolls.

A photo of a Double Chocolate Tartlet decorated with whipped cream on a black and white dish with a fork placed on a pink and white striped cloth napkin.

If you recall, a while back I shared my fear of losing the opportunity to purchase one of my favourite ingredients, Rodelle Vanilla Beans. I was in an absolute tizzy because my supplier, Costco, was no longer going to be stocking the product. I went on a binge-shop and bought the last of their supply. A wonderful thing happened, I found the supplier, Rodelle, on Facebook. I liked their page and I also posted a short note sharing how much I loved their product.

A photo of various Chocolate Tarts randomly displayed on a black background.

Shortly after posting I received a wonderful email from Deb, a representative from Rodelle. Deb noticed my post and she reached out to say thank you and she also shared information about one of their new products, Gourmet Baking Cocoa. You can’t imagine how excited I was. Let me explain, firstly, I assumed they only carried vanilla products and I was excited to learn more about their lineup of ingredients but more importantly, I had a direct connection to my coveted vanilla beans. I’ve tried other beans but I’ve not been happy with them. Although I have a large supply of beans on hand eventually I would’ve had to start experimenting with other brands, a task I didn’t relish.

A photo of Chocolate Tartlets decorated with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Deb was amazing, she sent me a care package with a few of their ingredients, vanilla beans, pure vanilla extract, almond extract (very excited to try this) and the European gourmet baking cocoa. I was really excited about trying the Dutch-process cocoa because the options available to me locally are limited.

A photo of Chocolate Cream Tartlets on a black slate board.

I thought the best way to experience the taste was through a simple chocolate pudding, a dessert with so few ingredients there would be no place to hide. This is probably the one and only time I wish I hadn’t prepared my mise en place because had I not grated my chocolate I wouldn’t have used it. Flavourful, rich and decadent everything you want in a chocolate pudding or in this case, tartlet filling. Not only does the flavour knock your socks but wow, it looked crazy good, dark, intense and tempting!

A close up photo of Chocolate Tartlets with cookie crust randomly displayed.

Making these dark chocolate cream tartlets checked off so many boxes for me, Roasted Saigon Cinnamon – definitely a keeper, can’t wait to try the spice in other desserts (and savoury dishes), Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa – will be using on a regular basis, embodies all the things I look for in a cocoa, and Rodelle pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract – earned its spot in my coveted vanilla cabinet. It’s amazing how one simple little tartlet can incorporate all these beautiful flavours. And as always, chocolate gave me the little boost I so desperately needed this week.

A close up photo of a mini chocolate tart placed on a pink and white striped napkin lined with a white doily.

Off to indulge, one of the pudding desserts has my name all over it. Happy Weekend!

A photo of a Chocolate Pudding dessert in a dessert glass displayed on a white and black dessert dish.

*Post Update - To all Canadian Visitor’s, Rodelle European Gourmet Cocoa can be purchased at Costco, I believe the 700 g (25 ounce) container can be purchased for about $7.50. And wonderful news, after a recent visit to Costco I am happy to report the Rodelle Vanilla Beans are back in stock!

Disclosure: Further to my post above, please note that Rodelle provided me with the Vanilla Beans and the Gourmet Baking Cocoa which I appreciate very much but my opinions expressed in the post are my own. I’ve been using the Rodelle products for years and I love them! Please be assured that I will always disclose if a company provides me with products and I will always share my honest opinions. I receive many offers for free products but I very rarely accept them and only do so if I’ve been using the product prior to the company contacting me, it’s very important to me that my readers can trust the opinions I share. While I very rarely accept products I do share my opinions of products that I use regularly and purchase myself. If I’ve not shared that the items were given to me by the company you can be assured that I purchased the items myself. If you have any questions or concerns about the opinions I’ve shared about products I’ve received or purchased myself, please contact me I would be very happy to discuss any concerns.

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Comments (10)

10 Responses to “Double Chocolate Cream Tartlets with Roasted Saigon Cinnamon”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    I have definitely had those days and weeks but chocolate really does do the trick! These would turn around any gloomy day.

    I actually didn’t realize that saigon cinnamon was so different. I have an unopened container in my pantry that I’ll have to try!

  2. Dorthy Says:

    Oh Lauren, you MUST open your Saigon Cinnamon! When I smell it, it reminds me of cinnamon toothpicks my brother and I used to make with pure cinnamon oil. It is fantastic!

    I just signed up for the emails on “My Sweet Life” and they just make me drool. Such wonderful recipes. I go searching through the recipes and I feel like a kid again. I like this one…and this one….and this one….lol

  3. Grace Says:

    Thanks Dorthy and I so agree, the aroma is amazing, intoxicating really.

  4. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen Says:

    Wow your tartlets look soo good! I found your blog on velvet aroma and I’m in love :)

  5. Mark Says:

    These look great! I want cinnamon!

  6. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden Says:

    Another great dessert from you Grace!I absolutely love what you are doing ! I have lot of your images into my Pinterest boards because you have tons of amazing sweets! Keep on rocking :)

  7. Grace Says:

    Thanks Vera, I needed a little pick me up today!

  8. Grace Says:

    Welcome Kristi! And thank you for the heads up about Velvet Aroma.

  9. Wendys Hat Says:

    These look beautiful and sound delicious!

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