Chocolate Tart Recipe With Cranberry Filling

24 tarts
1 hr
This Mini Chocolate Tart Recipe with Cranberry Filling and Sugared Cranberries is easy to make yet festive dessert. And these Cranberry Chocolate Tarts are made even more stunning when topped with sugared cranberries.
Believe me, I LOVE traditional holiday and Thanksgiving desserts along with every Christmas cookie recipe imaginable. But every once in a while you need a little festive action and these little mini desserts of Chocolate Tarts with delightful Cranberry filling…now these little sweeties say ‘festive’ to me.
Not only is this Chocolate Tart recipe festive with the cranberry filling and sugared cranberries, but they also ARE easy to make. AND you can make several of the parts ahead of time and assemble at the last minute.

Chocolate Tart Recipe With Cranberry Filling

Recipe details

  • 24  tarts
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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Ingredients

Chocolate Tart Dough

  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup cold butter (2 sticks), cut into small pieces
  • 2 egg, beaten

Cranberry Curd

  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

Sugared Cranberries

  • 1 cup cranberries or as many cranberries as you have tarts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar or put your granulated sugar in your food processor a let it whirl for a minute or two.

Stabilized Whipped Cream

  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 4 tsp water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

Chocolate Tart

Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to mix.
Add the butter all at once and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with just a few larger pieces
Add egg and pulse until dough holds together when pinched
Divide dough into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350'
Once fully chilled, take one disc out of the refrigerator and let sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes. Very lightly flour counter or a silicone mat and roll dough out to slightly less than 1/4". I use my pastry mat on the bottom and my silicone mat on the top and bottom, eliminating the need for too much flour.
Cut out and fit into a mini tart pan and return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Gather scraps together and re-chill for 20 minutes to repeat the process.
Add baking beans, rice or pie weights to each tart and bake at 350' for 10-15 minutes.
Let cool on wire racks. Once cool, store in an airtight container until ready to be filled.

Cranberry Curd

Place the cranberries and water in a medium-sized saucepot over medium-high heat and stir. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally until all the cranberries have popped and become mushy about 5 minutes.
Pour the cranberries into a food mill or fine-meshed strainer set over a medium-sized mixing bowl and press the cranberry puree through using a spatula. Discard the skins.
Allow the puree to cool to room temperature.
Add the sugar, eggs and yolks, lemon juice and salt to the puree and stir thoroughly until the mixture is even.
Return the mixture to the saucepan and set the burner to medium. Stir the curd continuously, making sure to scrape the bottom and side of the pan. Cook until the curd starts to thicken, coats the back of a spoon, and registers about 150 , give or take, on an instant-read thermometer. This should take 10-12 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter all at once. Stir until the butter has completely melted
The curd can be made several days in advance and kept in the refrigerator until ready to be used.

Sugared Cranberries

Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes
Reduce heat to medium-low, add cranberries and swirl the pan for 1 minute over the heat. Don't increase heat or your cranberries will pop.
Remove from heat and using a slotted spoon place your cranberries over a rack over a cookie sheet. Let sit for 1 hour
If you are using regular granulated sugar, then run your sugar through your food processor for a minute or two to make it superfine-ish.
Gently toss the cranberries in the sugar and let sit to dry for another hour.
These cranberries will only keep for a day before they start oozing their juices, so make them right before you will be serving them.

Stabilized Whipped Cream

Place cold water in a small microwaveable bowl, sprinkle gelatin over it and let it sit for 5 minutes while you continue with the next step
Add heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment
Once the gelatin is set, place the gelatin bowl in microwave and heat until gelatin turns to liquid, about 7-10 seconds.
Turn on mixer and let it run for about 1 minute on medium. Turn the mixer on high and very slowly pour in the melted gelatin in a thin but steady stream.
Continue beating cream until you reach medium-stiff peaks. Spread or pipe whipped cream as desired.

Construct Tarts

Tart shells and curds can be made days ahead, but tarts should be assembled shortly before serving.
Preheat oven to 350'
Put small dollops of curd into each tart shell
Bake for 10-15 minutes
Let cool over rack until fully cooled.
Pipe or dollop a wee bit of whipped cream
Place a sugared cranberry and a mint leaf on each tart.

Tips

  • I used my tart pan to make a bunch of mini chocolate tarts and then stored them for a good 5 days. Dried beans make great pie weights so that the dough didn’t puff up.
  • I also made the Cranberry Curd several days ago and stored it in the refrigerator.
  • The stabilized whipped cream can easily be made earlier in the day or the day before and stored in the fridge.

Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
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