If you have ever tried making short crust pastry, you would know that while it isn’t very difficult (at least when compared to making puff pastry), it does take a bit of time to make and rest before you can roll it out for baking. Add to that my preference for a chocolate shell to go with a dark chocolate ganache – I end up making far fewer tarts than other desserts.
Cue Paneton French Bakery. Their short crust pastry has always been, in my view, an exemplar of pastries. When they released the ready-rolled chocolate pastry, I felt as if a weight has lifted off my shoulders – I can finally make tarts quickly!!! I then went about challenging myself to see how many things I can make using this gem! Here are my 6 recipes/ideas, for now 😉
1. Chocolate tarts – Solomon’s Gold 70% smooth dark chocolate ganache with Lewis Road Creamery double cream
The pastry is not very sweet and it serves as a very good base for any dessert tart. Here are my favourites:
– Solomon’s Gold 70% smooth dark chocolate ganache with Lewis Road Creamery double cream
– Solomon’s Gold dark orange chocolate ganache with Lewis Road Creamery double cream and Fresh As Freeze dried mandarin segments
– Forty Thieves‘ salted macadamia butter with chocolate ganache
– Forty Thieves‘ cacao hazelnut butter with chocolate ganache
Makes 10 individual tarts
- 500g roll of Paneton French Bakery Chocolate Pastry,
- 300g Solomon’s Gold smooth dark chocolate or dark orange chocolate, chopped into small pieces in a heat proof bowl
- Forty Thieves nut butters
- 375ml Lewis Road Creamery double cream
- Decorations – Valrhona crisp pearls, batons, Fresh As Freeze dried fruits, Solomon’s Gold cacao nibs
- Thaw pastry overnight in the fridge.
- Carefully unroll the pastry to prevent any breaks (but it is ok if it breaks! Just push it back together)
- Using a sharp knife, cut out squares or circles of pastry to fit your tart mould.
- Push the pastry into the moulds carefully, be sure to mend any breaks. Prick the pastry all over with a fork.
- Blind bake in 180C oven for 9 minutes. Let cool on a rack.
- Make ganache by heating cream in a pot till just starting to boil, then pour over the the chocolate pieces.
- Let is sit for a minutes for the chocolate to soften, and then mix it till the mixture becomes glossy and thick.
- If using nut butter, add a dollop onto the baked shells before the next step.
- Pour ganache into individual tart shells, and decorate!
2. Ice cream bowl – individual dessert bar
Here the pastry is shaped into a bowl (I used the Wilton’s cookie bowl mould ) and used to serve up Kohu Road Cookies and Cream ice cream. Perfect with a tray full of garnishes for you to decorate to your heart’s content. Halzelnut praline, freeze dries raspberries and Manuka honey, Valrhona chocolate crisp pearls and batons…hmmmm
3. Ice cream sandwich with Kohu Road Cookie and Cream
Scoop the ice cream into a flat container and refreeze to solidify the ice cream again. Cut out rectangle slices of ice cream and sandwich them between rectangular shaped pastry cookies.
J made some rocket ship and butterfly biscuits here with cookie cutters. We then dipped them into melted chocolate, followed by a sprinkle of Fresh As freeze dried raspberry powder. The acid tang was sooo good with the bitter pastry biscuit.
5. Tim tam cheesecake
Instead of lining the whole mould with the pastry, place a disc of it on the bottom of the mould. Bake and after cooling, pour in your favourite no-bake cheesecake filling (see my Tim Tam cheesecake) and let it set in the fridge.
6. Chocolate soil
This is as simple as baking the chocolate pastry and then crumbling them in a food processor or by giving them a good bash in a zip bag with a rolling pin. Sprinkle over or on the sides of desserts and voilà you have a Masterchef style dessert 🙂
Hope this gets you going with your adventure using Paneton’s Chocolate Pastry!