If you want to learn how to bake tarts, you can’t go wrong with a delicious chocolate take on this classic dessert. Chocolate tarts have a rich texture and flavor, and basic recipes leave a lot of room to get creative. Even if you’re still finding your identity in the kitchen, you can easily alter chocolate tart recipes to add your own personal twist. To get the gears turning, here are four ideas for taking your chocolate tarts to the next level:
1. Blend salty and sweet
A little salt really adds another layer of flavor and balance to a gooey, sweet chocolate tart. This can be achieved by simply sprinkling some sea salt on top of your tart as it cools or by adding an extra ingredient such as salted nuts. For example, take this recipe from Food and Wine that uses pretzels for the crust and garnish to not only give your tart an addition of salt, but also a nice crunchy texture.
2. Make them bite-size
Miniature chocolate tarts are sure to be a hit at parties or other social gatherings. Today Food recommends using mason jar lids as tiny tart tins to bake your decadent desserts. The small size will make these bite-size tarts easily shareable, and also help you make portion control a priority (maybe).
3. Add some booze
Sweet liqueurs such as amaretto or Kahlua complement the taste of chocolate extremely well. Heavier spirits such as bourbon and rum can also provide a burst of strong flavor. Just add a couple spoonfuls of booze to the filling, such as in this amaretto chocolate tart recipe from Giada De Laurentiis of the Food Network. It doesn’t take much booze to make a big impression on the tart’s overall flavor, so be careful not to overdo it. After all, you can always make a drink on the side while you do the prep work.
4. Go for glaze
It doesn’t take more than a well-made crust and delicious filling to make a good chocolate tart, but adding a glaze or cream on top of your baked concoction will certainly take the aesthetic and flavor up a notch. Again, this allows you to layer your flavors and textures. Of course, you can always double down on the chocolate flavor, such as in this triple-layer chocolate tart recipe courtesy of Epicurious.