Saturday, July 30, 2011

Your Ultimate Loaded Citrus Cherry Dark Chocolate Tartlets

OK, let me start by acknowledging how humbled I feel this week by the love I have gotten through this blog. After I seriously started posting recipes & photographing my food in late December 2010 I have made new friends, learnt tons & felt great. I'm neither a master cook & nor a star food photographer, this journey has helped me become a decent concoction of both the attributes for sure. Idea of my blog has always been to try something new & present it in a creative way. You clicks tell me something is working for sure & I need not give up. Earlier this week we had our 100,000th visitor at, this gives me confidence & motivates me to do more. Thanks again for all the love, you guys keep me Going !!!

It had been a while now & I'd been bringing bags of cherries home only to see them vanish quick. My husband & my son can't keep their hands off cherries in the summer - hence the vanishing act. Last weekend finally I did deal with my two boys, that if can resist this time, they will get something new. I didn't have time to bake the shell so I used my Favorite keebler Graham cracker shells. This recipe was quick & divine. A lot of inspiration was derived from one of my favorite bloggers Lindsey @ , but I played with the contents & fillings. I'm definitely gonna bake a shell next time ( Look at Lindsey's pictures .. absolutely Mouthwateringg.. ) For now, heres what I did..

Ingredients: -
2 lbs pitted cherries (6 cups)
Juice of 1/2 Lime freshly squeezed
Juice of 1/2 Orange freshly squeezed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 Stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts

Preparing the preserve = The Filling..
Method: -
We start by pitting our cherries.
I don't have a fancy tool to pit cherries, my method is simple, cit a cherry in half & use you hands to pop out the seed. This method is comparatively hassle-free & leaves less of the cherry blood on your kitchen counter.
Heres an interesting link to 4 different ways to pit a cherry.

Combine cherries with sugar; stir into cherries.
Bring to a full boil, stirring, over high heat.
Add lemon juice & orange juice along with some orange zest & return to a boil
Keep stirring constantly, boil 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat and skim off foam.
Immediately spoon preserve into a jar.

For Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache: -
Place the finely chopped chocolate and butter in a medium bowl and set aside. 
Combine cream, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves and liquid is just at a simmer, about 3-4 minutes. 
Pour cream mixture over chocolate and butter and let sit until melted, about 5 minutes. 
At this stage mix in finely chopped roasted hazelnuts.
Keep stirring gently until smooth. 

Assembling the Tart: -
We need to do this step quick & carefully & complete it while shells are still in the foil protection.
Take the shells out of refrigerator & line them up on a tray.
Gentlely drop 2 spoonfuls cherry preserve in each tarlette.
Pour almost 3 spoonfuls ganache into each shell and quickly transfer to the refrigerator.  
Chill until set, about 2-3 hours.

Time to enjoy the labor of your hard work.

I loved my Graham Cracker shells, they a delicate though...

Shell crumbling, preserve oozing out yum..yumm... Sinful !!!

I loaded my Tart with some extra cherry love..
Let me know how you like it !

Love, Sonia


  1. This looks so delicious ..lovely pics

  2. Your photos look sensational. They look so yummy!

  3. the chocolate looks so sinful...ive never had this before with cherries in it

  4. so agree food bloggers are the best and wow these tarts look amazing

  5. Thank you for the yummy tarts. Rebecca from Chow&Chatter sent me here via twitter, and I was not disappointed. Yum!

  6. Love to interact with all of you guys here as well! Congrats on the visitors :)

    I do like eating cherries cold out of the fridge. But I am glad you were able to have enough to make these tarts. Looks delicious!

  7. Too good...!!!Amazing one..
    We enjoyed your each & every recipe....Always innovative....Great Of You...

  8. I cant take my eyes off this yummy tart!! awesome!!

  9. U do have an awesome space here dear...With the right blend of both - food & photography...bang on!!! And this tart is simply gorgeous!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  10. be still my heart! Simply decadent and rich and beautiful. I am in love- seriously in love and I need this now!

  11. i agree with you, blogging turned out to be a wonderful hobby. I meet so many new amazing friends!!
    These tartlets look great! Congrats on top 9!!

  12. congrats on top 9...your tartlets look great!! love the pics and chocolate and cherry go so well together!!

  13. This is definitely a keeper! These look amazing!

  14. Those look luscious! What a marvelous treat.




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