s unpopular as it can be – I love Valentine’s Day! Sue me! In my romantic mind, one whole day dedicated entirely to love is the best thing ever! The international day of love is also a perfect excuse so that one can indulge in plenty of decadent sweet treats all day long. Count me in!
And yes, your good old, typical box of chocolate and a red rose will work just fine, however I think that if you have that significant other in your life, a little elbow grease can’t hurt! After all – it is your significant other, right? So, I’ve created a simple, yet delicious sweetness that will say “I love you” loud and clear, and your loved one will be over the moon! You’ll thank me later, no problem, I can wait!
How to Make Heart Shaped Tart?
First thing first, you will need a heart shaped perforated tart mold, like the one on the photo. This one is about 20cmx20cm (8″x8″) in size. Once you have the mold, you will need to make shortcrust pastry. This time, I’ve decided to go all the way and color the pastry in red – the color of love! :)
Today I am using the same recipe that I’ve used for making , because it allows me to avoid using baking weights. Now, for this recipe you will not need this technique, but if you want to learn what weights have to do with making a tart anyway (it’s always good to learn something new, right?), check my about it – it’s interesting, I promise!
How to Line Perforated Tart Mold?
O.K. moving on! So, like I’ve said, this type of tart mold calls for totally different technique! First you will need to roll out the pastry to 3mm (1/8″) thickness. Then, you will need to put rolled pastry into the freezer. Once chilled, you will cut out strips for the sides of the tart, and the heart for the bottom of the tart. And that’s it! Pop the tart in the oven for 12 minutes, and you’re good to go!
Not One, but Two Ganache Fillings!
To fill my lovely heart shaped tart I’m making two types of ! I will start with good old dark chocolate ganache, and as soon as it’s done, I will pour it into baked and cooled tart shell, and put everything in the fridge until it is set.
Then, I will make white chocolate and coconut ganache! To do that I will first infuse unsweetened shredded coconut into the cream by heating them together. Then, I will cover the mixture and leave it on the counter for about 15 minutes. I will strain the cream, and continue making ganache.
How to Decorate a Heart Shaped Tart for Valentine’s Day?
Great question! I’ve decided to make it simple, so I’ve put two mini red roses and some strawberries on the top – you can’t miss with that! However, if you want to show off with your chocolate skills, feel free to and make unique for your special sweet treat. What the heck – you can even a special love note to your significant other onto the tart! Now – wouldn’t that be just awesome, ha?!
Either way, I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day, enjoy life, love each other and create sweetness all day long! :)
Well, what do you think about this post?
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