TwD: Chocolate Truffle Tartlet from Baking with Julia

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie: BwJ assignment was chocolate truffle tartlets. Having made several quiches and tartlets for French Fridays with Dorie, I knew better than to make this entire dessert at once. To spare my sanity, I made the chocolate tart shell on one day and saved the filling for the next. I even used my own homemade cardamom-pecan biscotti I made weeks before to crumble in the filling. As for the baking itself, I had to leave my tartlets in the oven a bit longer than the recommended time in order to get that dry, crinkly looked.

In the end, the tartlet tasted like a delicious cake-like brownie but with a chewy cookie consistency. Does that make sense? I expected the tartlet to be rather dense, but it was surprisingly light, airy, and creamy. Though I’m not a huge chocolate fan, I did enjoy this tartlet. Good thing I only made two, or I’d have some serious sugar problems!

Overall, these tartlets were pretty easy to put together. So, I upped the ante by making Dorie’s suggestion of crispy cocoa cookies as an added flourish. However, I’m not sure I rolled out the chocolate cookie dough thin enough because these cookies weren’t super crispy like I’d thought. They more “mildly snappish” cookies. They were tasty nonetheless.

To see how other bloggers fared with Julia Child’s chocolate truffle tartlets, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group. Or, head over to this week’s hosts, spike.does.stuff, Good Eats ‘n Sweet Treats, or cookbookhabit to get the recipe.

83 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 01:49:20

    Looks great, I love chocolate!

  2. Anita Menon
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 01:54:37

    They look decadent. what do you do with leftovers? Take them to office I suppose.

  3. Amanda
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 02:45:21

    what a go-getter to make the cookies as well! They look great.

  4. Julia
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 03:02:02

    I love the cookies made from the extra dough. Now I’m wishing I hadn’t made the 10′ tart so I too could have made cookies.

  5. Cher
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 06:53:44

    Very nice! This was good, but a little bit too much chocolate for my tastes. Smart thinking to make it over two days.

  6. Three-Cookies
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 06:55:58

    I would have never guessed this was light. Looks extremely delicious

  7. kitchenbelleicious
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 06:58:45

    Umm, you have me beat on the chocolate desserts by a LONG SHOT! Seriously, I have never seen anything look this absolutely amazing and beautiful.! I am in love with it! LOL!

  8. Peggy
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 07:05:34

    Love your presentation! And those cookies too!! These were great little tarts.

  9. Maureen
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 07:06:42

    Message to Anita: if you do it right, there are never leftovers after a chocolate truffle tartlet ๐Ÿ™‚

    These look so good – you’re very clever.

  10. smarkies
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 07:10:32

    looks lovely! and you made the chocolate cookies as well!

  11. Im At Home Baking
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:18:09

    Looks great!

  12. Ei
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:26:35


  13. Holly
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:38:13

    Awww, such a gorgeous chocolate tart!

  14. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:39:37

    Will definitely show this to my middle daughter. She loves baking anything chocolate (and I love eating it!)

  15. Kathy
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:48:16

    Beautiful tartlets! I think you’re enjoying your new kitchen…can’t believe you made the cookies, too! Lovely!

  16. Suzi
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 08:53:10

    Your tartlets look fantastic and I bet they were really delicious. Yummy

  17. Casey
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 09:16:30

    This is a special treat. Both of them would be welcome in my kitchen.

  18. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 09:59:08

    “Mildly snappish.” What a descriptive term…I love it, and the tart looks divine!

  19. Krissy
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:09:08

    Very nice baking and I like the cookie idea, however, I am a chocoholic…I doubled the tart crust recipe…did the prebake so I could easily make more tarts…I knew I’d NEED them.

  20. Jodie
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:29:02

    Looks gorgeous!

  21. Asmita
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:44:16

    Hi Yummy chunklet,
    This looks so chocolaty and GOOD. Lovely!!!

  22. kyleen
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 11:46:20

    This tarlette is adorable. And I love that there’s so much chocolate!

  23. saffronandhoney
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 12:31:07

    These look very tempting!

  24. Elaine
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 12:36:38

    I didn’t have any leftover dough to make the cookies, but will have to try them with the dough that I froze. Your tart looks like a delicious brownie!

  25. Anna @ the shady pine
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 14:14:14

    How scrumptious! A dessert after my own heart!

  26. tierneymarie
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 15:28:56

    I must have done something wrong. My tartlets were definitely not light. In fact heavy almost seems like an understatement. Could you taste the cardamom in the biscotti?

  27. bakingaddict
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 15:33:27

    These look amazing! I love chocolate so would definitely say yes please to this ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Thu
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 15:36:39

    this looks delish! I have been on a diet for 2 weeks and then suddenly went crazy with coffee ice cream and oreos last night, I vow not to eat anything sweet again UNTIL I saw these photos…

  29. TrafficDiva
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 15:46:57

    My family had the AWESOME pleasure to try these choco-tarts and they. were. to.die.for! It was my granny’s 85th Birthday and she love chocolate! Yummy baked 3 BIG for each of us. THANK YOU YUMMY!!! from me and Granny and Mom! Simply Perfect!!

  30. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 15:55:38

    Pure chocolate perfection. Oh my.

  31. mary
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:00:14

    This looks like a delectable treat – I would love one with a cup of tea –
    Mary x

  32. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:20:50

    My mouth is open.. you have totally made me hungry with this post lol. I LOVE chocolate as you know and this looks amazing. I’m making this.

  33. Heather
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:30:51

    It looks fantastic!

  34. Tia
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:41:09

    this looks fab! i used to be part of the old twd… but i’m so busy now… oh how i miss it though.

  35. Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:44:45

    oh yummy.. what a surprise that it wasn’t dense. licking the screen now!

  36. rebecca
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 17:08:20

    looks like choc heaven

  37. Kim
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 17:33:09

    Your tarts look great! I would describe mine turning out like yours…I cooked mine longer than the recipe suggested to make sure the eggs were done…maybe you did that too? ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Ronda
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 17:36:10

    Oh. My. Gosh! That looks so good.

  39. Stefanie
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 17:43:51

    Mmmm that looks divine!! Love the crinkled top!

  40. simply Life
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 18:10:19

    yes, please! I wish this was here for dessert right now!

  41. Liz
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 18:18:40

    My chocoholics loved this! I just remembered that I forgot to mention that I skipped the cookies…you went all out making your own biscotti!

  42. filingawaycupcakes
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 18:54:30

    looks delish! How gorgeous are the pics too!

  43. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 19:06:12

    Your made your own biscotti??!! Wow. Impressive. I should have made fewer tartlets, too, since I’ve been the one eating all the leftovers.

  44. Ryan
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 20:56:44

    Beautiful job on the tart! It looks chocolaty and delicious!

  45. hotlyspiced
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 21:40:07

    Wow! That looks so delicious. I just love all the chocolaty colour of the tart. I can just imagine enjoying this with a double of double cream on the side. Well done!

  46. Karen
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 22:17:11

    Beautiful tart! That was smart to do this in two days. And I love that you used your homemade biscotti in this too!

  47. Ann
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 23:05:50

    Oh, that looks fantastic! I love the cookies….but like you, I’d love to have that crispy texture! Brilliant idea to split up the baking process!

  48. peachkins
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 03:13:07

    This looks like something I would eat six of……..

  49. promenadeplantings
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 05:44:00

    Oh wow, they look great!

  50. Jana
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 06:25:31

    SPECTACULAR, Iยดve not words…..
    xoxoxo ^^

  51. spicegirlfla
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 07:28:01

    I love that you used your biscotti in these!! I’ve done that also, making a crust from crushed biscotti!! Makes for a unique crust!! Love your photos; the plate design is very cool!!

  52. jora
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 07:36:31

    Cardamom-pecan biscotti sound incredible! I love the crackly tart on your tartlet, it looks delicious.

  53. kitchen flavours
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 07:57:25

    I have never made a choc truffle tart before! Looks yummy!

  54. Lola
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 08:08:57

    I pinned your cardamom pecan biscotti and can’t wait to make them! Your tarts look great.

  55. Alice
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 10:48:59

    Love that you made the cookies too and that it looks like a flower they way you photo-ed it! ๐Ÿ™‚ how great! ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved the consistency of this tart too!

  56. Frollicking Night Owl
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 12:48:57

    Good for you for making your own biscotti! Looks wonderful!!

  57. forgottenbeast
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 12:48:59

    Lacking in snap or not–those are still some gorgeous cookies! And yeah, of course the tart too. So much chocolate! Good idea to do it in stages–I always get overwhelmed by fancy dessert recipes.

  58. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 13:19:23

    What a gorgeous dessert! I love the truffle tartlet and the cookies – yum!

  59. ceciliag
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 13:30:57

    gorgeous, mostly in was interested in your making your base with the crumbled biscotti, that sounds great!

  60. Reem | Simply Reem
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 16:06:23

    This looks great!!!
    Chocolate truffle tart…. heavenly!!!

  61. My Inner Chick
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 17:13:00


    My Butt just great 2 more inches !!!

  62. Wendy
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 17:53:35

    How cool that you used your own homemade biscotti.

  63. beti
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 20:24:22

    it looks so decadent and delicious! the top looks a bit crunchy but I don’t mind, it is all good

  64. cindyrina
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 21:09:13

    Delicious with tea… simply lovely!

  65. bygore
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 21:55:40

    Enjoyed reading your blog, check mine out if you get a chance. I made all six tartlets, froze two. Hope they taste good when thawed.

  66. Terra
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 22:14:08

    You had me at “cake like” and “chewy cookie!” Looks DELISH! ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Kristen
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 05:58:27

    You were so smart to make this into small tartlets. They look delicious, too.

  68. Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 06:25:38

    So you made your own cardamom pecan biscotti? I’m so impressed! Your tart looks amazing and your “mildly snappish” (that term made me smile) cookies look like the perfect compliment! Bravo for a wonderful post ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 09:11:00

    omg they look irresistible.tasty treat.. and I can only stare at them. O.O

  70. Ameena
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:43:49

    These look amazing! I love how perfect they look – easily something I could find at Bouchon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Juliana
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 13:47:02

    Wow, the tartlet looks fabulous, I love your description of its texture…yummie!
    Looks very tempting indeed.
    Hope you are having a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 15:02:33

    Every time I visit I seem to want to say…I wish that was sitting in front of me right now!

  73. Karen
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 19:21:02

    I’m a chocolate girl and this looks good. Thanks for the tip of doing the recipe in stages.

  74. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 21:13:41

    hi yummy chunklet, this really looks yumm and attractive…when i saw the pic, bookmarked right away with thanks. have a nice day

  75. JasmyneTea
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 23:07:11

    Love chocolate ANYTHING, looks like a great recipe – love the addition of your biscotti ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. FiSh
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 00:10:35

    this reminds me of Chipsmore, but of course homemade ones are healthier with less sweetened taste ๐Ÿ˜€

    Latest: Lovely Taste at 6

  77. Baker Street
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 07:30:36

    Chocolate anything is always welcome. These small tartlets look adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. sanyaliving
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 15:19:30

    These look great! I ordered my book and can’t wait to join you guys!

  79. vianneyrodriguez
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 19:39:49

    okay a bowl of soup followed by a piece of this chocolate treat!! yummy!!

  80. Baking is my Zen
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 20:57:56

    Smart to bake in stages…I do it all the time…

    ~ Carmen

  81. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 16:05:57

    sounds great with homemade biscotti! and bonus points for the “mildly snappish” (great description,btw) cookies, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Lauren
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 19:19:44

    Glad I found your blog – it’s very inspiring. Looking forward to baking with you!

  83. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:19:01

    Gorgeous tart my friend – the chocolate calls to me ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

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