Irish Coffee Tartlets

March 16, 2010

Irish Coffee Tartlets

Who said St. Patrick's Day means Irish coffee beverages only? This charming tart has the bite of fine Irish whiskey coupled with the creamy richness of chocolate and coffee. We suggest pre-baked tiny tart crusts for easy prepping, however, if you're ambitious, make a class butter crust to show off the filling best. Tiny tarts are about 2" in diameter, and this recipe makes about two dozen.

This recipe makes about 24 tiny tartlets

Irish Coffee Tartlets Ingredients: 
For the filling: 
2/3 cups sugar 
1/3 cup whipping cream 
4 large egg yolks (make a calorie-saving white egg omelet with the remainder) 
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped fine 
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine 
1 tablespoon espresso powder 
4 tablespoons Irish whiskey

For the cream topping: 
1 cup of whipping cream 
1 tablespoon of Irish whiskey 
1 ounce milk chocolate, shaved

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sugar with 1/3 cup cream and the 4 egg yolks and set the bowl over a simmering pot of water taking care not to have the bowl touch the water as it will curdle the eggs. 
Whisk about three or minutes until the sugar dissolves completely or until tiny bubbles form along the inside of the bowl. 
Remove the bowl from the heat and stir into the mixture 4 ounces of dark chocolate, the unsweetened chocolate, the espresso powder, and 4 tablespoons of whiskey. 
Whisk the mixture until is is shiny, smooth, and thick. Cool down to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
In another bowl, whip 1 cup of cream until soft peaks form; this can be done by hand or with an electric mixer. 
Add 1 tablespoon of whiskey and beat the cream until it is firm and thick.
Gently and carefully fold half of the whipped cream and whiskey into the chocolate mixture to create a marble design. 
Using a tablespoon, scoop out a portion and fill each of the tartlets until each are filled. 
Use a knife to smooth them, as necessary or leave with a slight mound. Refrigerate to further firm up the filling, about 4 hours. 
Cover the remaining whipped cream/whiskey mixture and refrigerate.
To serve, add a ½ teaspoon or more of the whipped cream with whiskey mixture on top of each tartlet and sprinkle some shaved chocolate on top.


The following nutritional analysis is provided by and is calculated for an approximate 6 oz serving:
Calories 130 
Calories from Fat 80 
Total Fat 9g 12% Daily Value
Saturated Fat 4g 20% Daily Value
Trans Fat 0g 
Cholesterol 55mg 18% Daily Value
Sodium 20mg 1% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3% Daily Value
Dietary Fiber 3% Daily Value
Sugars 9g 
Protein 2g 
Vitamin A 4% Daily Value
Vitamin C 0% Daily Value
Calcium 2% Daily Value
Iron 4% Daily Value