Ghostly Chocolate Orange Tarts for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in #SundaySupper, Sweet Treats | 46 comments

Ghostly Chocolate Orange Tarts for #SundaySupper

Happy Halloween! I cannot believe how quickly Halloween weekend has rolled around, but here we are, the end of October, with pumpkins a-plenty and a cold, wintry wind blowing in. This week, Leslie of La Cocina de Leslie, is hosting a wickedly fun-filled Trick or Treat Sunday Supper and imaginations have run wild with spooky creations.

I really got into the spirit and went a bit over-the-top with this recipe – but isn’t that what Halloween is all about?! It’s a little time consuming, but nothing is that difficult, so these would be great to make with children on Halloween afternoon.

The idea for these began because I had leftover puff pastry from my Tarte Tatin – and being inordinately proud of having made such a thing, I wanted to use it up. You could buy the puff pastry, but once you see how enjoyable making it is, you may not want to!

 

Meringue

The over-the-top-ness comes in the form of ghost meringues, which are easy-peasy to make, although you need the oven to be free for a good couple of hours.  The pastry and meringue came together with a chocolate orange filling – to me the combination of dark, slightly bitter chocolate and zesty orange is Halloween.

Puff Pastry tarts

I filled the pastry cases with a simple ganache, then topped them with melted chocolate to sandwich tart and meringue together. Et voila, ghostly chocolate orange tarts – the perfect sweet treat for any Halloween party!

 

Ghostly Chocolate Orange Tarts

Ingredients:

For the tarts:

  • Puff Pastry, either home-made or shop-bought (about 8oz, although I didn’t measure it exactly!)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100ml double cream
  • 6oz dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
  • 1tbsp orange zest, finely grated
  • 1tbsp orange juice
  • 1tsp ginger

For the meringue:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 6oz caster sugar

Method:

Preheat the oven to 170C and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Make the meringue by whisking the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Then continue to whisk while slowly adding the sugar, about a tablespoon at a time, and combining completely before adding the next bit. The meringue should be stiff and glossy- and should stay put when you turn the bowl upside-down. Put it over your head if you are feeling brave!

Put the mixture into a piping bag with a large nozzle and pipe onto the baking sheet, making them fairly high. Leave a fair bit of space between each one, as they spread a little when baking. Put into the oven and reduce temperature to 140C. Bake for at least an hour until the meringues are crisp. Then, turn off the oven and leave the meringues in there for at least another hour, until cool.

To make the tarts, roll out the puff pastry until fairly thin and cut small circles with a cookie cutter, or a glass. Press into a greased cupcake mould tin and prick the bases with a fork to stop them rising too much. Bake in the oven at 180C for 10 mins, then remove from oven.

In the meantime, make the ganache by warming the cream in a pan until just simmering. Grate half the chocolate and stir into the cream until melted. Remove from heat. Put the beaten egg into a large bowl and slowly add the cream and chocolate, a little at a time and whisking constantly. Then stir in the zest and juice.

Pour the mixture into the pastry cases and return to the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and the ganache has set.

When the tarts have cooled, melt the rest of the chocolate and spread onto the tarts. Stick on the ghost meringues before the chocolate sets.

For as many Halloween tricks and treats as you could ever need, look no further than our Sunday Supper menu. Happy Witching!

Bewitching Brews

Ghoulish Gruel:

Haunted Snacks:

Spooky Sweets:

Remember, you can join us on Twitter throughout the day, and we’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (EST) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about all things Halloween.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your favorite Halloween recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.

46 Comments

  1. How cute! And tasty too. Love the chocolate tarts alone and then the ghost meringue tops make them so fun!
    Renee recently posted..Jack O Lantern Cookies for #Halloween Trick-Or-Treat #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Renee! They were a lot of fun to make!

  2. These are so cute! I think the tarts sound amazing, but then you took it to the next level with those ghosts!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Halloween Cookie Dough Pops ~ #TrickOrTreat #SundaySupper!My Profile

  3. Pinning this! love their little faces!
    Angie @ Big Bear’s Wife recently posted..Pumpkin Halloween Munch #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Angie!

  4. Oh wow, these are great – I love them! Fantastic flavor combo, as well.
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Shrunken Heads in Spiced Cider {#SundaySupper}My Profile

    • Thanks Heather!

  5. love these – so cute! What a great flavor combo, too!
    Pam @ The Meltaways recently posted..Crispy Graham Bones for a Trick or Treat #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Pam!

  6. Seriously craving these now ! Decadent and lovely ! Love all the flavors :)
    sunithi recently posted..White Chocolate Strawberry Ghosts #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Sunithi!

  7. Too cute! Love the little ghost faces!!
    Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen recently posted..Goblin Eggs for Trick or Treat #SundaySupper #Halloween PartyMy Profile

    • Thank you Bobbi!

  8. Oh my goodness, could these be any cuter?!?!?1 I love these little ghosts! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Katie recently posted..Meat Head: A Halloween DIY Tutorial for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Katie!

  9. OMG, those are so cute and look so good!!
    Tara Noland recently posted..Witch’s Fingers for Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Party at #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Tara!

  10. With all the technology we have today, it’s a shame you can’t teleport these absolutely beautiful treats to me! They look fantastic!

    • Ha, I often think that when doing the SundaySupper rounds! When will someone invent that?! Thank you :)

  11. That’s fabulous! I can’t wait to make these.
    Sheila recently posted..#SundaySupper: Halloween Popcorn CakeMy Profile

    • Thank you Sheila! I hope you enjoy them :)

  12. Stunning and delicious looking at the same time!!!!
    Bea recently posted..Jack-O-Lantern Carrot Cake for #SundaySupper {#Dairyfree}My Profile

    • Thank you Bea!

  13. I think these are my favorite treats! The flavors are wonderful and that piping is perfect!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..White Chocolate Dulce de Leche `Ghosts´ #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you so much, Paula!

  14. I saw those ghost meringues on pintrest and have been thinking I might give them a try for this Halloween as well. I picked my last bunch of raspberries from my garden this weekend and these with a bit of cream would be such a tasty treat. :)
    Laura Hunter recently posted..Mini Jack-o’-Lantern Sloppy Joe Pies #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I hope they work well for you!

  15. Katy, these are the cutest dessert cups I have ever seen. Love, love, love this dessert. Happy Halloween! Pinned.
    Jennie @themessybakerblog recently posted..Sweet Cream Stuffed Pumpkin Muffins~ #MuffinMondayMy Profile

    • Thank you so much, Jennie!

  16. So neat Katy! I thought it was marshmallow at first!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Healthy Mediterranian Diet – O&CO Can HelpMy Profile

    • Thank you Cindy!

  17. Very spooky cute! At first I thought it was just whipped cream, not meringue.
    Carla recently posted..Candy-Stuffed Rice Crispy Treat Pumpkins for #SundaySupper #HalloweenMy Profile

    • Thanks Carla – it could be I guess!

  18. These look AWESOME! one of my faves from Sunday Supper for sure!!!! Love these!
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted..BOO Candy Corn and Chocolate Chip Cookies for Halloween #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks so much Alice!

  19. Its a cute recipe, scary and delicious.
    kathia recently posted..HALLOWEEN CEREAL BARS #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Kathia!

  20. The ghosts are too cute! Love how you swirled the meringue. I wish I knew how to work a pastry tip like that.
    Sarah recently posted..sweet & sour chicken when you can’t get deliveryMy Profile

    • Thanks Sarah! For the meringue I just used a large nozzle on a piping bag and piped round in spirals.

  21. Oh, these are just the cutest! I love ‘em!
    Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) recently posted..A Foodie Surprise from Wisconsin #foodiepenpalsMy Profile

    • Thank you Brandie!

  22. I love meringues, haven’t made them in forever! The ghosts are just too cute!

    • Good excuse to make them again! Thank you!

  23. I keep seeing these on pinterest. So cute. Love the ghosts.
    Kim Bee recently posted..Poggio Alloro Beef Ragu Sauce from A Family Farm in Tuscany (Cookbook Giveaway)My Profile

    • Thank you Kim!

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