Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kiddo in the Kitchen: Milk Chocolate Pretzel Tart


Kiddo would live on pretzels if I would let him. I've leaned down to kiss him good-night only to hear a crinkling sound and find the bag under his pillow.

But, I'm a mean mom and make him vary up his menu a little with fruit and protein, veggies, and well, cookies.


For this edition of Kiddo in the Kitchen, kiddo chose from my stack of recipes torn from magazines. I'm not sure where this one came from, but I'm going to guess it was Food & Wine.

(This recipe has a lot of waiting time...chilling the dough, rolling and re-chilling, cooling the crust, cooling the ganache and finally time for the tart to set-up. That said, I don't think it's the best recipe to make with a 4-year-old. Not much instant gratification. :))

Milk Chocolate Pretzel Tart

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 & 1/2 c. thin pretzels, coarsely crushed
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. flour
1 egg
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 & 1/2 c. heavy cream
3/4 lb. milk chocolate, chopped
Sea Salt (Maldon or Fleur de Sel)
crushed pretzels


Beat the butter with 3/4 c. crushed pretzels and powdered sugar at low speed until creamy. Beat in the flour and egg. Stir in the remaining 1/2 c. pretzels.

Flatten the dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Roll out the dough between the waxed paper to 12" round. Peel off the top sheet and invert over a 10" tart pan. Press dough into the corners and patch any tears. Trim dough and refrigerate 30 minutes.

{Kiddo wants you to know he did not CHOOSE the heart-shaped pan...it's the only one I have. Whew...crisis averted.}


Line the shell with parchment and fill with pie weights.


{Or dried black-eyed peas in our case.}

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the parchment and weights and bake for another 10 minutes. Cover the edges with foil if needed. Let cool completely.


Brush the crust with melted bittersweet chocolate. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Pour the cream over the chocolate; let stand 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Let sit at room temperature for 45 minutes, until it is a room temperature.

Pour the filling into the shell and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.




Before serving, sprinkle lightly with sea salt and crushed pretzels.



Kiddo gives it a...drum roll, please...


THE END

50 comments:

  1. Great post! Looks like a wining recipe and what a handsome helper:)

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  2. I've read this three times now. Gee, I hope you can't see the lick marks on the screen.

    YUMYUMYUM.

    I <3 Kiddo, by the way.

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  3. Bridget, I have gained 5 pounds just reading this post {twice - okay, four times}.

    Go ahead and give Kiddo a big ole hug from me, because I am sure enough making that tomorrow! {Just don't look at my hips}

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  4. oh YUMMM!!!

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  5. Tough critic. My kids give me a 10 for just doing the break and bake cookies...which says a lot about my cookies

    (and my kids :) good thing they live next to Ms. Bridget. . . to which my son said the other day, "Mom, you can't be good at everything!)

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  6. Well, that looks sinfully delicious! Has your pretzel loving son tried the new pretzel M&M's?

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  7. YUM!!!!! I love these posts - such a great idea, and how fun for you and your son!!! So cute! Love it!

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  8. Oh my! I will be making this next weekend! I just adore sweet and salty together, especially chocolate and pretzels!!

    Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

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  9. Looks like high marks from the judge:) I agree!

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  10. How fun! My 11 year old loves to cook. We watched Julie and Julia together and the next day she couldn't wait to go to the library to check out Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She picked out a chocolate cake that was delicious, but used nearly every bowl and pan in my kitchen!

    Looks like your son picked a winner!

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  11. i'm pretty sure i could live on pretzels too...especially when they are covered with chocolate. I'm telling you, the kid's got good taste!

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  12. Mmm...sweet and salty, Yum! Cute helper too :)

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  13. i give kiddo a cool & deserved 10...what a fab future baker!!

    i love the way he measured the flour & how great is it that he likes to bake!

    AWESOME post!!!!

    SHOUT OUT TO KIDDO!! YOU ROCK!!

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  14. Are you kidding me??? Mmmmm...chocolate and salty pretzels...
    Looks like you have an awesome helper too!

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  15. YUUUUUUUUMMMYYYY!!! My kindda pie! :)

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  16. that looks SO good! Great job, Kiddo:)

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  17. I bet that's some good stuff! Salty and sweet never looked so yummy :)

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  18. I love anything that has the sweet and salty combo...this looks delicious!

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  19. YUM!!!!! I just LOVE that your son likes to help in the kitchen!!!

    Allison (8th grade) - is having career week next week - she told her teacher she wants to be a pastry chef LOL....funny thing is, she doesn't help me in the kitchen THAT much! She says she wants her own biz, and I can clean up her messes! ROTFL

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  20. love it. He is so adorable. And this recipe looks divine! :)

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  21. This looks so delicious. Can't wait do bake with my son (he's 2). Currently anything he "helps" me with would not be fit for serving guests. Most people do not like repeatedly licked fingers making them food. Weird, right?! :)
    ~Tara

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  22. Great kiddo post! I love the 9.0 review, very helpful :)

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  23. Another great job by a super twosome! Kiddo is just as photogenic as his Mom.

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  24. Wow, that looks so... yummy ! I'm going to make one this coming weekend with my kids!

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  25. He is ADORABLE and I love that you let him create in the kitchen. Love the scoring at the end ;-)

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  27. oh..this looks yum-o!!! I have to make and your son..he is just precious!! What a cutie!!

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  28. Yum what a fun and delicious recipe! You and Kiddo must have so much fun in the kitchen! :D

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  29. Any way you can make it dairy free? That looks so good. I'll have to figure out how to create a dairy free version.

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  30. I LOVE chocolate covered pretzels! Sweet, salty... this looks SO SO good!

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  31. Looks amazing! Kiddo is adorable. I love kids in the kitchen. That is so great...good Mom!

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  32. I adore the pretzel and chocolate combo. This is something my daughter could eat.

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  33. I absolutely love kiddo in the kitchen. I think it's a great way to involve the kids in cooking and I love your step by step recipe photos, those are always necessary for me! Definitely will try this recipe soon!

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  34. oh I definitely have to make this - pretzels and chocolate - yum! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. sounds and looks delish!

    how adorable is your son???

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  36. Mmmm, this looks DELICIOUS! I need to add this to my have-to-try list!

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  37. That looks delicious! I am definitely going to try it. I just found your blog today, but I think I love you already. LOL :)

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  38. Wow that looks so good! Your boy is totally adorable, looks like he'll be a baker like his mommy :D

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  39. Looks like a fun recipe... Your sun always does a great job in the kitchen!

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  40. OMG...I would have to give that a 10!!!!

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  41. That is one cute Kiddo and one lovely tart! :)

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  44. Looks great, but I have a couple question? You mention flour in the crust, but you do not list it in the ingredients, am I missing something? Also when you call for bittersweet chocolate are you refering to semi sweet chocolate?

    I love your blog! Thanks for all the fun recipes!

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  45. Hey Andrea! Thanks for catching my mistake on the flour. I've fixed it. Yes, bittersweet chocolate, but you could certainly substitute semi-sweet.

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  46. You're kiddo did a great job! I've actually been wanting to try a pretzel crust tart. It sounds good.
    ~ingrid

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  47. Wow! This is beautiful! I liked it so much. I hope I can make my kid something like this.

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