Boozy Chocolate Nachtmusik Tartlets

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Last year my husband and I had the absolute pleasure of spending a leisurely weekend away at Granny Mouse in the KZN Midlands with my good friend Nicola (www.runoncoffee.blogspot.com) and her husband Neil. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with boozy chocolate tartlets; well actually this weekend was the inspiration behind this recipe and a few other desserts that I have up my sleeve. On the Saturday evening we were hosted in the Eaves Restaurant at Granny Mouse where we enjoyed a fantastic 5 course meal, delicious wines and of course all paired with fantastic company. In all the times I’ve been to Granny Mouse I’ve been blown away by the friendliness of their staff and the amazing food and desserts, not to mention the exquisite accommodation.
Nachtmusik Chocolate Tarts
Our meal ended with a delectable dessert of toffee apples paired with a rich, chocolatey liqueur called Nachtmusik. I couldn’t get enough of this lip smackingly moreish liqueur which I might have displayed publicly by not only licking my glass, but beckoning the waiter for another tot. I don’t think I need to say much more about where I got my inspiration for this dessert so I’ll just cut to the chase and proceed with the recipe for this easy, Granny Mouse inspired dish.
For the Base:
1 Packet of Romany Cream biscuits
50g melted butter
For the Filling:
1 tub cream cheese
175ml cream (whipped to form stiff peaks)
½ cup castor sugar
100g melted chocolate
(I used Lindt dark)
30ml Nachtmusik
Method:
Place all the biscuits in a food processor and blitz till fine. Add the butter and combine well. Press the biscuit base into either a large 23cm loose bottom tart tin or divide biscuit mixture into 8 small tart tins and press into shape as I have done. Refrigerate till needed.
For the filling: – Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwavable dish. Add 80ml of the cream and microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time. Stir each time to ensure the chocolate does not burn. Once melted, set aside. Whip the remaining cream till stiff peak stage. In a separate bowl, place the cream cheese and add the whipped cream and remaining ingredient. Combine well. Remove tart casings from the fridge and carefully spoon mixture into each individual tin. Place back in the fridge and allow to set for up to 2-3 hours.
Nachtmusik Chocolate Tarts
Garnish tartlets with a selection of seasonal fruit or grated chocolate.

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