Obscure Friends references aside, they came out perfectly! Being the more difficult of the two recipes for the month, I was a little worried at first, as I've never really made anything like this, but they really weren't that difficult to do. I set aside the afternoon so I wouldn't be rushed, and everything went quite smoothly. The crusts were probably the toughest part, as I'm not used to working quick with a dough like that. But I kept my finger tips cool by dipping them in ice water now and then, and tried hard not to overwork it... at the end they seemed a bit melty so I probably let them get too warm, but they baked up fine and the finished product was tasty, if a little crumbly.
Here they are before baking:
And here is the end result, as B and I had them for dessert one evening:
From one recipe, I had enough to make 8 tartlets, so we ate a few of them and the others were wrapped and frozen. Last night I unwrapped a few and let them thaw in the fridge, and they were just as good as the first night we had them. You can find the recipe with one of this week's hosts: A Whisk and A Spoon, Spike Does Stuff, Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats, and CookBookHabit.
The chocolate crust was good, but the next time I have a dessert to make for a crowd, I may very well get some pre-made tart shells and fill them with the truffle filling and top with fresh berries or perhaps a coulis. Mmm... that is *definitely* going on my 'to do' list!!!
*Note: At first I was going to simply do one large tart, because I already have a large tart pan, but I stumbled across a set of 6 small ones (pictured above before baking) at a local dollar store. I've noticed a number in the group commenting that they didn't want to spend a small fortune on getting the tins... don't forget to check out your local dollar/discount stores, or even thrift stores! You'd be surprised what you might find! ;)