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    >>> and "martha on today," a homemade valentine's day treat for your special somebody. martha's here to teach us how to make the heart-shaped chocolate ganoch tartlets featured on the cover of " martha stewart living ."

    >> you've made this, right?

    >> so many times. in my sleep.

    >> and you baked it.

    >> of course.

    >> the chocolate filling, the tart shell is very easy to make. it's butter and sugar, flour, cocoa, a little vanilla and a little salt, and it's a press-in tart shell and you bake that.

    >> you bake that first.

    >> yeah. you need the heart-shaped pad that makes it pretty and you can use large individuals.

    >> are those difficult to find, those pans?

    >> no, they're at the cake and bake store, any of those nice home stores.

    >> okay.

    >> now, heavy cream.

    >> right.

    >> and milk. pour it into your semi- sweet chocolate .

    >> okay.

    >> now, that's how you make ga ganache. it's a simple process. you can mix that up, al, until the chocolate is melted. we have it all melted here and then cool it a little bit before you add one egg.

    >> because you don't want the egg to cook.

    >> no, you don't want the egg to cook. you want it to thicken the mixture.

    >> all right.

    >> so, i'm beating the egg up first, putting it into the chocolate. and then that is your filling.

    >> that's it.

    >> that's your filling. it's as simple as can be.

    >> i like that.

    >> and you pour that into your tart shell and chill.

    >> uh huh .

    >> you want me to pour it?

    >> yeah, you pour it.

    >> see, i can do cooking. i can. i'm better than al.

    >> meredith is the best role model you can have.

    >> i know. i follow her.

    >> yes, yes.

    >> and while you're doing -- she's pouring, we're going to --

    >> now, the beauty is the meringue hearts. we're going to make meringue hearts, which is basically egg whites or meringue powder, tinted a pretty color. we made many colors of pink. you just use -- that's the meringue powder albeiten up. add a little bit of red food coloring, stir that up and see how it tints it?

    >> oh, that's good.

    >> and that's edible food coloring . and you just make a pretty, pretty color, pink, mauve, deeper purple.

    >> the more you add, the darker.

    >> of course, yeah, yeah. then put this into your pastry bag . and you can all practice making hearts. it takes a little bit of practice to do the piping.

    >> let's see how you do this.

    >> then fold this up. there, you each have a bag.

    >> okay.

    >> i would suggest piping it on to parchment paper.

    >> so, how do you make the heart?

    >> only squeeze with one hand, the top hand, and then point with your other hand. and this has to be pulled down a little bit, so --

    >> okay.

    >> then just to form the heart, you go one direction like that, and then the other direction and then pull up.

    >> looks easy enough.

    >> oh, you're doing a good job.

    >> i was.

    >> you were.

    >> and then it all went downhill.

    >> no, that's not good, al.

    >> what about -- perfect! look at mine.

    >> look how beautiful.

    >> no, no, watch, watch. go one way like that and then start at the top again and come down the other way.

    >> should it all be filled in?

    >> yeah, it should be all filled in.

    >> you can make any hearts you want and then bake these --

    >> that's terrible. that's like a meredith heart. that is awful, awful!

    >> i hope meredith isn't watching. so, here is your tart. look how gorgeous.

    >> that is beautiful.

    >> you turn that out on to a platter like this and then you decorate. here, al, you can do this.

    >> i can do that.

    >> these are all baked in a turned-off oven, overnight.

    >> how long does it take to get like this to this?

    >> overnight in a turned-off oven.

    >> she just said that!

    >> oh, here you can taste and tell me if you like it. that's the small tart.

    >> okay.

    >> then another -- we have all kinds of valentine's recipes. meringue hearts filled with passion fruit of kurd and raspberries.

    >> cupcakes?

    >> cupcakes with the little red hot. and then these are beautiful. oh, al, look what i made for you.

    >> aww.

    >> it says al.

    >> am i your valentine?

    >> you bet. today. today.

    >> tomorrow all bets are off.

    >> today's not valentine's day, but before valentine's day, you are indeed. that's for you.

    >> martha stewart --

    >> which one's for me? that's fine. don't worry about me.

    >> then we have cloud nine.

    >> yeah, there you go!

    >> thank you.

    >> and let me see. ooh, we have cutie. that's for meredith . meredith .

    >> there you go. and just

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updated 2/11/2010 11:14:23 AM ET 2010-02-11T16:14:23

Recipe: Chocolate ganache tartlets

  • For tart shells
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray, for pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For ganache filling
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Meringue hearts.

Make tart shells:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Make the tart shells: Coat five 5-inch heart-shaped tart pans (fantes.com) with cooking spray.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt.

Beat butter with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar, and beat until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Reduce speed to low. Add vanilla and flour mixture, and mix until dough just begins to hold together, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn out dough onto plastic wrap, the wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 5 equal pieces, and press into bottom and up sides of prepared tart pans. Using a sharp paring knife, trim excess dough flush with edges of pans. Patch any tears. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Bake tart shells on a rimmed baking sheet until firm, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks.

Make the ganache filling
Place chocolate in a bowl. Heat cream and milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until almost boiling; pour over chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes.

Slowly whisk until smooth. Let stand 10 minutes more. Stir in egg. Return tart shells to baking sheet, and pour in filling. Bake until just set, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from pans. Decorate with meringue hearts.

Recipe: Meringue hearts

  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • Gel-paste food coloring, in assorted colors (sugarcraft.com)

Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a heat-proof mixer bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a mixer, and beat with mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 7 minutes. Divide meringue into batches, and tint each with food coloring as desired. Transfer to pastry bags fitted with medium open star tips. Pipe hearts (1/2 inch to 1 inch each) onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 2 hours. Turn oven off, and let meringues stand in over for 8 hours (or overnight).


Meringues can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Serving Size

Makes 12 hearts

Recipe: Pear raspberry heart pie

  • Pate Brisee
  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 pounds (about 6) ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, core removed, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water, plus more for brushing
  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 disk of dough to a 13-inch circle, 1/8 inch thick. Fit dough into a 9-inch pie dish, and trim edges, leaving a 1/4-inch overhang, and refrigerate. Reserve scraps. Roll out second disk to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out 48 2-inch hearts, using scraps from bottom crust if necessary. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm.

Whisk together granulated sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add pears, raspberries, and lemon juice, and toss to coat. Spoon mixture into pie shell, piling high in the center. Dot with butter. Tuck overhang under dough so edges are flush with rim. Brush lightly with water. Arrange 22 hearts around edge of pie: Press hearts gently on edge, alternating direction and overlapping slightly. (To help hearts stick, lightly brush each with water as needed.) Repeat, overlapping 16 hearts for the second circle. Repeat, overlapping 10 hearts, points in, for the final circle. (The hearts' points will create a star-shaped vent in the center, about 1 1/2 inches wide.) Whisk yolk and water in a small bowl. Lightly brush entire piecrust with egg wash, then sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Alternatively, make the cut-out-heart pie: Following the directions in step one, leave the top crust whole and cut out hearts in center of dough using heart cutters in varying sizes. Transfer top crust to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm. Prepare the filling as in step 2, but do not tuck overhang under dough. Brush edge of shell lightly with water, then drape top crust over filling, centering design. Gently press dough around filling to fit, and trim excess dough, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Tuck overhang under bottom crust so edges are flush with rim, then crimp edges. Whisk yolk and water in a small bowl. Lightly brush entire piecrust with egg wash, then sprinkle with sanding sugar. Transfer pie to freezer until very firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack on the lowest third. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until crust turns light gold, 20 to 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake, rotating halfway through, until crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling, about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Serving Size

Makes one 9-inch double-crust pie


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