Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

Sometimes two foods find each other and you know it’s true love. Just think about chocolate and peanut butter. Meant to be! Chocolate and hazelnut? Perhaps even more of a match made in heaven! Today I’m about to share a recipe which should be approached with great caution. No, not because it’s difficult or dangerous. In fact, the danger lies in how easy this recipe is to execute.

Now does anyone actually need a batch of rich chocolate hazelnut tarts lying around tempting them at every glance? I certainly don’t! But I’m so glad I gave in. Truly, truly glad. I’m still thinking about these tarts and how perfectly they hit the sweet spot. But you’d better believe I won’t be making these again unless I’m having guests over to participate in the indulgence!

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

The secret to these tarts isn’t in the simple tart crust. That’s pretty fool-proof. The secret lies in the use of International Delight hazelnut flavored creamer to make the rich chocolate ganache filling. It will change your life. Trust me on this. And as I warned above, approach with extreme caution. The deliciousness abounds.

Sometimes two foods find each other and you know it's true love. Just think about chocolate and peanut butter. Meant to be! Chocolate and hazelnut? Perhaps even more of a match made in heaven! Today I'm about to share a recipe which should be approached with great caution. No, not because it's difficult or dangerous. In fact, the danger lies in how easy this recipe is to execute. Now does anyone actually need a batch of rich chocolate hazelnut tarts lying around tempting them at every glance? I certainly don't! But I'm so glad I gave in. Truly, truly glad. I'm still thinking about these tarts and how perfectly they hit the sweet spot. But you'd better believe I won't be making these again unless I'm having guests over to participate in the indulgence! The secret to these tarts isn't in the simple tart crust. That's pretty fool-proof. The secret lies in the use of International Delight hazelnut flavored creamer to make the rich chocolate ganache filling. It will change your life. Trust me on this. And as I warned above, approach with extreme caution. The deliciousness abounds.

For the crust, you just melt butter and mix in the sugar, salt, and flour. Very easy! No cutting in butter or any of that nonsense that you have to deal with when making pie crust. This is a great hands-on baking experience for kiddos.

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

Press the warm dough into each muffin pan cavity (I used a mini muffin pan), and cut away the scrap at the top. Note: I thought I had made my crusts on the thin side, but I definitely didn’t! They puffed up more than I had anticipated, So keep them on the thinner side. If you use a nonstick pan, they will pop out very easily, even if they are thin. (I tried both thicker and thinner, and liked the thinner ones better aesthetically, though I do like to eat lots of crust, so either way is a win in my book!)

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

Cover with plastic wrap and chill the pressed dough before baking. Don’t forget to pierce it so the dough doesn’t puff up too much! If you’re making a big tart, or even a standard tart or a standard muffin-size pan, you may want to use pie weights to keep the crust from popping up in the middle during baking.

The bake time will depend on how thick you pressed out the crust, as well as how large of a muffin pan you use. Set your timer for ten minutes, and add time depending on how golden they look, and also your preference. Allow the tart crusts to cool completely before flipping the pan upside down and gently tapping to release the shells from the pan.

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

The chocolate hazelnut ganache filling is equally as easy! Your ratio of creamer to chocolate should be 1 to 2. So, for my recipe I only needed 1/2 Cup hazelnut creamer with 1 Cup of dark chocolate. Start by warming the creamer in a sauce pan, and slowly stir in a little chocolate at a time, whisking to incorporate the chocolate into the creamer along the way. Don’t overheat! Once all of the chocolate is melted into the creamer, you’re ready to fill the tarts.

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

If you’re not worried about how your food photos look for your blog, this would be a prime time to let the little hands help again! Scoop the warm ganache into the cooled tart shells and top immediately with chopped and toasted hazelnuts. Or perhaps you prefer to top with a single hazelnut in the center. Let your conscience be your guide.

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

I think these mini tarts are perfect for parties, because you can make them well in advance and impress your guests with your artistry and, of course, your good taste. Or their good taste? (The tarts, that is!) I’m all about trying to impress my guests and trick them into thinking I’m the hostess with the mostest.

mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts
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For the tart shell
  1. 1 stick of butter
  2. 1 1/4 Cup of flour
  3. 2 Tablespoons sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of finely ground salt
For the ganache filling
  1. 1/2 Cup International Delight hazelnut creamer
  2. 1 Cup bittersweet chocolate chips (get the good stuff!)
Optional topping
  1. chopped and toasted hazelnuts
For the crust
  1. Melt the butter and mix in the flour, salt, and sugar with a fork. Press the warm dough into mini muffin pan cavities. Make sure to keep the crust on the thin side. Trim off excess dough. Chill the pan for about 15 minutes. Pierce the dough with a fork all over. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the crust is golden.
  2. Allow tart shells to completely cool on a cooling rack before gently turning over and tapping on the pan to release the shells from the pan.
For the ganache filling
  1. Warm the creamer in a sauce pan on low heat. Slowly stir in chocolate chips just a little bit at a time with a whisk. Do not overheat.
  2. When all of the chocolate is incorporated, fill the tart shells with the desired amount of ganache filling. Top immediately with chopped, toasted hazelnuts if desired. Allow the ganache to cool completely before serving.
Notes
  1. Do not stack tarts in storage. If you wish to stack tarts, decrease the amount of creamer used in the ganache recipe for a more solid set-up after cooling.
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mini chocolate hazelnut tarts recipe

Thanks, International Delight for partnering with me on this recipe! Any excuse to use bring hazelnut creamer into my home is more than welcome! But this recipe is takes the hazelnut experience to a whole new level. It’s certainly one for the books. Check out more recipes using Internation Delight creamers at their Facebook page and Pinterest too.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Planning the Living Room Refresh

Living Room Before Ikea Replacement Slipcovers

Lately we’ve been feeling antsy about our living space. Feeling like we’re outgrowing our home. Wondering if we need more space or less things. (Less things.) We’ve put together a savings plan that should get us into another home (hopefully one we build) in five or so years, which means we’ll be in our little ranch for quite a while longer. I’d say a wee bit of attention is in order!

First I began purging some of our less sightly toys and trimming down the kiddo side of things. Then I began to reassess usability of spaces, organization, and- the fun part- decor! The biggest thing I don’t like about this space is the cover of our large Ikea Karlstad sectional. I’ve been wanting to get a custom cover for it for quite some time, and it’s finally happening! I ordered some fabric samples from Comfort Works, a slipcover company that specializes in custom-made Ikea slipcovers, and I am beginning to plan a few refreshes for our living room that will make this space feel a bit more cohesive and pleasant to be in.

Living Room Before Ikea Replacement Slipcovers

This is our only shared living space in our home, besides the kitchen and dining area, and also serves as an office and playroom. Things can get really cluttered really fast! So I decided it’s important to keep decor on the neutral side of things to maintain a calmer feelings in the midst of everything that has to fit inside this room. So here are a few things I’m hoping to change, and I’d really love your opinions before I make each change!

comfort works ikea karlstad slipcoverlamp / orange chair / slipcover / rug

 ikea slipcover replacement
 As I mentioned, I’m going to be recovering the sofa with a replacement slipcover from Comfort Works, which will probably be the biggest impact of this entire refresh. I’m very set on a light colored slipcover which we will have coated to protect from spills and dirt. It will have piping at the edges and also a skirt for a more tailored feel than what we have now. In addition to the cover, I’m going to remove the throw pillows and replace them with two custom-made bolsters from Comfort Works which will match the slipcover material and add to the tailored look of the newly slipcovered sofa. Having fewer pillows certainly takes away some interest from the sofa but helps calm the room overall with less visual clutter.

ikea slipcover replacement
Right now we have two large Ikea rugs that are similar in color to our terrazzo floors, so there is no delineation of zones with our rug choice, and also no decorative impact. I liked that it is a simple rug with no pattern, but I would like to have a little color on the floor in the seating area, so I think I’d like to replace the ivory low-pile rug with a light colored, dusty pink, medium-pile shag rug instead. Am I crazy? I’m thinking the dusty pink acts like a neutral, to a degree, but would contrast nicely alongside a light colored slipcover.

ikea slipcover replacement
The armchair featured in the collage above is actually from West Elm, but it’s similar in shape to the one I have now which was a thrift store score from years ago. The fabric is very worn down from my brother’s dogs, and in desperate need of reupholstering. I’m thinking I would like to go a bit darker with the material to contrast with the pink rug, but I don’t want it to be too dark and stand out too much in such a light space. I’m leaning towards this rusty orange shade featured in the image above, but I can’t seem to pull the trigger just yet. Also, I’m considering a fabric with a subtle pattern as well. Something 60s inspired- possibly geometric or floral. Would that be too crazy when I’m trying to go more neutral?

ikea slipcover replacement
At first I considered doing away with the gallery wall above the sofa and adding shelves to make the cabinet into more of a media center. I haven’t given up on the idea yet, but for now I’m just swapping out some art, as well as a couple of frames, and simplifying the colors of the gallery wall to be a bit more calm and neutral. The large yellow art over our sofa is something I found at the thrift store last summer, and certainly am not wedded to it, but I do love its shape, color, and content. However, is it too bright of a yellow for the calm look I’m trying to achieve? It would be nice to have a big pop of color since I am trying to go more neutral with other things, but what about the pink rug? And what about our armchair by the fireplace? Is having a pink rug, yellow art, and an orange armchair too much?

ikea slipcover replacement
This room has no overhead lighting, so we rely heavily on lamps to keep the space functional in the evenings. We do use the lamp by the television frequently, though I think that the current one is a bit overwhelming for the space. I like the idea of using a simple, vintage-inspired floor lamp that arcs over the cabinet so I can still have options for placing other objects on the tv cabinet, like plants or holiday decorations. I’d also love a bracketed light hanging near my computer at our office station on the opposite wall from the tv, but I don’t think I want to expand my current budget for this just yet, as the lamps I like are all above the $100 price range. I might choose to do that down the road.

ikea slipcover replacement
I have decided to keep the light color of the walls because of how long the room is and how low the ceiling is in comparison. Creating contrast between the ceiling and walls would just emphasize the low wall height, so I’m opting for the light color to keep things bright in a room that actually doesn’t get very much natural light thanks to our small windows and heavily wooded lot.

Living Room Before Ikea Replacement Slipcovers

We have a very useful toy storage situation behind our sofa which is actually the first thing you see when you walk into our living room. I don’t love how it looks, or love that it’s so clearly visible upon entry, but there is no other option for toy storage that would be so perfectly placed and out of the way. All of the toys are organized and the girls know how to clean up on their own, without me needing to do it for them. That’s sort of invaluable, if you ask me. I’ve considered building a nice top, sides, and doors for the toy cabinet, but I think it would be more difficult for the kids to get their toys in and out of here if I did that, and honestly the doors wouldn’t be closed except for after bedtime, most likely, and open doors might actually make the room seem more cluttered, rather than the opposite. Ah well, kids. Whatcha gonna do?

Mid Century Ranch Living Room

The last thing I feel a bit unsettled about is the fireplace wall. I guess it’s pretty stark and simple right now. Off to the left, outside this picture’s frame, is the girls’ kitchen set, which I will share more after the refresh is complete. Maybe it’s nice to have a more bare wall in such a jam-packed room? What do you think? What about the art? I keep overanalyzing it and am wondering if I should put a round mirror here instead.

Too many decisions, too little money, and I suppose lots of time to live in this home, so we really want to make this living room a space we can enjoy together!

WHAT I WORE | Back it Up

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I’m definitely down with the jumpsuits this season, as you may have guessed from my Summer shopping post I shared a while back! It’s a bit funny, as I had recently remarked to friends that I seem to have undergone a style coming of age, where I dress a little less juvenile now that I have two little girls to subject to my twee sartorial urges. And here I am frolicking around in playsuits and jumpers like a regular toddler. Sounds about right!

I’ve definitely felt a shift in my wardrobe choices thanks to motherhood, now opting for more sensible clothes and maybe less white. Certainly more trousers and less short skirts. But in general, I try not to let parenting dictate my wardrobe choices if possible. People have mentioned how they wish they could wear jumpsuits, but alas, toddlers. Alas, public restrooms. Alas, alas, alas. I’ve gotta say, I’ve learned jumpsuits are great for the toddler life! Nobody is pulling up my skirt. Nobody can pull up my shirt. Nobody can pull down my shirt either. Basically, this is my best bet for staying unexposed while in public with my kiddos. However, I feel unsettlingly exposed when using the restroom in one of these, but they can’t be all perfect, can they?

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This jumpsuit in particular* has become a fast favorite for the onset of our Ohio summertime. It’s a breezy cut in the legs that feels much cooler than wearing skirts (All the trapped air can get a bit steamy under there, amiright girls?), prevents thigh chafing (You’ll never see a thigh gap here!), and has a nice semi-open back that allows for both breezes and bras. See? Mom friendly! Gotta hold up the girls! (And I’m not talking about my children here.)

*I will warn you— if you’re interested in buying this same jumpsuit, the bust runs tight, which led to me ordering a size up from normal. But it fits great after doing that and tying the belt to suit me!

O U T F I T   D E T AI L S :

jumpsuit: ASOS / hat: ASOS / shoes: Amazon (they have cushioned soles!) / necklace: DIY

mommy fashion blogger canton, Ohio

mommy fashion blogger canton, Ohio

mommy fashion blogger canton, Ohio

Hazelnut Crunch French Toast

hazelnut crunch french toast

Readjusting to life after vacation is difficult for everyone, but for me, the worst part has been not having french toast every day! I developed an addition to the decadent breakfast food after indulging in it frequently during my recent visit to Sanibel Island, Florida. Not that I could ever grow tired of the traditional version of french toast, but I decided to get a little adventurous this week and think of ways to mix up my go-to method using one of my favorite flavors- hazelnut.

Instead of topping the french toast with something super crazy and decadent (like a chocolate hazelnut spread), I decided to enrich the custard with creamy hazelnut flavor using International Delight creamer. The result was so delicious, I had to share my recipe with you!

hazelnut crunch french toast

This french toast makes a great companion to your morning coffee, especially if you flavor your coffee with the hazelnut International Delight creamer. But it’s equally delicious paired with black coffee or unflavored creamer as well. Or tea! Let’s not forget our tea drinkers!

hazelnut crunch french toast

To get started, make sure you have a clear area of your countertop, because you’re going to need a bit of a dunking station right next to your stove if possible.

hazelnut crunch french toast

Begin by prepping the coating of your french toast. All you need to do is chop untoasted hazelnuts using an old fashioned knife and cutting board, a nut chopper, or a food processor as I did. Then make your custard and set up your dipping station. (Refer to the recipe at the end of this post for the custard ingredients— hint: it uses International Delight hazelnut creamer for a rich, flavorful end product!)

hazelnut crunch french toast

Dip sliced bread (I used a brioche type of bread) into the custard mixture, allow extra to drip off, then coat on both sides with chopped hazelnuts.

hazelnut crunch french toast

Cook each slice of bread on a lightly greased skillet until golden brown. Don’t let the hazelnuts burn, but if bits of them get a little black, it won’t ruin the toast.

Hazelnut Crunch French Toast
Traditional french toast made with a hazelnut flavored custard and coated in crunchy chopped hazelnuts
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Ingredients
  1. thick sliced bread of your choice
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 1/2 C milk of your choice
  4. 1/4 C International Delight hazelnut creamer
  5. 1/4 C chopped hazelnuts
Optional Toppings
  1. butter
  2. mini chocolate chips
  3. toasted chopped hazelnuts
  4. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the eggs with the milk and hazelnut creamer to make the custard dip. Place chopped hazelnuts onto a shallow dish. Dip one piece of bread into the mixture, allow excess custard to drip off, then coat on both sides with the chopped nuts. Cook on a lightly greased skilled on both sides of the bread until toasted to be golden brown. Take care not to over toast the hazelnuts. Repeat until all of your custard mixture is used up.
Notes
  1. The amount of slices of toast this custard mixture makes depends on the size and thickness of the bread which you use. I prefer using a light Italian bread or a brioche type of bread for making french toast.
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hazelnut crunch french toast

The crunchy texture and hazelnut flavor of the french toast is such a delicious way to mix up one of my favorite foods. I enjoyed mine topped with extra toasted hazelnuts and mini chocolate chips, along with maple syrup and a bit of butter. It’s so good, I’m eating the leftovers right now!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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