"This recipe makes two pretty little tartlets. A great finish for a romantic dinner for two"
unbleached all-purpose flour
unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons
crystallized ginger, minced
raspberry preserves, stirred to loosen
white chocolate, finely chopped
Blend flour, sugar and salt in processor. Add butter and ginger and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle in ice water and process until clumps form. Gather dough into ball and divide into 2 pieces. Flatten each into disk and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.).
Roll out each dough disk between two pieces of plastic wrap to 6-inch round. Gently press each into two 4 1/2-inch tartlet pans. Fold overhang in to form double-thick sides. Poke bottom of crusts a couple times with fork. Freeze 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F Bake crusts until golden, about 25 minutes, piercing with fork if crusts bubble. Transfer to cooling rack. Immediately spoon 1/2 tablespoon preserves over bottom of each crust. Cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
Bring cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat, add white chocolate and whisk until melted. Whisk yolks and vanilla in medium bowl. Slowly whisk cream mixture into yolks to blend well. Pour custard into both crusts. Bake until center is set, about 20 minutes. Cool on rack. Chill several hours or overnight.
Sprinkle each tartlet with 1 teaspoon sugar. Using a kitchen torch slowly heat the sugar moving the torch in small circles until sugar melts and browns, being careful not to burn the crusts. Refrigerate tartlets until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Arrange fresh raspberries around edge of tartlets and serve.
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Raspberry Crème Brûlée Tartlets (cont.)