It is my nephew’s first birthday party tomorrow, and my brother put in an order for macaroons. I ran out of time and energy this week, so I will have to politely decline his request (for now). Instead, I opted for a quick and easy, kid-friendly recipe. The tart base is something I learnt about on the Arnott’s website, and can easily be adapted to include whichever fillings you like or have available, banoffee pies, curd (lemon, peach or passionfruit) or chocolate. You could also experiment with different biscuits, and I also used a gluten-free ginger snap to make sure my sister-in-law didn’t miss out. The chocolate tarts could be topped with berries instead of sprinkles for a more grown-up version.
You will need 2 round bottomed tins, one to re-heat the biscuits, one to weigh them down once they are soft.
What I was cooking this time last year: Pumpkin cannelloni
- 1 packet Arnott’s Butternut Snap Cookies
- 300mls cream
- 220g chocolate
- 100g condensed milk
- Chocolate sprinkles to decorate
- Turn the oven on to 150°C.
- Add a biscuit over each hole of a round based tartlet tin (you may need to do this in 2 batches).
- Cook in the oven for 10 minutes or until the biscuits soften.
- Place another round based tartlet tin over the biscuits and push down to encourage the biscuits to form into a tart shape.
- Weigh down the top tray with a couple of tins until the biscuit tart cases have cooled.
- Remove the cooled biscuit tart cases from the tin.
- Repeat the biscuit moulding process until you have used all the biscuits.
- To make the chocolate ganache filling, add the chocolate, cream and condensed milk to a large bowl.
- Suspend the bowl over a saucepan of hot water and gently heat until the chocolate is melted and everything is combined. Allow the chocolate ganache to cool slightly.
- Fill the biscuit tart cases with chocolate ganache and refrigerate until the filling sets.
- Sprinkle the top of your chocolate tarts with sprinkles.
- Your tarts are ready to serve. Enjoy.
What is your favourite kids party food? Has this post inspired any new ideas?