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Peanut Butter Pretzel Tartlets
Makes 20 to 24 tartlet
About 2 cups whole grain pretzel sticks
1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, plus more for the tins
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup muscovado sugar
1 egg yolk
2 ounces dark chocolate (60% to 72% cacao)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, if needed
1/4 cup toasted, salted peanuts
Flaked sea salt, such as Maldon, for garnish
In a food processor, pulse the pretzel pieces until they form a coarse meal. Don’t worry if there are a few small chunks remaining. Measure the pulverized pretzels; you should have 11/2 cups. Adjust the quantity, if necessary. Add the cold butter, vanilla, sugar, and egg yolk to the food processor and pulse until just combined. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture sticks together. Alternatively, you could pulverize the pretzels in a blender and combine them with the butter, vanilla, sugar, and egg yolk, using a pastry cutter, then stir in the water 1 tablespoon at a time. Chill the mixture in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two mini-muffin tins with butter.
Press a heaping tablespoonful of the crust mixture into each well of the muffin tins, making sure to press it into the corners, so that there is a thin layer of crust on the bottom and up the sides. Even out the edge on the top by pressing it down a bit with your fingers. Bake the crusts until dry and barely golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
While the crusts are cooling, break the chocolate into small pieces in a heatproof glass bowl. In a small saucepan, warm the cream just barely to a simmer and pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let it sit for a minute, and then gently stir until the chocolate is uniformly melted.
Remove the tart shells from the muffin tins and place them on a serving tray. If the peanut butter is somewhat runny, stir in the confectioners’ sugar to firm it up. Using a small spoon, dollop 1/2 tea-spoon of the peanut butter into each tart shell. Use a clean spoon to cover the peanut butter layer with a spoonful of the chocolate ganache. You should have enough to fill each tart to the top.
Put a peanut on top of each tart and sprinkle with the salt. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to set. They can be kept covered in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
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“Reprinted with permission from The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte, copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.” Photo credit: Hugh Forte © 2012