The cheat is that I was sent a packet of Asda finest sweet pastry shells to use and they made the base for these Chocolate and Fennel Pollen tarts. So there really wasn’t much cooking involved. You could of course make your own pastry cases. I think these would be rather nice with a sweet wholemeal pastry.
I’ve been plotting what sweet dish to make with the Fennel Pollen kindly sent to me by Global Harvest . Tea Time Treats this month has the theme of ‘floral’ and I had intended making almond and fennel pollen tuiles. But, for whatever reason, my tuiles were very sweet and I thought they wouldn’t make a good base for the fennel pollen, which is delicate and floral. So, given it’s far too hot to bake and that I had the pastry cases anyway, I thought I’d just make a simple ganache filling and add a little flavouring.
I’m slightly embarrassed to report that they looked so pretty I managed to eat one before the ganache was set…and very lovely it was too;) a heady mix of chocolate, orange, fennel and aniseed notes.
Here’s the recipe to fill four small pastry cases.