Monday, October 14, 2013

Pumpkin Tassies with Salted Bittersweet Chocolate Drizzle and a Fair Trade Giveaway!


The past weekend was spent picking out pumpkins for every purpose - sugar pumpkins for roasting, mini pumpkins for the mantel, great pumpkins for carving and one little white pumpkin just because. The next logical step was to make a delicious pumpkiny something, and these pumpkin tassies were just the treat. They're like mini pumpkin pies, but better!


Better because they're drizzled with chocolate - and not just any old chocolate, Guittard, a Fair Trade chocolate!

October is Fair Trade month, and the kind folks from the nonprofit organization reached out to me to help spread the word. So, what is Fair Trade?

"Fair Trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear our logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated."

Knowing that will make your chocolate taste even sweeter!


And that brings me to another sweet thing. They're giving away a goodie bag of Fair Trade products to one Sprinkle Bakes reader. Inside is a selection of teas, coffees, chocolate bars, lip balms and a cute canvas tote to help spread the message.

Contest is open to US residents.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



There are all kinds of good things to learn about Fair Trade on their website here, and I really loved the simplicity of the message in their new PSA. Take a moment to see how you can make a difference!

I hope you'll try the pumpkin tassies, too. I love the crust-to-filling ratio (I'm a crust girl!) and they are exactly two bites apiece, which means you should eat at least four in one sitting.

Pumpkin Tassies with Salted Bittersweet Chocolate Drizzle
[click for printable recipe]
Yield: 24 mini pies
Source: Adapted from Cooks.com
Prep: 20 minutes, total time with chilling and baking 1 hour 45 minutes

You'll need a 24 cavity mini muffin tin for this recipe.

Crust
1/2 cup/ 113g unsalted butter, softened
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup/ 125g all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt

Pumpkin filling
1/2 cup/ 132g pumpkin puree (canned packed pumpkin puree is fine)
1/4 cup/53g granulated sugar
1/4 cup/ 60g heavy cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon/ 2g pumpkin pie spice

Topping
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
Fleur de sel
  1. For the crust, combine the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Mix using an electric hand mixer on low speed until just combined, about 5 seconds. Don't overwork dough or it will greatly shrink during baking. Mix in half the flour and pinch of salt on low speed until crumbly. Mix in remaining flour until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  3. Remove dough from refrigerator and knead one or two times. Shape into a 6x4-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 24 cubes. Press each cube into a mini muffin cup. Use your fingers to press the dough up the sides of the cups making the crust edges as tall as the top of the muffin cup. Refrigerate filled muffin tin while you prepare the filling.
  4. In a medium bowl mix together the filling ingredients using the electric hand mixer on medium speed. Filling will be very liquid. Remove muffin tin from refrigerator and divide the filling between the crusts (I used a 1/4 cup measure with a pour spout). Bake for 5 minutes at 350F then reduce temperature to 325F and bake for 10 more minutes. Tassies are done when the filling is set, and it shouldn't jiggle when you move the pan.
  5. Let pies cool completely in the pan. Place a wire cooling rack over a length of wax paper. Transfer tassies to the cooling rack. Place melted chocolate in a zip-top bag with a very tiny hole snipped in the corner. Pipe chocolate onto the tops of the pies in three to four quick passes over each pie. Top with fleur de sel just before serving.

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Fiona said...

Yum, these look amazing! And I didn't realize October was fair trade month! I try to buy fair trade whenever possible though.

Jenn said...

I would make homemade fudge!

reikeAdams said...

I would just eat it raw in all its goodness :)

Karen said...

I'd make a chocolate-whiskey bundt cake!

Sarah said...

I would love to make some delicious chocolate chunk cookies for me and my floormates!

Elaine said...

I would make brownies with the chocolate!

behindthewillows.com said...

I have some pumpkin loving friends I'll have to make this recipe for them sometime this fall!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovel tassies! They are so pretty.

Cheers,

Rosa

b.patel said...

I think I would make some yummy truffles with the chocolate!

Jo H. said...

Frozen Hot Chocolate and Cookies! ^_^

NanW said...

I'd use the chocolate on those delicious looking tastes!

Culinary Couture said...

I would make brownies!

jessica said...

I'd love to make pumpkin brownies or a pie. Thanks for hosting! mfrapp_83 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Renee @ Awesome on 20 said...

I'd like to make something that really highlights the flavor of the chocolate. Maybe a ganache tart with sea salt.

Sarah said...

perfect chocolate for Pot d'creme

Lou said...

I'd make chocolate pudding.

Meryl said...

I'd make dark chocolate truffles.

Susie the Baker said...

I think with fair trade chocolate I would make some amaaaaazing chocolate chip cookies. Can't go wrong with the classic!

grace said...

confession: i'd eat it straight from the wrapper.

Xuan Nguyen said...

I'd make some chocolate cookies

Jessica w said...

I would make triple chocolate brownies!

Monica said...

Mmmm...what a treat! I love Guittard! I'd chop some up and use it in chocolate chunk cookies or to make molten chocolate cakes.

Belinda Lo said...

Sorry but chocolate this good can only be used for one thing devils food cake. Fudge frosting and the dense cake, nothing like it!

Javi Trulove said...

Look so good... perfect for a classy halloween soiree

gina said...

Your pumpkin tassies look amazing!

Unknown said...

I love pumpkin and chocolate together! Just made a pumpkin chocolate swirl loaf that I certainly wouldn't mind repeating...

Kari S said...

Make with it?!?! How about just savoring the wonderful flavor o. It's own, yumm!!

Vee said...

I would make a chocolate bread pudding

Sarah Campbell said...

I would make wacky cake, an easy to make vegan one.

Anonymous said...

Julianne
These Pumpkin Tassies!!

eidolons said...

I would make cookies. Chocolate chip cookies (maybe peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, even). Sweet, simple, and loved by my whole family. (:

Elisa said...

truffles or chocolate cheesecake

Katie said...

I think this chocolate would make some fabulous fudgy brownies!

Tricia said...

I would absolutely make chocolate pecan pie or some fudgy brownies

Zoe said...

Those little tassies look delicous!

Zoe said...

I'm not sure if I would make anything with fair trade chocolate -- my self-control is lacking. I would probably just eat the chocolate straight out!

Grimmy said...

I would make hot chocolate. It is finally getting cool here and I love to make a good hot chocolate.

Shannon said...

It's hard to get past eating the chocolate bar immediately, but I would probably make brownies.

Jessica said...

I'd love to make some truffles... what a great selection!

Alyssa said...

I would make some chocolaty brownies for my chocolate loving work crew!

Cat said...

I think I'm going to try your pumpkin tassies recipe! Just picked out two little pie pumpkins this week and need to get them cooked!

AK said...

Love Fair Trade!!

Marcie said...

(Pecan) Tassies are a must at Thanksgiving/Christmas in our house. I'm sure to make these soon!

melissanm111 said...

Chocolate covered strawberries!

Blue Llama said...

I don;t know if it would make it into baked goods. It all looks good enough to eat straight out of the wrappers!! Great giveaway, thanks!

Sarah said...

Pumpkin stuff everywhere! I might need to start investing in a pumpkin farm to keep up.

Kelsey said...

I would make a rich chocolate cheesecake!

Becca Looney said...

Oh goodness these are adorable!

I would probably make brownies. Nice, dense, and fudgey brownies! :)

Cassy said...

These are so cute!! I would probably make some chocolate chunk cookies myself. Or just eat it :D

Anonymous said...

A stovetop hot cocoa recipe would use up some of the chocolate, quite nicely! Yummmm!

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Unknown said...

Hmm it would be hard to not easy it by itself but your pumpkin trassies look great to. D so I may have to give those a try.

Ashley Elin said...

Yay for fair trade! Also those pumpkin goodies look delicious!

Unknown said...

Hmm it would be hard to not easy it by itself but your pumpkin trassies look great to. D so I may have to give those a try.

Rhiannon said...

I always get so excited when you post new recipes, and to think that there was a surprise giveaway? Fair trade chocolate might be the best thing ever, I hope I win!
Love your blog always!!

Kacie said...

I'd chop up some chocolate bars for my favorite chocolate chunk cookie recipe. Much better with chopped chocolate than chips!

Megan said...

Yum!!! These look great! As always I love your beautiful pictures! I would probably use the chocolate in a pudding and then use the pudding to make chocolate eclairs!

Catherine said...

I have a great salted caramel brownie recipe from Ina Garten that is just divine. Would be great with the fair trade chocolate!

Rachel Frenkil said...

These look awesome! I'll definitely consider making them for thanksgiving this year!

Doreen Shea said...

I can't wait to try these!

Doreen Shea said...

I cannot wait to try tnese ;)

Sigourney said...

I would make a a chocolate mug cake with fair trade chocolate! yum!!

Stephanie R said...

I would make a chocolate cheesecake!

Sandie Lee said...

I love anything with pumpkin - especially chocolate

TheresaSea said...

What *wouldn't* I make with fair trade chocolate?! ;) But seriously, maybe some homemade hot cocoa, since it's getting chillier out now.

Taryn said...

I have been craving a really dense, rich, chewy brownie lately. Hello chocolate!

Sydney said...

These look scrumptious! I'd make banana-nut chocolate chunk bread - love fall breads. Zucchini chocolate chunk bread is also one of my favorites.

Whippoorkill said...

I'd add some Fair Trade Espresso to the chocolate and make Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with a Mocha Glaze. Speaking of pumpkin, I've got a giant crookneck squash from my CSA that needs to be used this week...Guess I'll be making these for my Farmer's Market!

Kristin said...

I love fair trade stuff! After visiting El Salvador on a mission trip, I try to buy as much as I can....especially for Christmas gifts! I would definitely make a fancy chocolate tart!

Kelly Gerschefske said...

I would make chocolate mousse cupcakes

Crystal said...

They look so yummy!

Jamie Rose said...

I'd be really tempted just to eat it all by itself!

Mandy Justin said...

I'd make chocolate chip cookies! :)

Snat said...

Chocolate Stout Cookies have become a new recipe favorite of mine - I think I would make those!

Jess said...

I would make chocolate chunk brownies!

Debbie Y. said...

I would make truffles. Or mousse. Or both.

beej said...

i would either have to eat it straight or make cookies with BIG chunks of it!

Martha said...

I would make chocolate frosting for my birthday cake!

melissa sarfine said...

I would just eat it raw XD

Heather H said...

I would make chocolate covered pretzels!

Anonymous said...

you really can't go wrong with chocolate chip cookies

Lori said...

I would make truffles or ganache, or just eat it :)

Mallory Frayn said...

I love crusts that have cream cheese in them! I think I'm going into pumpkin overload though with all of the amazing recipes I have seen lately!

peanutbutterandonion said...

These look so awesome, I will defiantly be trying/eating these sometime soon

Steve said...

I'd start by making these delicious pumpkin thingys! Then maybe another of your amazing recipes. :-)

Linda Freeman said...

Ganache. Yum.

Anonymous said...

I would make my stomach very happy ;]

Yolli said...

Hot chocolate

Marie said...

I would make a dark chocolate torte with an almond flour/meal crust. Yum!

Jeannine DiBart said...

I would love to make a chocolate pecan pie!

haydengreenawalt said...

I would make David Lebovitz's Chocolate Caramel tartlets with fair trade chocolate. =]

Daniela A. said...

These pumpkin tassies look delicious! I might have to try making them. I'd probably make some scones with chocolate chunks with the fair trade chocolate

Yasmine Amber said...

I am just in America now and there are pumpkins everywhere! These look amazing, love the saltiness and rich cacao fair trade chocolate. Perfect for a Halloween indulgence I think ;)

Anonymous said...

I would melt it and dip fruit, pretzels and marshmallows in it. yum!!
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Yasmine Amber said...

O yea, so I think it's obvious I'd be making these... :) yum x

Marina Collings Whiting said...

Ooooo!~ I have to say, Salted Dark Chocolate is the new salted caramel. I love the Lindt Sea Salt Chocolate.
I have to try this recipe.

Lyndsey said...

Bitter chocolate souffl├ęs! If they lasted that long in my kitchen!

Kara Brown said...

Mmmm...I do love chocolate and pumpkin together - I make a mean pumpkin chocolate chip cupcake. Although I might make a chocolate cream pie or chocolate croissants.

Tricia said...

Some sort of combination of caramel and chocolate....cookies?

Judy U. said...

I'm definitely going to make the above recipe and of course, cookies. Intensive cookie baking season is about to begin. Hubby and I are very aware of the Fair Trade Movement. All of the coffee beans we buy are Fair Trade.

unicorn wrangler said...

These cute little treats look so fun & festive for Fall!

Lail | With A Spin said...

Cute little bites! Awesome.

Anna said...

First I would stuff my face. Second, I have these insane salted chocolate cookies that I like to keep around for bribes, so I'd probably make a batch or two of those :D

jessicaisbaking said...

I would make fancy chocolate chip cookies! yum!

Polkaostrich said...

I'd make some chocolate peanut butter cups.

Anonymous said...

I make everything with fair trade chocolate! I don't like contributing to the child slavery in the Ivory Coast, and the plus is that fair trade chocolate is usually better anyway! My favorite is chocolate chip cookies. :)

dance247 said...

Probably brownies!

Amelia Asbe said...

The best part about October and November are all the pumpkin things, and pumpkin with fair trade chocolate cannot be beat.

Chloe McCollum said...

I would definitely try these out! As well as some salted caramel truffle chocolates!

katherinelynn_04 said...

My favorite recipe for biscotti. Perfect for dipping into all sorts of delicious hot beverages.

Jennifer Sparks said...

I would make those yummy pumpkin tassies for Thanksgiving with my family.

Karey said...

Oh my!! These look delicious!!

Karey said...

Do I have to make something with fair trade chocolate? Can't I just eat it? :)

Mellybrown said...

I would make some fancy chocolate chip cookies -- good chocolate and European butter. Yum.

Heather said...

I love fair trade chocolate and the care that is put into its production! I would love to make some pumpkin truffles AND my new favorite pumpkin chocolate swirl cheesecake recipe!

Noelani said...

So excited to make these!

Anonymous said...

These look great! I cannot wait to try them!

stefany21 said...

I would make cookies!

Alexandria Sweeney said...

Dark chocolate cookies!

Marie Hemphill said...

I would make a chocolate chip cast iron skillet cookie! :) Yum!

Juli said...

I have to say Smitten Kitchen's favorite brownies are my favorite too and fair trade chocolate would be perfect for them.

Kathaleeny said...

Toffee, just in time for Christmas presents.

Munchkin said...

I would make parisian hot chocolate with the fair trade chocolate

Beth Jackson Klosterboer said...

I'd either make flourless chocolate cake or cookies. It will depend on my mood the day the package arrives!

momof2girls said...

I would make some cookies of some kind with it. Probably chop the chocolate up and add to the dough. Yummy!

Danielle DaVault said...

I would make my favorite almond butter pumpkin truffles. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to make chocolate bark!

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Denise said...

I would make chocolate cookies.
flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I love these so, so, much! I would make some sort of chocolate mousse!

Lex said...

Those look so yummy! Like tiny fancy pumpkin pies. Thanks for the chance to win the gift bag as well

Rachel Goff said...

If there were any chocolate left to cook with, I'd have to use it for hot chocolate or good ol' chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for the opportunity!!

Athena R said...

chocolate mousse

Anonymous said...

I think I would make fudge, I have been wishing for some!
Pat
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Anonymous said...

I would make pumpkin pecan chocolate bars with this beautiful fair-trade chocolate! (with my three year old as my helper, of course!)
Meredy
Onelove143t@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hmmm? I'll be honest.....I wouldn't make anything w/ it. I would use it for my guilty pleasure & break off little bits to enjoy!
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

These pumpkin tassies! Or simple chocolate dipped pretzels.

Mrs. Hofeldt said...

I think fall is my favorite time of year ever, partially because I can wear scarves again, but mostly because of pumpkin EVERYTHING!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I'd make pots de creme

Oanh Ho said...

I'll make red velvet cupcakes

lori reilly said...

Those look fabulous...can't wait to try them.

Anonymous said...

I'd make hot chocolate!
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Anonymous said...

fudge

Anonymous said...

I would make a big pan of brownies! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

Sally Kanehen said...

I would umm, eat it!

Leighton said...

I would make black bottom cupcakes!

donna said...

looks delicious!

Danya Pollack said...

I would make a simple but elegant chocolate mousse for an upcoming charity dinner I'm attending.

CalamityJr said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I enjoy using fair trade items when I can.

Sara said...

chocolate pudding!

Dirose said...

Happy that giving away Fair Trade items. Guittard is favorite chocolate. I use it to make my Rocky Road and chocolate chip cookies.

Ars98 said...

Mmmm these look delicious! Thanks for supporting fair trade!!

Ars98 said...

I would make these...or use them in brownies, or a chocolate ganache that I make for my mom

Jamie said...

I do a lot of baking during the holidays. Would love to use the fair trade chocolate.

Elin Woods said...

Perhaps a chocolate pecan pie.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

I would make some pumpkin truffles

Mei said...

I've always wanted to make chocolate chantilly!

Christy Spurlock said...

Cheesecake with chocolate accents.

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin is delicious, I'm going crazy with all the amazing pumpkin recipes that are online right now.

Mercedes said...

I would chop up the chocolate and add it to cookies!

Jacqui said...

i would either make brownies or a chocolate/pb cookie!

Pamela snortum said...

What a fun give away! I would probably just eat the chocolate! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking maybe some brownies would be nice! - Skylar S

Kimbie said...

I would definitely make mousse with Fair Trade chocolate.

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Jessica Forrestt said...

I would love to make some chocolate covered strawberries :) I love that it is fair trade! Thanks for the chance to win!!

jennifer said...

Looks yummy and simple enough to try gluten free for my mom! And excellent giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Fair trade! Yes. Always. erinejoy@cox.net

Wehaf said...

I would make a chocolate ricotta cheesecake!

Jess said...

I would make cupcakes...yummy delicious chocolate cupcakes!

Anonymous said...

Leslie:
Almost all of my Christmas treats require chocolate.
leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

Deanne Helgesen said...

I would make Chocolate chip cookies.

Unknown said...

I would eat some, and make chocolate cake with some! Yum!

claudia_rose07 said...

Wow - These look so lovely (though I am more of a filling person, presentation counts for so much!). I would probably just eat the chocolate...or make brownies.

Crystal Conway said...

Truffles

Darlene dbarbinwork@live.com said...

Halloween bark, chocolate chunk cookies, ganache....can't decide. :) Thank you for the giveaway.

Chrisi said...

October is my favorite month - Halloween, time for heartier meals (and more energy to cook them), more baking inspiration, and, of course, all things pumpkin! These look amazing!
As for the Fair Trade chocolate, I would definitely want to use it something that showcases it, like chocolate pot de cremes, chocolate ganache tart, or chocolate mousse. And I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't eat some of it just as it is! :)

Linda Moyer said...

Yum - this givea away looks wonderful Thanks for offering it. I would add chocolate to my coffee or just eat it. :)

Jeanie Weiss said...

I would make my own rendition of a S'more!

Sean C said...

Great giveaway. I would probably make brownies!

Alina Conn said...

YUM...I'd make a chocolate tart.

Pam Ellis said...

Mmmmmmm, tassies!

I would make a chocolate and pumpkin mousse with Fair Trade chocolate.

Anonymous said...

brownies!

Tammy Moody said...

I would make a Boccone Dolce cake with fair trade chocolate, apples, pears, and drizzled boiled cider caramel;)

Esther said...

Chocolate mousse pie!

Anonymous said...

I would make truffles!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe and giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I might make a fall-based pie. After all, it does happen to be the season.

Eleanor said...

I would use the coffee and chocolate to make a fabulous chocolate coffee mousse!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

Chocolate drizzle on a chocolate cheesecake for my son's birthday. Love your site - my first visit. You are my hero with all these gorgeous desserts.

Colette Joseph said...

Guittard....is love! This is such a fun season. And these li'l tassies are as adorable as their name.
Thanks, Heather. xo

Colette Joseph said...

PS- I'd EAT the Guittard.
Muhahahaaa :)

la mama said...

Homemade brownies! I have a recipe I've been waiting to try that claims it's better but similar to brownies from a box, which is all my hubby will eat!

alwaysarac said...

I would make a ganache, maybe for some cupcakes or even truffles

caramelandsalt said...

I would make a chocolate cinnamon souffle with Fair Trade chocolate!

Haley @ Cupcakes and Sunshine said...

I'd make brownies!!! :) Love them!!

Debby Foodiewife said...

You got me at pumpkin. Then tassies. I'm longing to make pumpkin truffles.

Katherine said...

I would make opera cake because yum!

Amy said...

Your tassies are absolutely adorable! I'm more of a filling girl, so we'd compliment each other perfectly. You can have my extra crust if I can sneak your extra filling! :) I think I'd probably make brownies with the Fair Trade chocolate first. I'm a huge chocoholic, and fudgy brownies are one of my all-time favorite desserts!

Shayla said...

Mmmm I would make brownies
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Sue said...

I'd make some kind of decadent cookie!

Karen said...

Oh my goodness.. the possibilities of what to make are absolutely overwhelming!!

Anonymous said...

Kim P - just eat it! Or maybe make a chocolate tart

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