Chocolate lovers will adore these dark, rich tartlets. The silky bittersweet-chocolate filling provides a sleek backdrop for a rainbow of piped meringue hearts. Make a large version for a party or minis like these, each sized for two to share.
Lively ingredients are a breath of fresh air. Here, tart rhubarb is complemented by the sweet warmth of brandy and spices. The poached topping is spooned over silken citrus-yogurt mousse in a cornmeal crust. Each bite will remind you that spring is here.
You'll need two 4-by-14-inch tarts to create the flag. One tart has seven rows of berries and the other has six rows, so sort the berries according to size, using the smaller ones for the seven-row tart. If you like, bake another tart shell to have on hand just for serving. We used golden raspberries for the white stripes; red raspberries would work as well.
Any berry will work in old bachelor's jam. The layered fruit spread is ripe for experimentation. Here it's made with blackberries, raspberries, and kirsch and spread on the cornmeal crust of a blackberry tart. Some say the liquor-infused jam was named for its capacity to warm single gentlemen on winter nights.