Even though you have to make the pie crust from scratch, it's easy. Try to use high quality flour for the best results. Remove them from the mold, fill with chocolate, and bake them up to gift on Valentine's Day!
Add the ◇ bread flour and cake flour to a bowl. Add 1 cm cubed cold butter and mix with your fingers until crumbly.
After the batter becomes pretty crumbly and mixed together, form a well in the center and pour in the cold water.
Use the palm of your hand to gather it all together. Wrap it tightly and rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more.
Dust a working space with flour and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough from Step 3 to a thickness of 1 cm.
Fold it together three times and then roll out in the opposite direction. Repeat this 4-5 times.
Tightly wrap it again and let it rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 230ºC. If you have it, set down a 3 mm cake ruler, and roll out the dough to 3 mm with a rolling pin. Cut into hearts and line up on the tray.
You'll be using 2 hearts for one pie. On one side, top with broken chocolate pieces that fits the dough. On the other heart, spread lines using egg yolk mixed with 1 teaspoon of water to act as a glue, and then sandwich the hearts.
As seen in the image, use a cake fork with thin tines to secure the two pieces together.
Spread a sheet of aluminum foil onto the baking tray and line up the pies. Brush on of the same "glue" made from a wash (egg yolk mixed with water), and top with a sprinkling of granulated sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes on the middle rack at 230ºC.
Story Behind this Recipe
Since Valentine's Day was approaching, I made these for my daughter. The shapes didn't really look like hearts when I used a 3 cm mold, plus the chocolate wouldn't fit, so I'll use 5 cm molds next time.
I recommend using a 5 cm mold. Putting a lot of chocolate inside is really yummy. If using a pre-made pie crust, start from Step 7.