Way back in the spring of this year I went to my first ever Pampered Chef party. As tends to happen at these sorts of gatherings I was sucked into the hype and treated myself to a mini muffin tin and wooden tart shaper, or 'dobber' as I prefer to call it. I think the fact I got to have a go with the dobber on the night, which was actually surprisingly satisfying, and then eat the tasty chocolate treats, added to the eventual decision that my life would not be complete without my very own mini muffin tin and tart dobber. I think in total I had to pay a rather hefty £25 but as one tends to do I tried to convince myself that it would be well worth it as I could make all manner of sweet and savoury treats and nibbles in no time at all and would use it all the time and get my money's worth. Yeah right.
Fast forward to November and I have to admit I had not used my rather expensive tin and dobber. Not once. I don't doubt it's a good quality piece of kit but I have a perfectly good 12 hole muffin tin I got from TK Maxx for in the region of £6.99, the construction of which looks and feels just like my mini muffin tin.
Anyway, I decided it was about time I put my tin to use so I stocked up on lots of convenience goods consisting of shortcrust pastry (kindly made by Jus-Rol), a jar of Nutella, some Rolos (thanks Nestle), a bag of white chocolate buttons and a bag of butterscotch nibbles (thanks Sainsbury's) and a couple of bananas.
The pastry was cut into 48 pieces and I made two batches of mini treats: banoffee tartlets made by using a slice of banana, a Rolo and a white chocolate button, and chocolate-hazelnut tartlets made using Nutella and the butterscotch nibbles.They have a definite homemade look (i.e. wonky, scruffy and non-uniform) but they were so easy to make and only took a few minutes so they would be handy if wanting to make someting in a hurry and I do think I will make them again. Actually I shall make more very shortly as I completely over-estimated how much I needed to buy and actually have enough to make another batch of each type so I may treat my colleagues to some this week.