Chocolate hot toddy tarts – a warming dessert with whisky

2 Sep


Have I told you about the amazing book Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth? Subtitled ‘recipes and tips from a modern artisan bakery’ it is an incredible collection of fantastical baked goods with gorgeous photos to match. I was sent a review copy in my day job as a journalist and I couldn’t wait to get this book into my kitchen to try out the recipes. If you have a loved one who is into baking, buy them this book.


I chose the ‘hot toddy tarts’ as my first foray, as I love the idea of alcohol in baked goods. Maybe it is the lush in me, or maybe it is the extra dimension of taste that booze brings, but I just love adding the hard stuff to cakes and tarts.

These lovely wintery tarts use a super simple pastry that requires no fussiness – you don’t need to rest it and knead and spend yonks getting it right. It is a bit rustic but it tastes fab.

The book serves these with home-made caramelised lemon slices but I skipped this [coz I’m lazy].



130g butter, diced, at room temperature

130g caster sugar

150g plain flour

50g cocoa powder, sifted

pinch of sea salt

drop of vanilla


125ml double cream

200g dark chocolate broken into small pieces

50g burnt butter

75mL whisky

Pinch sea salt


Preheat oven to 180C.

Cream butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixer until combined, about one minute. Add flour, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla and beat until it just comes together in a crumbly mess.

Press into base and sides of muffin tray [line holes with crosses of baking paper, allowing some overhang, for easy removal] and place in fridge for 30 minutes.

Line with baking paper and fill with baking beans and blind bake for 15 minutes.

Remove beans and paper and smooth surface of shells using back of spoon, then bake for another 10 minutes, then place on wire rack to cool completely.

To make filling heat cream in pan until it starts to simmer then remove from heat and add chocolate. Leave to melt for a minute then stir until melted.

Whisk in burnt butter, whisky and salt and combined.

Allow to cool then pour into tart shells.

Serve with double cream, or as is.


79 Responses to “Chocolate hot toddy tarts – a warming dessert with whisky”

  1. rubytheblacklabrador September 2, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Cor – sounds like a great adult treat!

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Yes – def one for the grown-ups 🙂

  2. riversidebaking September 2, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    I love hot toddy, it is my go-to-comfort when I am feeling under the weather. I’ll HAVE to give these a go, when it gets a bit cooler, I can see me snuggled up in a blanket watching a movie on a Sunday afternoon and eating the whole batch 😉

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      I reckon one of these little tarts would have you feeling much better if you were unwell 🙂

      • quilt32 September 2, 2013 at 11:41 am #

        This sounds marvelous. I don’t care to drink at all, but I also love any kind of recipe that includes alcohol in some form. I have a pretty substantial stash of bottles to use in great dishes like this.

      • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

        Thanks 🙂 It is a very comforting dessert x

  3. vegeTARAian September 2, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I want these chocolate treats in my face, right now!

  4. ambradambra September 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Mmmm, chocolate and whisky sounds like a marriage made in heaven. Will give this a go soon.

  5. tastytreats13 September 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    These look very incredible! Yum!

    • thehungrymum September 5, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      Cheers! They are such a decadent treat.

  6. Liz September 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    You can’t be too lazy if you made these 🙂 Love ’em and I feel exactly the same way about enjoying booze in baked goods. These for sure go on my to-make list. Thanks for a great post!

    • thehungrymum September 5, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      Ooh, thanks! Fairly sure I’m the laziest person on the planet 🙂 Hope you get to make these son.

  7. A Taste of Wintergreen September 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Wow – these are brilliant!

    • thehungrymum September 5, 2013 at 1:31 am #

      Thanks! Try them – bet you’ll be hooked 🙂

  8. kathryningrid September 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Chocolate and whisky are the best of friends. Sounds gorgeous. 😀

    • thehungrymum September 3, 2013 at 4:05 am #

      They are, aren’t they? Would be sad to split them up 🙂 Thanks for the kind words x

  9. radhika25 September 3, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Love their rustic look.

    • thehungrymum September 3, 2013 at 4:06 am #

      I’m all about the rustic / rough & ready when it comes to baking 🙂

  10. ChgoJohn September 3, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    I’m accustomed to recipes requiring just a touch of liquor. These need a bit more than a touch or whiskey. I bet they’re fantastic!

    • thehungrymum September 5, 2013 at 1:29 am #

      Liquor in baking makes a good thing better 🙂

  11. lemongrovecakediaries September 3, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    If this is an example of the recipes in this book I am definitely going to check it out – these look absolutely delicious and I don’t mind a touch of alcohol in my baked goods either 🙂

    • thehungrymum September 5, 2013 at 1:31 am #

      It is such wonderful book, full of things I’ve never seen anywhere else. If you like alcohol in your tarts you’ll love these x

  12. Shanshan Lam (@food_religion) September 3, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    alcohol and chocolate … sold baby!

    • thehungrymum September 5, 2013 at 1:30 am #

      Yeah, putting those two things together is pure genius!

  13. andmorefood September 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    I love the oozey bits!

  14. Our Growing Paynes September 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    I usually have a hot toddy when I have a cold. I may need to add these to the mix as well! 🙂

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      I reckon eating a hot toddy tart when you feel unwell would be just what the doctor ordered!

      • Our Growing Paynes September 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

        I mean chocolate is it’s own food group, right?

      • thehungrymum September 5, 2013 at 1:12 am #

        But of course 😉

  15. Choc Chip Uru September 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Mmm, I can eat this legally now so yay! 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      hahaha! Imagine trying to buy whisky to use for baking and getting done for underage drinking 🙂

  16. Little Gumnut September 4, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    ahhhh now I was just wondering where I could get recipes that use whisky from. I have a great big bottle in the cupboard that we never ever drink or use…

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      ta da! Make these – you won’t regret it 🙂

  17. ohlidia September 5, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    Oh, these look amazing! Wish I could bite into one now…or better yet, pop the whole thing into my mouth! I could you know…

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  19. Lilly Sue September 8, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    You had me at the title!! I will definitely be trying this recipe! 😀

  20. thefolia September 10, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    My son would like us to make a treat to bring to his class for his birthday–I wonder if I can pull this one off? Maybe just the teachers.

    • thehungrymum September 11, 2013 at 6:26 am #

      Course you can pull it off! Piece of cake! Def one for the teachers only, though!

  21. Georgina September 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I love Lily Vanilli’s baking, and have read my copy of Sweet Tooth from cover to cover! I’ve featured a few of her recipe’s on my blog too – my favourite being the beetroot and raspberry cake with mascarpone icing. At least that’s my favourite today…!!

  22. Victoria September 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Yum huh!

  23. Jen Minkowitz September 17, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    loove hot toddies. this is a great idea

    • thehungrymum September 17, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      Alcohol in baking is always good 🙂

  24. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) September 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Oh wow they look so good.

  25. Cass @foodmyfriend September 20, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    The name hot toddy always makes me laugh 😛 These look incredibly mourish!

    • thehungrymum September 20, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      I hear ya – my brother’s name is Todd and when he was younger people called him Toddy 🙂

  26. Fran @ Gday Souffle' November 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Yumm, I wonder if you could substitute Tequila for the Whiskey (but then again, why would you want to?)

    • thehungrymum November 18, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      oooh, I just don’t know! Try it [guinea pig!] & let me know – will be interested in seeing if it works.

  27. thefolia November 23, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    These look sinful!

  28. celestedimilla December 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    What a decadent treat – yum!!!! Celeste 🙂

  29. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward February 13, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    I heard someone say salt, whiskey and dark chocolate…. and was on my way. Looks very delectable, indeed! 🙂

    • thehungrymum February 14, 2014 at 6:59 am #

      Is a pretty fab combo 🙂 They taste *amazing*.

  30. Selma's Table August 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi there – these sound great – though I am not a huge whisky fan, I do like the idea of something boozy in the ganache!

    • thehungrymum August 18, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      I never used to e a huge whisky fan either… The Hungry Dad corrupted me 🙂 I still prefer it in baked goods, though 🙂

  31. Jhuls August 17, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    I hope someone gives me that book. 😀
    FF crowd loves mini version of everything, so I know they would love this – these look great. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend to you. ❤

    • thehungrymum August 17, 2014 at 10:32 am #

      ooh, good to know – will bear that in mind for future FFs! Thanks, hope your weekend is ace 🙂

  32. emmasouthlondon August 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Wow, these look like the very best sort of comfort cooking –
    may have to look and see what bottles I can find at the back of the cupboard!
    Emma 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 18, 2014 at 1:22 am #

      Sooo comforting! Grog & choc – what more could you need in life 🙂

  33. Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake August 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    In case it’s not obvious from my baking, but I LOVE adding booze to my baking, makes it so much better haha! These look right up my ally! xx

    • thehungrymum August 19, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      You & me both, girlfriend 🙂 Booze & baking is the coming together of two wonderful things x

  34. HostessAtHeart August 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    These would be delicious! The whiskey would be a great surprise!

    • thehungrymum August 21, 2014 at 1:44 am #

      They are & it is! The smell while they are baking is heavenly 🙂

  35. Lacey January 5, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    I think I love you and your blog. So many amazingly delicious recipes! Wish there were more days in the year so that I could try them all.

    • thehungrymum January 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

      Awww, gold star for you! Thanks so much for the sweet words. Now, get baking 🙂

  36. emmaeatsitalian February 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    Gorgeous 🙂

  37. The Hungry Mum March 30, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  38. Anna @ shenANNAgans April 1, 2016 at 1:18 am #

    All about the bite sized treats, less obvious when you chomp through them. 🙂 Especially when they are loaded with booze.

    • The Hungry Mum April 2, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      Booze should be mandatory in desserts, I’ve decided #MakesAGoodThingBetter


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