[Recipe] Totoro Black Sesame Tarts

By Saturday, February 6, 2016 2 No tags Permalink 16

IMG_8196Homemade Totoro Black Sesame Tarts! 

So excited to be putting up this delicious tart recipe on my blog. It has been sometime since I made tart, if you have been following my blog, you know that I love making Japanese fruit tarts.

This time a little different, but still very Japanese by using black sesame paste for the tart. Its very yummy  and also a great way to naturally colour the bake.

The result is a delicious combination of that soft silky pudding like filling with a nice sturdy crisp tart shell.

I never claim credit when its not due, so just so you know, the Totoro tart idea was first made popular by a YouTuber (Kawaii Sweet World). Although that version looks quite different from mine.

These tarts were were made using my own recipe version of Totoro tarts! I even added some Susuwatari dust bunnies made from Oreo cookies for fun. haha.IMG_8205

What is different? I like making own tart base and instead of whipped cream, I used snow sugar for the white decoration. My tart filling is also very low in sugar, made mainly from milk and pure black sesame paste with just a little sugar.

I believe you will love eating, making these kawaii Totoro Tarts as much as I enjoyed baking them too. Recipe Totoro Tarts

Recipe for Totoro Tarts (black sesame)

*makes about 5 x 8cm tarts (the tart rings I used were 8.5cm/3.5inches wide)

Tart Crust

  • 110 cake flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 30g ground almonds
  • vanilla beans paste (optional)

Tart Filling

  • 200ml milk
  • 35g black sesame paste (fine)
  • 10g sugar
  • 5g gelatin + 2tbsp water


  • snow sugar
  • chocolate fudge
  • sweet red bean


Method (Making Tart Crust)

  1. Add all the ingredients in a large bowl, then using scrapper, quickly dice and mix the ingredients. They will resemble a crumb like texture.
  2. Transfer on top worktop and using the palm of your hands, spread the mixture and the dough will soften and come together. I probably only need to do this twice as the heat from your hands will melt the butter in the mixture.
  3. Alterntively – for step 1 and 2. You can simply use a mixer with dough hook till the mixture almost comes off clean from the bowl. Just knead a little and it will come together.
  4. Divide them into 4 portions, wrap in cling wrap and set in the chiller for about 30mins.
  5. Butter and Flour your tart rings.
  6. From step 4, spread some cake flour onto your work top. Roll out the tart dough to about 2-3mm thick. Transfer onto the tart ring, bend your index finger and gently press the pastry dough to fit the ring. Remove the excess pastry dough (keep).  Tip: Don’t worry if it breaks or there are gaps, just use the leftover crumbs, press and fill it in.
  7. Repeat for the remaining 4 tart rings. The leftover pastry dough, should allow you to make the 5th tart.
  8. Then using the leftover pastry dough, roll out to about 3mm thick. Cut small teardrop shapes for Totoro’s ears. You will need at least 5 pairs.
  9. Use your fork and make little holes at the bottom of the tart base, this is to prevent it from rising during baking process.
  10. Preheat your oven to 180C (while waiting, set the tray with the tart rings in the chiller before baking)
  11. Place a sheet of baking paper on the tart pastry dough and fill in with pie weights. Bake your tart crust at 180 C for 20mins. Remove the baking paper and pie weights. And remove the small pieces of Totoro ears, which should have nicely browned by now. Continue to bake the tart crusts for another 10mins until browned.IMG_8202 IMG_8201

Method (Making Tart Filling)

  1. In a pot, add in milk and sugar.
  2. In a heat resistant bowl, measure and add in the black sesame paste.
  3. In a heat resistant small bowl, add water and add gelatin powder on the water. Heat in the microwave at 500W for 15-20 sec until gelatin dissolves.
  4. Heat the pot from step 1 until the milk boils and sugar melts.
  5. Pour half into the bowl of black sesame paste. Using a small whisk, mix well and remove any black sesame paste clumps. Then transfer everything back into the pot and mix well.
  6. Add in the gelatin to step 5. Mix well.
  7. Pour into the tart shells. Set in the chiller for at least 3 hours (or overnight).
  8. Once the black sesame filling has set, you can work on the decorations.IMG_8200

Method (Decoration for Totoro Tart)

  1. Prepare a stencil and dust snow sugar on top for Totoro’s tummy and eyes.
  2. Then using chocolate fudge. Pipe the eyes and whiskers for Totoro.
  3. Add in a halved sweetened red bean for Totoro’s nose.
  4. Using the blunt side of the skewer, create the marks on Totoro’s tummy.
  5. Then use a little chocolate fudge to hold the baked Totoro ears, arrange them on top to complete the Totoro tarts.IMG_8192 IMG_8198IMG_8204

These Totoro black sesame tarts will sure delight at gatherings, parties and even just a nice surprise for your loved ones.

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  • shirleen
    February 13, 2016

    Hi Shirley,
    Where do you buy the paste? I cant find in any supermarket..

  • shirleen
    February 12, 2016

    Hi Shirley

    I will like to try out your recipe! It look so yummlicious…and cute.
    If I cannot find black sesame paste.. can I use black sesame powder instead?