Brandy Smoke-Infused Chocolate Tarte with Caramel Powder

Brandy Smoke-Infused Chocolate Tarte with Caramel Powder

31 August 2018

  • Level #3: executive chef
  • Masterclass
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Preperation Time

30 minutes

Cooking Time

1 hour 45 minutes


100g 70% dark chocolate

100g coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

8 vegan digestives

50g vegan margarine

2 tsp popping candy

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

Cream siphon

1 cup brandy

Oak wood chips

Wood smoker gun

2x cream chargers

200g caster sugar

100g soya cream

4 tbsp vegan margarine

4 tbsp water

1-2 cups tapioca maltodextrin 'zorbit'

Recipe Guide


1The chocolate topping:,Add the chocolate and coconut milk to a small saucepan. Give a gentle stir. When the mixture begins to simmer turn off the heat so that the chocolate will melt in the heated coconut milk

2The base:,Toast the cumin seeds in a frying pan. Then take them out ready for grinding

3Turn the heat off and immediately add the margarine to melt in the frying pan

4While waiting for the margarine, grind the cumin seeds and digestives together. Once thoroughly ground into crumbs, stir in the melted margarine and popping candy

5Take moose rings with the bottom covered with cling film and spoon in the base mixture

6The brandy (optional):,Place 1 cup of brandy into a cream siphon

7Add the oak wood chips to the smoking gun and pump the smoke into the cream siphon

8Quickly put the lid on the siphon to trap the smoke inside and charge with the cream chargers

9Once charged, give the siphon a gentle shake. Cover the cream nozzle with a cloth and gently release the gas

10Back to the chocolate:,Add the vanilla extract, salt and 20g of smoked brandy and stir

11Pour the mixture on top of the base in the moose rings. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour, ideally for a few hours or overnight to set

12For the caramel:,Heat a small saucepan and add the caster sugar and water. Wait for the water to cook away

13When the mixture is a golden caramel colour, add the cream and stir rapidly. Then add the margarine and stir. Turn the heat off and leave to cool

14Add 2 tbsp of caramel to a food mixer with some of zorbit powder. Then pulse the food mixer

15Keep added more powder until you reach the texture you like

16Back to the base and chocolate topping:,Once set, remove the cling film, use something flat to press out the mixture from the bottom

17Plate the dessert and sprinkle with salt crystals and caramel powder

18Top with edible flowers and serve.