Masterchef Final Dessert
Last night we decided to cook the dessert in the final from Masterchef. The Aria Chocolate Tart!!
I had to cook 6, not just one, and serve main course, drinks, clean the house, all after coming home from work. Plus I had a real estate agent visit from 5 till 5.30 to appraise our house, just as I was rolling the base for the tart!!!
Maybe that could be on next years final as part of the test!!
I do have to say that the recipe was not specific in many ways. I followed it to the letter and many of the ingredient measurements are incorrect. For instance the amount of 'Glacage' the recipe yields would be enough for probably 40 desserts, thus wasting copious amount of very expensive chocolate. As the recipe stands from the Masterchef website, all the ingredients cost $85.00. I am pretty sure I only used about half or a third of the total ingredients in creating the dish, and ended up throwing out large amount of left over mixtures etc...
At some stage I will post a more accurate recipe to serve four people [all recipe's on this site are for 4].
I have to say the result was fantastic and the chocolate taste was unbelievable, not sweet, but a genuine cocoa hit... The balance of sweet and bitter was great and the different textures in the dish was a highlight.
I made the chocolate tubes using rolled up gladbake. [I made 6 tubes of glad bake with sticky tape holding them into a tube, then used a small strip of gladbake to smear the tempered chocolate onto. Then I slid this into the tubes and it set beautifully] It even had that 'crack' they were so fussy about on the final..
Overall, it was great fun to cook and serve, and my guests definitely enjoyed the dish. We ate it with a bottle of 2004 De Bortoli Noble One, which balanced perfectly with the sweetness of the wine against the bitter cocoa notes of the tart.