The Baked boys are famous for their use of malt flavor in their confections. And this Malted Crisp Tart appears to be the grand-daddy of them all using malt powder in almost every component.
We were invited to a friend's house for dinner the day I made this and I took this for dessert. It was very well received and a few days later one of my friends told me she has been talking about it to her co-workers every since, commenting 'I've never had anything like it.'
Decadent and fun, this tart is unlike anything I have ever made. Layer One - A brown sugar crust that is rustic and sturdy enough what's yet to come. Layer Two - Milk chocolate ganache, rich and creamy and elevated with the addition of malt powder. Layer Three - Caramelized crispies to add crunch. Layer Four - Crushed Whoppers candy to add more crunch and texture. Layer Five - Malted dipolmat cream is light and airy. Layer Six - More caramelized crispies and crushed Whoppers.
At first blush this recipe appears overwhelming, but the individual components are simple and the rest is just assembly. I did spread this out over two days.
The crispies were my favorite and I had to shoo my husband and daughter away from them so I would have some left for the tart. The method for making these is very similar to a David Lebovitz recipe for candied peanuts that I love. Sugar is melted and coats each crispy becoming sandy and dry. After stirring, and stiring, and stirring some more, the sugar melts again and becomes caramel. These were awesome.
I loved the malted pastry cream too. It was thick, rich, and incredibly flavorful. I assume the addition of whipped cream is what makes a diplomat cream but I prefered the pastry cream on its own. The cream was looser than I was expecting and overfilled the tart pan and made this messier than I would have liked. I would recommend using less whipped cream to keep more of the malted flavor and a stiffer texture.
This was a lot of fun to make. I was hoping for a gorgeous photo of a slice showing all of the layers, but the cream layer made that pretty much impossible and I was stuck with the boring photo above. This is a fantastic dessert when the occasion calls for impressive, delicious, and fun.
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Note: I love the look and feel of Baked Explorations but have found the reviews about inconsistencies in the recipes to be true. For this recipe they should have provided more details about the caramelizing the crisp cereal and also indicated that this step can take 20 minutes or so. Calling for a volume measure of heavy cream in one component and then in a weight measure for another component is confusing.