I am relatively new to cooking and I think I will always be new as there is just so much to know and learn. Every other day I see a new video showing some new recipe or a new technique or I hear about a completely weird combination working out well on the tastebuds.
Amidst all this learning, there are n number of contests that take place on social media and I am kinda novice when it comes to such things. So this was a contest to meet the very famous Pooja Dhingra of the Le Patisserie fame. She is one dessert queen I definitely look up to for she has achieved so much basis her macarons and more. Beats me how I have still not got a chance to try them!
So, the contest outline read that we have to prepare something sweet as she loves chocolate and sweet – this is kinda the only thing that I remember right now of the outline – and so I decided on the dessert that I am about to write a recipe for.
Although the outcome I had imagined was a bit different than what you see in the pics here – I imagined it much much more neat and with a perfect round finish, but as I said I am still learning so as long as the taste is good, I was a happy soul! And boy! the taste was definitely good – though I could definitely improve it. So, here goes the recipe – tweak it as you like, personalize it, try out different flavors and you are good to go!
Prep Time: 2 hours
- 500 gms dark chocolate compound
- 1 cup oats
- 100 gms butter
- 3-4 plums
- 1 cup fresh whipped cream
- 200 gms fresh cream
- 2 tspns powdered sugar
- Coffee powder for dusting
- Melt half the chocolate compound in a double boiler or using a microwave.
- Line the inside of the tart mould with the melted chocolate. Remove the excess chocolate by turning the tart mould upside down and let it cool in refrigerator.
- Now grind the oats and butter together in a grinder to a fine powder like consistency. (Please note that some may not like the taste of just oats. In order to make it better, you can add 1-2 tspn of sugar or you can use oat biscuits or marie biscuits in plate of only oats)
- Now, chop the plums into small pieces and boil them until a little mushy, add the sugar and grind them in a grinder. Make sure the consistency is not too liquidy. Otherwise it won’t stay on the dessert.
- Take 100 gms of fresh cream and fold in the prepared plum puree. Let it cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Use the remaining chocolate compound to make chocolate ganache -> Heat the remaining fresh cream in a pan. Bring it to a slight boil. Now take it off from the gas and add the remaining chocolate compound in it. Let it sit covered for 5 minutes. This will let the chocolate melt from the hot cream. Once the chocolate is melted, add a tspn of butter. Let the ganache sit for a while.
- Now for the assembling part, take out the tart mould from the refrigerator. First add a thin layer of whipped cream. Then add the prepared the oats and butter mixture. On top of it add the prepared plum and cream mixture. Now add the remaining whipped cream. Lastly, decorate the dessert with the prepared ganache and dust some coffee powder on it.
- Let the entire preparation sit in the refrigerator for half an hour. And lo! your dessert is ready. Remove the tart shell and your dessert is ready to serve!
This dessert might look complex because of the layers involved in it – but it is actually quite easy. If you are looking to please your crowd with a mix and match of super yum flavors then this dessert can definitely be your go to option!