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Chocolate and espresso brulee tarts



12 portion(s)

Chocolate pastry

  • 25 g cocoa
  • 190 g plain flour
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 120 g chilled Butter, cubed
  • 1 tbsp iced water
  • 3 egg yolks

Crème pâtissière

  • 1 tsp strong instant coffee granules
  • 2 tbsp Boiling water
  • 160 g Milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 25 g plain flour
  • 125 g cream


  • 75 g dark chocolate, broken into squares
  • 60 g cream


  • sugar, for sprinkling

Recipe's preparation

    Chocolate pastry
  1. Place cocoa, flour, icing sugar and salt into clean, dry TM bowl. Mix thoroughly 20 seconds/speed 4.

  2. Add butter and process 10 seconds/speed 6 or until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk and water, set the dial to and  10-20 seconds or until mixture just comes together. Do not over process.

  3. Tip out dough onto ThermoMat or clean bench, form a ball and flatten dough into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  4. Roll out pastry between two sheets of greaseproof paper (or plastic wrap) to 3mm thick. Using a tart tin as a guide, cut rounds from the pastry about 2cm larger than the tin and use to line 12 x 8cm loose-bottomed fluted tart tins. Trim edges. Line the pastry cases with non-stick baking paper, fill with baking weights (or rice) and bake for 10 mins. Remove paper and weights and bake for a further 5-8 minutes or until the pastry is cooked through. Allow to cool in the tins.

  5. Crème pâtissière
  6. Make caster sugar first if necessary 3 seconds/speed 10. Set aside.

  7. Add coffee and hot water to TM bowl. Swirl bowl by hand until coffee has dissolved. Add all other ingredients except cream and cook 90˚C/7 minutes/speed 4 with the MC on. Set mixture aside in medium sided bowl.

  8. Add cream to clean TM bowl. Insert butterfly and whip to soft peaks 10-20 seconds/speed 3. Whipping time will depend on the age of the cream. Add cream to crème pâtissière and fold in gently using spatula. Cover with plastic wrap. Ensure that the plastic wrap touches the entire surface. Refrigerate until needed.

  9. Ganache
  10. Place chocolate in TM bowl and grate for 10 seconds/speed 8. Add cream and cook for 2 minutes/60˚/speed 3-4 or until smooth. Set aside in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap to cool completely. Ensure that the plastic wrap touches the entire surface.

  11. Assembly
  12. Remove the pastry cases from the tins and divide the ganache between the pastry cases. Fill with crème patissiere and sprinkle with sugar. Using a kitchen blow torch, brûlée the tarts until caramelised.


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Original recipe from Donna Hay magazine, Issue 63, June/July 2012. Adapted for Thermomix by Erica Noble.

You can use the leftover egg whites to make meringues, pavlova, macarons, or you can throw them in with your scrambled eggs for breakfast, a frittata or quiche. If you don't want to overdose on sugar (these tarts won't last very long, trust me!), egg whites freeze really well.


If it’s a warm day, work with only half the pastry at a time to prevent the butter from melting and the pastry getting too soft. You can make these tarts in different sized tins, just adjust the cooking time for the pastry accordingly.


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  • Nice recipe enjoyed by the

    Submitted by Leanne31 on 8. November 2015 - 17:52.

    Nice recipe enjoyed by the whole family. Thanks for sharing. 

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  • What temoerature should the

    Submitted by TesB on 8. September 2015 - 16:47.

    What temoerature should the tart shells cook at please? fan forced oven

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  •   These tarts are so

    Submitted by ArwensThermoPics on 13. April 2014 - 14:44.


    These tarts are so delicious Erica, I could not stop eating them YUM!!!! I am very happy to be your taste tester anytime tmrc_emoticons.)

    Cooking from scratch  www.arwensthermopics.com

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  • These are absolutley devine.

    Submitted by Elizabeth on 8. July 2012 - 17:17.

    These are absolutley devine. A bit fiddly to make as I made then in small tartlets tins that I make fruit mince pies in, but well worth the effort. I cant see in the instructions the temperature to cook the tarts in in the oven, which was ok for me but someone else may not know. Thanks for the recipe! tmrc_emoticons.)



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  • Love, love, loved these and

    Submitted by Fiona Hoskin on 16. June 2012 - 12:10.

    tmrc_emoticons.) Love, love, loved these and I'm not a coffee fan so that is really saying something!!! They looked and tasted divine! Deserves to be recipe of the day!!!


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  • Well done on Recipe of the

    Submitted by CharlotteHamilton on 14. June 2012 - 12:18.

    Well done on Recipe of the DAY... this recipes should be RECIPE of the WEEK!!! awesome one Thanks for getting it up on the recipe community tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • opps I forgot to put my

    Submitted by ArwensThermoPics on 14. June 2012 - 08:51.

    opps I forgot to put my rating in you guessed what it would be !!!

    Cooking from scratch  www.arwensthermopics.com

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