Ann Reardon

Master Chef Gold Bar Recipe

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After watching the Master Chef New York episode I really wanted to taste the ‘gold bar’ dessert. Unfortunately the chef did not share his recipe with the world. Based on the layers that the contestants described here is my version- minus the gold leaf that adorned it.

I did find several sources of gold leaf online but as it is tasteless I did not think it warranted the expense or the risk. Pure gold or silver posses no health issues to most people as it passes through the digestive system unchanged. But how do you know what you are getting is pure? One study of ‘pure edible’ silver from India found that over half of them were not as advertised. In fact 10% of the samples were aluminium and contained no silver at all. Over half of the others were mainly silver but also contained some toxic metals including nickel, cadmium and lead.* So I would advise caution when buying gold leaf for consumption purposes.

You will need a candy thermometer for this recipe.

Chocolate Pastry Base Recipe

This is what I used for the base, but if I was to make it again I’d try something different, add more sugar or perhaps some coconut – it was a bit bland.

200g (7.05 ounces) or 1 1/4 cups plain flour
100g (3.53 ounces) or 1/2 cup sugar
50g (1.76 ounces) or 1/3 cup plus one tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
75g (2.65 ounces) or 1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 egg

Combine the flour, sugar and cocoa with the melted margarine.  Stir in the egg.

Roll out between two sheets of baking paper and bake at 200C (392 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 10 minutes.

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Caramel / Dulce de leche Recipe

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Follow  this  dulce de leche caramel recipe. Pour the hot caramel over the base and spread right to the edges. This is especially important if you are using a bottomless pan as it creates a seal to stop the cremeux from leaking.

Chocolate Cremeux Recipe

Chocolate cremeux is a delicious dessert that tastes a bit like chocolate mousse but less airy and with a smoother mouth feel. You can find the recipe for the chocolate cremeux here. Double the recipe shown.
Pour the cremeux over the base and place in the freezer until very firm.

Chocolate Glacage Recipe (mirror glaze)

This is the shiny chocolate glaze that coats the bars. The glacage recipe can be found here. Using a hot knife cut the dessert into equal sized bars and place on a baking rack over a tray. Generously spoon over the glacage to cover each bar. Once it has finished dripping transfer onto individual plates.

Chocolate Tuile Recipe

These paper thin tuiles provide the crispy element to the dessert and give it a classy finish.  Tuile recipe can be found here. Place tuiles along the edge of the dessert just before serving.

If you make it and come up with a better base recipe please post it in the comments section.

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17 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 4

    Hi what do you bake the pastry in as the recipe just states to roll it out between parchment sheets and bake it.

  2. 3geology

  3. Hi Ann, I’ve just found you today and I’m thrilled. I have a question about this. Which goes on the base first? Caramel or cremeux?

    • Hi Bea, the Caramel goes down first. This will help to prevent the cremeux from leaking out.

  4. Ann, I have become a recent follower of you recipes and have even tried a few. I wanted to make a rich chocolate, but I am not very fond of ultra sweet, extra rich frosting. Do you think your chocolate cremeux recipie could be used as icing for the chocolate cake in the same way as chocolate ganache? Many thanks, Amita

  5. You are amazing, do you think you could make a cake with m&m’s coming out from the middle of the cake, that would be awesome! Thanks so much

    • Like a pinata cake?

    • Thanks Autumn, We have made a couple of cakes like that!

  6. Hi ann I love your videos but the Christmas video with the
    Gingerbread is kinda affence to my religion plz don’t
    Do anything alike plz. Thank you could you do a cake
    Recipe I could use for my easy bake oven thx.

    • I disagree, I thought it was cute, regardless of my personal religion. Everybody has the right to have whatever religion they want, and making a Christmas video isn’t harming anyone. Not trying to be offensive, just stating my opinion. If you don’t like Christmas videos, don’t click on them.

      • I wasn’t trying to be rude held but I was just telling ann how I felt. It is my opinion

    • I am a muslim and I don’t really celebrate Christmas, although I really don’t mind anybody just celebrating their religion, as it IS what they believe in. Besides, If you don’t like something, just don’t pay attention to it, ’cause others might enjoy it. Not to be mean or anything, just saying what I think.

  7. In my opinion a chocolate crumble base would be just perfect!

    • 🙂

  8. Just wanted you to know that your link for chocolate glacage seems to be missing.

    • thanks Jeff all fixed 😀

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