Malted Chocolate Tart

When I worked at The Hard Rock Café I would end my shift my a mug of hot milk, flavoured with Horlicks. During the week we worked until midnight at the earliest and some weekends we would be at work at breakfast time having pulled an all night shift. Horlicks is a malted drink, similar to Ovaltine. I found that a generous serving in milk would be all that I would need to get a good night’s sleep, even if that translated to napping from 6am till 9am. The strangest thing is that whenever I had surgery, the first thing I asked for after an anaesthetic, was a Horlicks milkshake. This had to come from The Doll’s House, the local roadhouse diner and was also provided by my friend Kim. Sadly, Horlicks is not sugar free and so for 20 years I have not enjoyed a mug of hot milk flavoured with Horlicks before bed time. The other day I had some time on my hands and so I read the ingredients of the Ovaltine tin – it is sugar free but extremely expensive. I did not want to spend a lot of money and end up having one spoonful and being disappointed in the taste. It was then that I decided to buy some barley malt syrup to try instead as the price suited my budget way better. I was not let down at all! It actually tastes better than Horlicks! And then I decided to take this one step further and add a spoonful of the barley malt syrup to my favourite hot chocolate drink, Nomu’s Skinny Hot Chocolate. This is now my new favourite bed time treat, with a dash of cinnamon added for the night’s I feel I need some help sleeping. This drink was the inspiration behind my malted chocolate tart. I promise you, it tastes just as good as it looks!

Malted Chocolate Tart
Malted Chocolate Tart
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Malted Chocolate Tart

Recipe Category: Dessert
Makes enough for: 1 tart
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 250 mls cream
  • 100 g barley malt syrup
  • 200 g dark chocolate, broken up
  • 50 g solid cacao
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 prepared pastry shell


  • Place the cream and the syrup into a sauce pan and bring to the boil
  • Place the chocolate into a large measuring jug and pour the boiling cream over the chocolate
  • Mix in until all the chocolate has melted
  • Add the cacao and the butter and mix in completely, making sure everything is melted and the ganache is smooth
  • Leave to cool slightly before pouring into a prepared pastry shell
  • Place into the fridge to set

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50 thoughts on “Malted Chocolate Tart

  1. This looks and sounds delicious, Tandy. Is there another name for ‘barley malt syrup’? I haven’t come across it. Can one use an alternative? Thanks for the recipe and have a great week. 🙂

    1. HI AD, ask at your local health shop for the barley malt syrup. You could try using treacle but it won’t have the same flavour 🙂

  2. Hi Tandy!

    This tart looks divine. I can’t imagine how it tastes!!!

    I love the malted aspect, very creative.

    And I too, love a good cup of hot chocolate as a nap cap, helps me sleep….adding a little milk of course =)

  3. This looks and sounds divine – roll on an occasion that I can make it for.

  4. I used to love horlicks! I make a similar chocolate tart but this one sounds so good I am going to try this next time.

  5. What a scrumptious tart Tandy.
    Pete and I were in Cape Town day before yesterday but sadly could not stay longer. We had a meeting in Gordons Bay en route back to Plett for the night.I would love to have met up for a cuppa. Maybe we can visit soon again.
    Have a lovely evening.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  6. It’s a good thing I’m eating my (healthy) choc nut banana pudding as I’m reading this… yum! My mom used to make us Horlicks all the time when we were younger. Then I stopped enjoying the taste for some reason. Never tried making chocolate tart – now I’m keep to give it go. 🙂

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