This is a rich and sumptuous pudding suitable for any Christmas Party. Fresh pineapple is crystallized and then, with other glace fruits and nuts, tops two crunchy layers of dark chocolate sandwiched together with a light cheesecake cream. It is delectable.
Cut the pineapple into slices approximately ½-inch (1 cm) thick or less. Cut off the skin, using a sharp knife, and remove the core with an apple corer. Put the pineapple rings in the bottom of a large, heavy saucepan and just cover them with water. Cover the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for ¾-1 hour until the fruit is soft when you push a knife through it.
Meanwhile, oil the sides of two
When the pineapple is ready, remove the slices from the pan with a slotted spoon and put them on one side. Boil the water in the pan fiercely until it has reduced to about
When the pineapple is quite cold, loosen the edges of one chocolate disc with a knife, turn it out and peel off the greaseproof paper. Put the disc smooth-side down, on a serving plate. Whisk the cream until it is softly thick, stir in the icing sugar and then whisk in the curd cheese and yogurt until the mixture is smooth and thick. Spread this on to the disc of chocolate. Place the second disc, rough-side down, on top of the cream. Arrange the pineapple rings in an overlapping pattern over the top. Cut some glacé cherries in half and arrange them over the holes in the rings. Cut a strip of angelica into leaf shapes or diamonds and arrange the decoratively round the cherries. Stir the flaked almonds in a frying pan over a high heat for a minute or two until browned and then scatter them over the top. Shortly before serving, spoon the reserved pineapple syrup on top of the gâteau.
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