Steven Smith's intricate poached pineapple and chocolate recipe parades exotic ingredients, as he explains: "I have reached for the flavours of the Caribbean for a contrast between sweetness and acidity. Here we can see classic complements, including coconut rum, raisin, pineapple and chocolate. It's the perfect pudding for any sweet tooth."
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Begin by preparing the mousse. Place the sugar and the water in a pan and boil to 119˚C. Meanwhile, add the eggs and the egg yolks to a food mixer and whisk on full speed. Once the sugar and water has reached 119˚C, pour slowly onto the eggs while continuing to whisk on a medium speed until cool
100g of water
200g of caster sugar
6 egg yolks
In a separate bowl, add the cream to a pan over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and pour onto the room temperature chocolate. Stir gently to combine and allow to cool until lukewarm
500g of cream
375g of 65 % dark chocolate, Michel Cluizel
In a large bowl, fold the egg sugar mixture into the chocolate and transfer to a container to set and cool in the fridge
To prepare the pineapple, melt the sugar in a small deep pot over a medium heat until a dark caramel forms, approximately 170˚C. Add the pineapple juice to dilute and bring to the boil, ensuring all the caramel and juice are combined
225g of caster sugar
75g of pineapple juice
Meanwhile, cut the pineapples into large cubes and simmer gently in the caramel for 10 minutes. Add the Pedro Ximenez, stir to combine and remove from the heat. Transfer to a bowl, wrap in cling film and set aside until ready to serve
25ml of Pedro Ximenez
For the ice cream, in a pan, combine the milk and cream and bring to the boil. Add the sweet cicely, remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 1 hour
1000ml of full-fat milk
100g of cream
100g of sweet cicely
After 1 hour, whisk the eggs with the sugar until creamy and pale in colour. Bring the cream mixture back to the boil, then pass through a fine sieve onto the eggs, whisking to combine. Add to a pan and heat to 65˚C. Once it reaches 65˚C, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Freeze in a Pacojet container and churn once ready to serve
95g of egg yolk
150g of caster sugar
For the raisins, boil the water with the sugar in a pan to create a sugar syrup. Add the raisins to the syrup and allow to cool. Once the mixture has cooled, add the Malibu and the passion fruit pulp, including the seeds
150g of water
150g of caster sugar
2 passion fruits
100g of raisins
35ml of Malibu
To prepare the pineapple gel, heat 200ml of the pineapple juice in a pan over a medium heat. Reduce for 20 minutes until it darkens and begins to caramelise. Remove from the heat and refresh with the remaining 200ml of juice, whisking to incorporate. Weigh the final juice solution and add 1% agar agar
400ml of pineapple juice
agar agar, 1% of final pineapple juice weight
Return to a low heat and blitz to incorporate. Simmer for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat, transfer to a suitable container and allow to set in the fridge
Once the gel has set, blitz in a blender to form a smooth gel. Add to a squeezy bottle and set aside until ready to plate
To form the chocolate casing, prepare the acetate into 6 strips measuring 6cm x 12cm. Melt the dark chocolate in a bain-marie until is reaches 54˚C
200g of 65 % dark chocolate, Michel Cluizel
Remove from the heat and allow to cool evenly to 27˚C, then reheat to 32˚C, smooth onto the acetate to a depth of approximately 1.5mm
While the chocolate is still wet, shape the 6 strips into open bottomed cones, sealing at the bottom. Place onto a tray and refrigerate until dry
Preheat the oven to 160˚C/gas mark 2
For the chocolate crumble, blitz the butter with the cocoa and flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Pulse in the brown sugar and salt. Spread thinly over a lined baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until crunchy. Remove from the oven, allow to cool then pulse in a food processor to form fine, crunchy crumbs. Set aside in a container until ready to use
125g of unsalted butter, room temperature
100g of flour
100g of cocoa powder
50g of brown sugar
1 pinch of flaky sea salt
Before serving, remove the mousse from the fridge. Whisk thoroughly to aerate and place in a piping bag. Remove the chocolate cones from the fridge and place in the middle of each plate. Fill the cones with the whipped mousse and top with chocolate crumble
Arrange a piece of pineapple in its liquid next to each chocolate cone and add the raisins, passion fruit and a few drops of the pineapple gel. Sprinkle on the crumble and finish with a scoop of ice cream. Serve immediately
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