Some days, even the healthiest yoga-crazed fitness addict craves pure, shameless indulgence and this pudding is for days like that: When nothing but a good book and a slice of really decadent tart will do ; days when virtue is for everybody else and lust gets the better of you.
Pralinoise chocolate 200g
Puff pastry 1 sheet ( my latest version above was done with homemade short pastry)
Pears 3 mature ones
Ground almond 100g
Caster sugar 100g
Pre-heat your oven to 220°C. In a big bowl, whisk the soft butter, ground almond and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Add the beaten up eggs and whisk until smooth.
Unroll the pastry and lay into a buttered pie dish. Prick the bottom with a fork to avoid unsightly bumps later.
Peel and core the pears. Cut them in quarters. Reserve.
Melt the chocolate in a small pan plunged within a bigger one full of water (bain-marie for the experts). This is the best way not to burn chocolate. But add a drop cold water if the mix gets too dry.
Pour the melted chocolate over the pastry base. Then pour the almond and eggs mix over and lay your pear slices on top. Sprinkle with a spoonful of crushed hazelnuts.
Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Pralinoise is a classic chocolate bar distributed by Cadbury France. It is chocolate with hazelnut paste. Mon Ecusette de Noireuil – as Andre Breton called his own daughter- could be quite addicted to it…
If you can’t find it, replace by semi dark chocolate with a good spoonful of Nutella. This recipe was a special request from my lovely ex-au pair Kinga and so it jumps the queue. Tomorrow I will write about Cod and fish which was tonight’s subject…