Something Complicated

Something Complicated


1 gram chocolate (tool kit, about 175)
225 grams plain flour
115 grams butter (plus extra to grease)
3 egg yolks
8 egg whites
25 grams caster sugar (plus 10 heaped tbsp)
1 inch syrup (can Red plums)
310 grams sponge (chocolate, with ch)
250 milliliters double cream
411 grams fruit cocktail (drained)
425 grams custard (ready made)
2 tablespoons apples (Stewed)
1 teaspoon corn flour
powdered sugar
cocoa powder


11 Grate the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and sit the bowl above a pan of simmering water until melted.
22 Blitz the flour, 115g/4oz butter and 25g/1oz caster sugar in a processor until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add an egg yolk and blitz again to make a dough, adding a little water to bind.
33 Roll out the pastry on a floured work top to a 5mm thickness. Cut out four large discs with a cutter or saucer and line four large greased patty tins.
44 Prick the pastry bases with a fork and bake blind for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked and golden brown.
55 Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gradually whisk in eight heaped tbsp caster sugar to make a stiff meringue. Strain off the plum juice into a pan and simmer to reduce and thicken.
66 Divide half the crumbled sponge between the pastry cases. Spoon a third of meringue into a piping bag and pipe onto each case to cover the sponge.
77 Grill the tarts for 2-3 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown.
8Serve with the plum sauce and some of the plums. Dust with icing sugar.
98 For the Trifles: Divide the remaining sponge between two dessert glasses.
10Whisk 150ml/ 1/4 pint double cream to stiff peaks with 1 tbsp caster sugar.
119 Drizzle a quarter of the melted chocolate over the chocolate sponges, spoon on half of the whipped cream and top with the fruit cocktail.
1210 For the Souffles: Butter three small ramekin dishes well and lightly coat each with 1 tsp caster sugar. Shake off any excess.
1311 Mix together two egg yolks, 1 tbsp custard, apple puree and cornflour, fold in a third of meringue mixture and spoon into the ramekin dishes. Bake for 8-10 minutes until risen and golden brown. Dust with icing sugar and serve.
1412 For the Floating Islands: Place large spoonfuls of the remaining meringue mix into a pan of simmering water and poach for 3-5 minutes or until set, turning over halfway through cooking. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and drain.
1513 Pour the remaining custard and double cream into a pan and heat through gently. Add the remaining melted chocolate and mix together.
1614 Pour the custard mixture into a bowl, sit the floating islands on top and dust with cocoa powder. Serve with the remaining plums.
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NutritionView more



Calories960Calories from Fat560
Total Fat62g95%
Saturated Fat36g180%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat560
Total Carbohydrate85g28%
Dietary Fiber5g20%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.