Monday, September 13, 2010

Chocolate Pear Cake


Recently my mum bought me a cake tin. I had been wanting a deep cake tin forever, and my mum found one! A heavy duty WonderBake, by Wiltshire. I couldn't wait to take it for a test drive. I knew I wanted to make something with pears, cause I had so many, so I went searching for the right cake recipe. I stumbled upon this blog, Confessions of a Tart, it is fantastic! I loved the look of a chocolate pear cake. It looked fudgy and delicious with the pears through the middle of the chocolate cake.

I loved that you could make this gluten free also, just substitute the flour for almond meal, or a gluten free flour. I also added some spices, essences and vanilla. And I separated the egg, I thought it should make it a lot lighter. Enjoy!

110 grams butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
4 eggs at room temp separate the yolks
100 grams chocolate melted
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup almond meal
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons mixed cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
1 vanilla bean, seeds only
1/2 teaspoon almond essence
pinch of salt
4 pears peeled, quartered and poached for about 20 minutes with a teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 170C.
Sift the flour, almond meal, cocoa, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl and set aside.
Beat the egg whites until the form soft peaks.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the yolks, melted chocolate, vanilla bean seeds and almond essence.

Then carefully and slowly mix through the flour into the chocolate mixture.


Mix 1/3 egg whites, with a spatula, into the chocolate batter. Then add another 1/3 and mix. Then the last lot. Don't worry too much if it isn't well incorporated, it'll be fine.


Spoon 1/2 the mix onto the bottom of a lined cake tin. Arrange the pears on top of the batter, then spoon on the rest of the cake mix.



Bake for about 40 minutes. It should still be a little fudgy and not completely cooked through. Serve warm with a dollop of creme fraiche.

This is the blog that I discovered on the weekend. I love it! And the link to the 'confessions of a tart' chocolate pear cake.
http://confessionsoftart.blogspot.com/2010/03/chocolate-pear-cake.html

3 comments:

  1. What a lovely looking cake! And good idea getting a heavy duty baking tin-the non stick coating lasts longer! :)

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  2. What a gorgeous cake tin ;)

    And what a lovely cake it made - all the step-by-step pics are great, I'm too much of a lazy bugger to do it myself :)

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  3. This looks so yummy and fudgy! Pear and chocolate are a gorgeous pair - pear pair :) that i dont use often. I should combine them more!
    Heidi xo

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