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.
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.