Friday 26 June 2015

Pears, dark cocoa and almonds cake

15 minutes to prepare Serves 12

Do not let the peasant know
how good
chocolate is with pears


Pears and chocolate are firm friends and nowhere is that clearer than in this beauty of a bake, in which the soft and sweet fruit, the bitter and strong cocoa, and the crunchy almonds are perfectly balanced. For this reason, despite being a humble dessert, this cake always finds a way to be the center of attention.

The combination is one of my favorite ones and this is just one of the many recipes I have been trying. If you are interested, more and different ones will come in the future. I hope you enjoy it, let me know in Comments section!

Here are ingredients for a 12-serving recipe (24-cm diameter baking pan):

180 g sugar
2 ripe Kaiser pears
200 g flour 00
50 g potato starch
30 g dark cocoa powder
3 eggs
1 sachet vanilla baking powder
125 g white creamy yogurt
120 g butter 
1 lemon juice
60 g sliced almonds

  1. Preheat oven to 180°
  2. Cut 1 pear into cubes, the other one into slices. Sprinkle both with the lemon juice and set aside
  3. Whisk the eggs and the sugar with an electric beater until you get a light and fluffy mixture
  4. Melt the butter in a bain-marie and let it cool down
  5. Add the yogurt to the mixture of eggs and sugar, and mix with the electric mixer
  6. Sift the flour, the potato starch, the baking powder and the cocoa. Add them to the mixture while keeping on mixing
  7. Add the melted butter and whisk again until the mixture is smooth
  8. Add the pear cut into cubes (keep the sliced pear to decorate the cake surface) and stir with a spoon
  9. Grease and flour the baking pan and pour the mixture. Level it well and add both ​​almonds and sliced pears on the surface. Bake it at 180° for 40 minute. (Do not open the oven for at least the first half of the baking time and perform the toothpick test at the end, to be sure baking is done) 
  10. Leave the cake to cool a bit in the oven with the door open, then out of the oven
  11. Once the cake is fully cooled, garnish the top with some icing sugar, if you like

Nutrition Facts are detailed in the table below. Data is provided per serving.

Gnom gnom gnom!!!

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