Because it is still the season, I wanted to share with you a series of short recipes with pears. If you love chocolate and almond too; this chocolate, pears and almond cake will be very comforting to eat with a warm cup of tea (or coffee). Take a break, read a book, chat with a friend and indulge into a piece of that cake…
I bought all the pears at my favourite local shop Au Bout du Champ in Montmartre (on the Lamarck side). It distributes produce from local farmers in the Paris area, who practice organic and peasant farming and supply only seasonal fruit and vegetables. The quality and taste is really good and last but not least prices are far cheaper than the fruit & veg shops on rue des Abbesses.
I took my inspiration from this recipe on the blog Chic Chic Chocolat and simplified it to cut the sugar take and prep time.
Chocolate, pears and almond cake
Prep time: 15-20 min / Cooking time: 40-45 min
3 medium size pears
150 g dark chocolate (70%)
50 ml of amaretto
120 g butter (at room temperature)
120 g of sugar
100 g almond meal
30 g flour
1 tsp. of baking powder
1 pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 180 ° C / 350 ° F.
Place the chocolate and amaretto in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to stand at room temperature until completely cool, but still runny.
In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Gradually add the eggs and beat well to combine. Add the chocolate, almond meal, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until well combined.
Pour the batter into a loaf tin (previously greased and dust with flour if you do not use a flexible pan). Insert the pears deep in the batter.
Bake for about 40-45 min until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in the tin for 15-20 min before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Dust with icing sugar to serve.
Happy baking and see you in a couple of days for another recipe with pears !