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Saturday, 19 October 2013

National Baking Week - Chocolate Pear Cake

After our pear and apple picking at the weekend and it being National Baking Week and all I thought I would share this really really easy recipe I found using pears. I have to admit I am not a huge pear fan, I love most fresh fruit but pears I really prefer cooked. I found this recipe on Nigella Lawson's website so I take no credit for the recipe but it is super easy and really yummy. Even the kids will eat it!

Chocolate pear pudding
Scrummy served warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt.


Chocolate Pear Cake

4- 5 fresh pears peeled, cored and quartered (Nigella's recipe uses tinned pears but it's great for fresh pears too)
125g  plain flour
25g cocoa powder
125g caster sugar
150g softened butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 largish eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla essence

Preheat the oven to 200 C/gas mark 6 and grease a 22cm square ovenproof dish (or use a silicone dish like mine and you don't need to grease it - yay!)

Prepare the pears and arrange them in the bottom of the dish so they cover the dish more or less

Put all the other ingredients in a mixing bowl and whizz up with an electric hand mixer. (Nigella uses a food processor but that's just more washing up!!)

Spread the mixture over the pears and bake for 30 minutes

Let it cool for 5 or 10 minutes and cut into about 9 slices and serve - warm with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, cream, ice cream or for real chocolatey indulgence chocolate sauce - yum!

How to make chocolate pear cake

No excuses now - this is just the easiest pudding ever - so geeet baking!

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