DRUNKEN PEARS IN HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE CAKE

June 1, 2015

This recipe has climbed to the top of my ‘most favorite cakes’ list recently. The batter is moist, flavorful and nutty and the pears add a fresh fruitiness.

To make things even better it is extremely easy to make and looks like you are the total baking pro. Just make sure nobody is allergic to nuts!!

DRUNKEN PEARS IN HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 200g sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 eggs
  • 200g butter [room temperature]
  • 400g ground hazelnuts
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 40ml pear snaps
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 small pears
  • 150g dark chocolate

 

_ roast hazelnuts in a large pan [without oil] until you get a lovely roasted smell

_ add spices and baking powder

_ butter and flour a rectangular cake pan

_ preheat oven to 175°C

_ combine butter, sugar and the eggs

_ beat until the sugar is fully dissolved

_ scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean and add to the eggs

_ finally mix in the hazelnut mixture

_ spoon batter into the cake pan until half full

_ wash pears and place them upright into the batter

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_ spoon more batter over the pears until the pan is ¾ filled [pears should still stick out a good 2-3 cm]

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_ bake for about 1 hour [cover half way through with some baking sheet to keep the pears from burning]

_ take cake out of the oven and poke the surface with a fork

_ drizzle snaps over the top

_ leave to cool completely before taking out of the pan

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_ melt chocolate in a water bath

_ cover cake with chocolate

_ wait for the chocolate to harden [or not] and enjoy [preferably with some vanilla ice cream]

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One Comment

  1. Sabine says:

    Liebe Anita, das sieht ja großartig aus!!! Und schmeckt sicher super lecker!

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