|photo from BBC GoodFood|
Pear, Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake
original recipe here
- 100 g blanched hazelnuts*
- 140 g self-rising flour
- 175 g butter
- 140 g white or caster sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 5 small, ripe pears
- 50 g dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks/slivers
Preheat the oven to 310 F. Grease the bottom of a 7 inch round cake pan (a springform pan works really well). Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until quite fine. Add the flour and pulse briefly. Add the butter and pulse until it forms fine crumbs. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and add the sugar and eggs (don't overmix). Peel, core and chop two of the pears. Lightly stir the pears and chocolate into the batter.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Slice the remaining pears and arrange across the top of the batter, pressing down slightly. Bake approximately 80 minutes (start checking around 60 minutes), until firm to the touch. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Best served slightly warm with cream or ice cream.
*To easily blanch hazelnuts, bring a pot of water and 2 T baking soda to a boil. Add the hazelnuts and cook 3-5 minutes. Rinse in cold water 1-2 minutes and slip the skins off with a clean dish towel.