Chocolate Spiced Pear Cake

Chocolate Spiced Pear Cake

This chocolate spiced pear cake is a real winner, light, moist and chocolaty. Full of autumn flavours, the pears are infused in a poaching liquid of vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, turmeric and whisky.

It is not necessary to poach the pears if you really don’t want to make the extra effort, but I find the flavours comforting. They remind me of winter, sitting by the fire with a hot toddy. And this poaching liquid is a little different as it includes the addition of a few extra ingredients, not normally found in hot toddy but they compliment the pears really well.

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    WHAT LARDER INGREDIENTS WILL I NEED FOR THIS RECIPE?

    For this recipe, which also includes a chocolate sauce you will need these 17 ingredients:

    • Pears
    • Whisky
    • Cinnamon stick
    • Cloves
    • Ground ginger
    • Ground turmeric
    • Brown sugar
    • Plain or all-purpose flour (BL55)
    • Dutch cocoa powder
    • Baking soda
    • Baking powder
    • Neutral-tasting oil (vegetable or sunflower)
    • Caster sugar or granulated white sugar
    • Vanilla pod, vanilla extract or paste
    • Egg
    • Milk
    • Cream

    EQUIPMENT SUGGESTIONS

    • Small glass bowl
    • Small saucepan
    • Measuring spoons
    • Digital scale
    • Loaf pan 2 lb (900 g),
      about 21 cm long, 11 cm wide and 7 cm high (8x4x3 inches approx).

    NUTRITION

    Serving: one cake slice

    Nutrition information can vary for a recipe based on factors such as precision of measurements, brands, ingredient freshness, or the source of nutrition data.

    I strive to keep the information as accurate as possible but make no warranties regarding its accuracy.

    I encourage you to make your own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.


    STORAGE AND FREEZING OPTIONS

    This cake is best eaten on the day but also keeps well for up to 5 days.

    Freezing: Wrap this cake well with cling wrap or put it in a freezer box and it will keep for 2-3 months.

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    READY TO MAKE YOUR CHOCOLATE SPICED PEAR CAKE ?

    Chocolate spiced pear cake

    Chocolate Spiced Pear Cake

    Preparation:40 minutes
    Baking:1 hour
    Total:1 hour 40 minutes
    Servings: 10 slices
    This chocolate spiced pear cake is a real winner for those autumn days, Whisky infused pears in a light, moist chocolaty sponge.

    INGREDIENTS LIST
     

    Poached pears

    • 3 medium pears
    • 25 ml whisky
    • 1 stick cinnamon
    • 5 whole cloves
    • ½ tsp ground ginger
    • 1 vanilla pod (optional)
    • 200 g soft brown sugar
    • ½ tsp ground turmeric
    • 800 ml water

    Cake

    • 120 g plain or all-purpose flour (BL55)
    • 45 g Dutch cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 60 ml neutral-tasting oil (coconut, vegetable or sunflower oil)
    • 120 g caster or granulated white sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract, sugar or 1/2 tsp of vanilla paste
    • ½ tsp fine sea salt
    • 1 medium egg
    • 130 ml milk
    • 130 ml boiling water

    Chocolate sauce

    • 300 ml pear poaching liquid
    • 100 ml single cream
    • 40 g Dutch cocoa powder

    Preparation
     

    • Poaching pears: Peel the pears, leaving the stalk intact.
    • Combine all the ingredients into a small saucepan, the water should be enough to cover the pears, bring to a simmer.
    • Gently poach the pears for about 15 minutes.
    • Remove the pears and the spices with a slotted spoon.
    • Chocolate cake mix: Preheat the oven to 160°C fan / 350°F / Gas 4
    • Line a loaf tin with parchment on the base and sides.
    • Place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth.
    • Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid.)
    • The pears should now be cool enough to place into the loaf tin, if they don’t stand easily, you can cut the bottoms straight to help them. Pour the batter in and around the pears.
    • Baking: Place on the middle shelf in the oven for 45–50 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
    • Chocolate sauce: Whilst the cake is baking prepare the chocolate sauce by reducing the pear poaching liquid down to about 300ml, then add the cream and cocoa powder to make a rich chocolate pear sauce.
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    KEYWORDS Baking, Chocolate cake, Chocolate pear cake, Poached pears

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