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Chocolate Pear Cake

Chocolate Pear Cake

Chocolate Pear Cake

Serves: 8

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 45 minutes



4 Buerre Bosc pears
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder (dark)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup ground almonds
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
150g butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup milk (room temperature)



Heat oven to 180°C

Grease and line a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper

Slice pears, placing them in a bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large bowl. Add sugar, ground almonds, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and then fold in the butter and milk

Spread half the cake mixture over the base of the prepared tin and arrange half of the pear slices on top. Spread over the remaining cake mixture then arrange the remaining pears on top

Bake for 45 minutes (or until a skewer is inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean)

Leave to sit in the tin for 15 minutes before removing. Serve warm with low-fat yoghurt or ice cream