18 Sep 2016

Pear and Chocolate Cake

Today, we baked a cake.
 Because it was Sunday. Because it rained. Because I really like baking and cooking. 
We found the "regular" cake ingredients as well as pears and dark chocolate.
So we decided to make a "Birne Helene Kuchen". 
A Pear and Chocolate Cake.
Apparently, the fancy name for the combination of pear and chocolate and stuff is
Poire Belle Helene.
I googled that.

Poire belle Hélène ([pwaʁ bɛl elɛn]GermanBirne Helene) is a dessert made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice creamchocolate syrup, and crystallized violets. (source: wikipedia)

So there we went and baked. And it was really, really nice.
A not too sweet, very moist, brownie-like base with juicy pear pieces.
Fruity, caramelised pear slices on top.
Really fluffy. Really comforting. 
And really easy and quick to make. 


100g dark chokolate
4 pears
3 ggs
125g unsalted butter
60g sugar
vanilla essence
200g white spelt flour 
(plain white flour will do, too)
1 level tsp baking powder
75ml milk
icing sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 175 degrees
(fan assisted to 160 degrees)

Carefully melt the chocolate.
Peel all pears and remove the cores.
Slice 3 pears, cut one into little cubes.

Generously whisk butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt.
Add flour and baking powder.
Add the milk.
Add the chocolate and pear cubes.

Pour the mixture into a 20cm cake/sponge pan.
Put the pear slices on top and push them slightly into the dough.

Bake the cake for 50-60 mins. 

Leave to cool and dust with a bit of icing sugar.



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