Decadent Holiday Desserts – Dark Chocolate and Pear Cake
This delicious pear and chocolate cake sounds harder than it is. Two things to remember: beat the eggs long enough until they are thick and pale yellow before adding the browned butter and flour, and make sure your cake is fully-baked before removing from the oven. If removed to early, your cake may fall and you will be sad. Read tips below for more specifics on how to avoid this.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp allspice
- 3 eggs, at room-temperature
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 3 pears, peeled, cored and cut into roughly ½” chunks (both Bosc and d’Anjou work well)
- 4.5 ounces of your favorite dark chocolate, chopped into roughly ½” chunks *see note
- Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9-inch spring-form pan and dust with flour.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
- In a standing mixer, whip eggs until pale and very thick, about 7-10 minutes. Add sugar to eggs and whip until well incorporated, another 2-3 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium heat and cook until milk solids begin to brown, scraping occasionally to cook evenly. Let cool to room temperature.
- When cool, with mixer on low, add flour mixture and butter, alternating between the two, in thirds. Whisk until barely combined, then use a spatula to fold until combined. It is very important not to over-whisk or over-fold the batter or it will lose volume.
- Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with pear and chocolate chunks.
- Bake until golden brown and cake springs bake when lightly pressed, about 40-50 minutes.
- Test with a toothpick or wooden skewer in the center. When removed clean it is done. Let cool and serve with whipped cream.
*I used 1 Theo Nutcracker Brittle and ½ regular dark chocolate bar last time I made this. The little bit of brittle added just the right amount of crunch and the toffee was a perfect complement to the browned butter.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
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