Friday, 7 September 2012

Torta di pere (pear cake)

So i thought i would give a fancy name for what is simply a pear and chocolate cake :) If you like pears, you will particularly enjoy this cake, because it goes really well with the chocolate chunks...





What you will need

1 cup plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder (i would use a little less than this amount)
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs, kept at room temperature
4 ounces (1 stick) of unsalted butter (which in my terms means approximately 113g of butter)
3/4 cup sugar
3 pears, peeled, and diced (I used more pears, the more the merrier for me)
3/4 cup chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips, pieces etc)
*Optional: Lightly whipped cream with touch of almond extract 

Directions to make

1) Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl

2) In a separate bowl, use an electric whisk to whip the eggs on high speed until pale and very thick (This will take around 10 minutes of whisking)

3) Meantime, (this will require multi-tasking), melt the butter in a saucepan until the butter browns and starts smelling nutty (which will take between 6-8 minutes). Once this happens remove from the flame and keep in a warm place

4) Add sugar to the whipped eggs, and whip for a further few minutes. Just as the egg-sugar mixture is starting to lose volume, stop whisking and start stirring

5) Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then half of the melted butter, whilst continuing to stir, and then a 1/3 of flour and remaining butter, then the rest of the flour

6) Whisk until just barely combines (no more than 1 minute from when the flour is first added), then use a spatula to gently fold the batter until the ingredients are combined (it is important to not over-whisk or fold so the mixture does not lose volume)

7) Butter a pan and dust with breadcrumbs (or flour) and pour the mixture into this pan

8) Sprinkle the pears and chocolate chunks over the top and bake until the cake is golden brown and springs back to the touch, or a tester comes out clean (check after 30 minutes)

9) Serve with whipped cream as an option

Cake before going into the oven

Cake after it comes out of the oven

Please give this cake a go, the taste will pleasantly surprise you :)

4 comments:

  1. Mmmmm nosaiba, looks so tasty I gulped :-)
    However I'd like to ask, can we substitute the pear for say strawberries? Cos I'm not that much of a pear can :-) or is it paticularly tasty with pears?

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    1. Hehehe Malane :) you could try strawberries, because they go well with chocolate anyway...but pears become soft and sweet after baking, so they really are yum.

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  2. Islam_poltics_discussion3 December 2012 at 02:17

    Ummmmm I wish I could make this :(

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    1. Why not? Very enjoyable and a tasty treat

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