Pear, hazelnut & chocolate cake

Pear, hazelnut & chocolate cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins - 40 mins Cook: 50 mins - 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8 slices

Moist, fruity pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake - try it warm with cream as a teatime treat

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
470
protein
6g
carbs
47g
fat
30g
saturates
14g
fibre
3g
sugar
18g
salt
0.5g

Ingredients

  • 100g blanched hazelnuts
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 175g butter, cut into small pieces
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 5 small, ripe Conference pears
  • 50g dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 140C/ conventional 160C/gas 3. Butter and line the base of a 20cm round cake tin. Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until fairly fine. Add the flour and mix briefly. Add the butter and pulse until it forms crumbs. Add the sugar and eggs and mix briefly. Peel, core and chop two of the pears. Stir the pears and chocolate lightly into the cake mixture.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top. Peel, core and slice the remaining pears and scatter over the top of the cake. Press down lightly and bake for 50-60 minutes, until firm to the touch. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool on wire rack. Warm the jam and brush over the top. Serve warm or cold.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2003

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rachael199's picture
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The pears I used were far too hard which made it a bit horrible to eat but will try again with much softer pears, the flavour was excellent. Really nice cake recipe thats not overly sweet.

feibybay's picture
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I loved it! It was one of my favourite cakes of all time!

angelfish257's picture
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This cake is gorgeous! Only used 100g of sugar and also used a slighter larger tin - as mixture doesn't rise much meant cake was fairly shallow, but also meant cake was properly cooked after an extra 15mins on top of time stated. It is moist and gorgeous, both cold as cake and warmed up as pudding.

Yorkymum's picture

Made this today as a desert for lunch. Took much longer to cook than stated - more like 1 hour 30mins but was worth the wait - went down a storm and used up some of the nuts/chocolate/fruit that are in excess at this time of year. Served slightly warm with chocolate sauce that I made with the rest of the chocolate and ice cream. Will definitely make again.

elliesmith01's picture
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Manky pears have become a scrummy delight! although, as everyone says... takes twice as long as it says!

ladybugg's picture
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Delicious cake, great combination of hazelnut, chocolate and pear. I omitted the jam and kept in the oven for an extra 10 minutes. It turned out to have just the right amount of moist. Stil a cake but a mosit one. I will definitely repeat this recipe.

missjones's picture
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Really tasty combination but I did think it was a little bit dry. Would try again, even if just because we have so many pears out of the garden and they need using up :)

FlourCoveredGirl's picture
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Really nice flavour, and the top is a delicious hazelnutty crust. There is too much mix for a 20cm tin, which is probably why, after 60 mins at the stated temperature (yes, my oven does run at the proper temperature), the cake was still wet in the middle. 15 mins, and a 10 degree increase, and still it was soggy, but delicious - great flavours, contrasts, and texture (round the edges anyway!). Next time I'll increase the tin size, or temperature.

mother_ship's picture
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Glad I'd read the comments so I knew to expect a longer coking time, found the result so moist it was really more of a pudding than a cake. I think next time I will alter the proportions to have a higher ratio of cake to fruit and a bit more chocolate! ;-)

madkin's picture

Beautiful Cake. Moist, delicious and definitely easy to make. Baking time in our fan oven at 140 took considerably longer.

emilyrose4's picture
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Oh my goodness! Seriously delicious cake here!
Have made this on a variety of occasions, always goes down a treat, although I do agree with everyone else about it taking longer to cook. Make sure the pears are ripe to get the full experience of lushness that this cake embodies!

beatrix's picture
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I forgot to rate this recipe when I made it for the 1st time (over a year ago), and have since made it again. Both times it was DELICIOUS! I found that 5 pears were too many (using ones as small as I could find, 4 was more than enough) and being a chocaholic, I added 125g dark chocolate. It was really good. Make it.

betsyvriend's picture
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Absolutely delicious - agree with other reviewers though; this takes way longer than the recipe suggests. I took it out after 80mins, determined to eat it, and it still wasn't firm in the centre. We ate it anyway, and absolutely loved it. Didn't have any apricot jam but served it warm with Baileys cream! Delectable! Will definitely make this again. Next time I'll chop the pears a little smaller though...

lapinpatricia's picture
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Very tasty, the combination of pears and plain chocolate is wonderful and the ground hazelnuts make it extra luxurious. Needed a lot longer in the oven. Keep checking it.

glorious's picture

This cake is fab and really easy to make. It did take a bit longer in the oven than stated but all ovens vary and cake was worth the wait. We had it for desert last night. (Girls night in) and the rest for breakfast this morn. Soooooooo good

lindabyrne's picture

I made this over the weekend and it was enjoyed by all. It was wonderfully moist however next time I will omit the chocolate I thought the combination of pear and hazlenuts were perfect on their own and would also use less sugar next time.
I also had a bit of an issue with the cooking time and thought it was my oven so I was glad to hear others had the same problem. I also just cooked it for longer and left it in the oven & tin for quite a while before taking it out. Overall, depsite the one or two little issues I thought it was a great recipe, really easy and I will definitely make it again....

jackyspring's picture
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This is an outstanding cake! I put toasted pecans on the top and it was really moreish. I have also used half dark and half milk chocolate and it didnt alter the flavour. Had to cook if for slightly longer than the recipe stated. I made this when I realised the pears were falling off my pear tree and the birds were getting them before us!! I will definatly be making it again.

khitajrah's picture
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I made this to use up the last 5 pears before they went off. It was alright, but neither here nor there. I doubt I'd make it again. I used almonds instead of hazelnuts and cooked it for 55 minutes and it came out fine.

cdunne's picture
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Everyone loved this. Did need a lot longer than stated though - 2 hours total in my case!

jojo69's picture
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This cake was delicious! However, I too felt it needed a lot longer in the oven...almost double the time!

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