Pear, hazelnut & chocolate cake

Pear, hazelnut & chocolate cake

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(65 ratings)

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

Easy

Cuts into 8 slices
Moist, fruity pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake - try it warm with cream as a teatime treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal470
  • fat30g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

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

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.

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beckys86
17th Nov, 2013
The flavour combination is great but the texture is not terribly pleasant. I think my pears were a bit big as after over two hours in the oven it still wasn't cooked so i served up a soggy mess so i was a bit disappointed. I would recommend using very small pears and bracing yourself for a long time in the oven if you want to make this.
VonnieMac3
10th Nov, 2013
Made this cake today as I had a bag of pears to use up. It was delicious! I cooked it at 160 degrees and it took exactly one hour and was lovely and moist and not underdone at all! I doubled the quantity of chocolate and put the sliced pears on top in a fan shape which looked beautiful once cooked. I'll definitely be making this again!
mcleigh1a
29th Oct, 2013
Lovely. What a moist delicious cake. Made this with walnuts as I didn't have any hazelnuts, noted the timings commented by others and so cooked it in 1 hour 20 mins - just delicious.
lwickins
10th Oct, 2013
Made this today - worked beautifully. I wanted a cake that would do 12 servings rather than 8, so multiplied everything up by 1.5, used a 23 cm cake tin, and baked for 1 hr 20 mins at the recommended temperature in a fan oven. Used a loose bottom cake tin so no problem with turning out. Used whole hazelnuts (not blanched) and toasted them first to maximise the flavour. Very pleased with the result, tastes very good and lovely texture.
cmbruessel
23rd Feb, 2013
Are there any suggestions as to how to turn this cake into muffins? is it possible? how long would be cooking time be?
sambatchelor
11th Feb, 2013
4.05
This would have been lovely, but I read the reviews on timings and over cooked it. Needs more than an hour, but an hour and a half was too long!
jenpen81
1st Feb, 2013
5.05
I agree with others who say that the cake needs more than an hour in the oven. I had to increase the temperature - cake was ready in 90mins!!! Apart from that, great rich cake. I substituted the hazelnuts with ground almond. Really nice.
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lilybetjoy
20th Jan, 2013
5.05
My boyfriend commented 'This is as good as one of Mum's!' a huge compliment - We love this one! I did however make a few minor changes: I had no self raising and my boyfriend can not eat wheat so I used rye flour and added quarter teaspoons of baking powder and baking soda. I used 150g of butter as 175 seemed rather a lot. Finally. as with some previous posts the cake took an extra 30 mins to cook. Delicious!
julietulip
2nd Jan, 2013
5.05
Rating is 5 stars for flavour! Loved it .... however I did tweak it a little. I didn't have hazelnuts so used ground almonds instead....worked well. I also scattered a few flaked almonds on the top before baking. Added a little texture and made it look very pretty!!!! HOWEVER ... word of warning!!! As well as taking about half an hour longer to cook.....I should have also left it longer to cool! For me, 10 mins in the tin was not long enough, and the cake broke as I turned it out :-(( It still tasted great .....but was a cake of two halves!!!! My top tip ... let it cool a bit longer!!!!
fmcroberts
13th Nov, 2012
3.05
Nice cake, not the best I have tasted, not the worst either. Agree with everyone else it needed to be cooked for much longer, and is more of a dessert than a cake, though the texture is very nice. If I made it again I'd use almonds rather than hazelnuts, for more flavour, or else would add a teaspoon of cinnamon.

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