Pear, hazelnut & chocolate cake

Pear, hazelnut & chocolate cake

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(66 ratings)

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


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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  • 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


  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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7th Jun, 2015
Easy, tasteful, amazing cake! Loved it!
28th Nov, 2014
Very tasty after an hour and 10 mins in the oven at 160 deg. Don't have a big food processor so did all the mixing by hand. When it came to rubbing in the butter I was in danger of getting a very buttery mess so added a bit (maybe 20g) extra flour. Only used 3 pears - half in the mix and half sliced and fanned across the top. Didn't bother with the jam as partner was chomping at the bit with cream and fork in hand. Delicious - lots of hazelnut and chocolate flavour.
29th Aug, 2014
Very pleased, simple and easy. Mine cooked 1hr 10mins. Lovely taste and texture. The home grown pears didnt have a strong taste to the cake so apples would work well too. Would make again.
29th Aug, 2014
as everybody else says, it takes way longer than it is written on the recipe, mine took around 1 and half hours. Rather than apricot jam, I have put whipped cream on top of it, it became yummy. I have also added the chocolate more than it says here, which also became great in the end.
15th Feb, 2014
Delicious. I used 3 pears, cooked for 1hr30. Sliced pear thin as not so ripe? All the family loved it from kids to grandparents. I preferred it warm, husband preferred it cold the next day.
11th Jan, 2014
I found the same problem...the cake just didn't cook in the time and at that temperature. Disappointing as its actually the 1st good food recipe I've made which was not a success. It was edible but thats about it for positive comments I have to make about this recipe.
10th Jan, 2014
I made this with just 3 very ripe pears and it was perfect, took 60 minutes to cook.
3rd Jan, 2014
I used tinned pears, and this cake was perfection! It cooked with the specified time/temperature. I reduced the sugar a little, after reading comments below. I also served it warm with cream as suggested and everyone was in heaven -- for me this is the nicest cake I've ever made.
6th Dec, 2013
I tried baking this cake at 140c in my oven and it just sat in a liquid state! it's probably overcooked as I had to put the oven temperature up to 160 and keep it in for ages - liquid dripped from the base of my springform tin - that alerted me to the fact it wasn't cooking! looks ok - proof in the eating!
20th Nov, 2013
Always forget to rate until after I've hit post!!!


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