Pear, hazelnut & chocolate cake

Pear, hazelnut & chocolate cake

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(68 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
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  • 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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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!!!
20th Nov, 2013
Delicious! Easy to make in the food processor, delicious to eat and went down well! Took longer to cook but then my oven always does, I just kept doing another 5 mins, then another, then another and so on so it didn't go too far but finally cooked enough in the middle. Like one other comment below I fanned the pears out on the top as thought it would look nicer than diced and it did so will do that again - definitely a family favourite this one and will make again!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
11th Feb, 2013
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!


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