Almond Chocolate Cake with Pears

05/12/2016
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"A spectacular cake that`ll pleasantly surprise you with its taste and aroma - try it and you`ll be highly impressed."
Preparation30 min.
Cooking40 min.
Тotal70 min.
Servings6
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Ingredients

  • eggs - 4, large
  • dark chocolate - 7 oz (200 g), high % of cocoa
  • butter - 2/3 cup (150 g)
  • cocoa - 1 tbsp, high % of cocoa
  • almond flour - 2/5 cup (100 g)
  • salt - 1/4 tsp
  • essence - 1/4 tsp (no more than 1 drop if using extract)
  • sugar - 2/5 cup (100 g)
  • pears - 3 - 4, yellow, medium
  • powdered sugar

Preparation

Heat the oven to 356°F (180 °C). Prepare a 10″ (25 cm) baking form, covered with baking paper.

Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Melt the butter with the chocolate in a water bath. Leave it at room temperature a bit to cool, then add the yolks 1 by 1, the cocoa through a sieve, the almond flour, salt and almond extract. Use a spatula, not a mixer. Stir by hand to a nice, smooth, shiny mixture. Leave it aside.

Beat the egg whites to foam in a mixer bowl. Carefully add the sugar in several lots and beat with the mixer on high to obtain a snowy mixture. Carefully add it to the chocolate mixture. Pour the chocolate dough into a cake form.

Peel the pears, remove the cores with a teaspoon and cut the pears into a fan using a sharp knife (don't cut the upper, narrower end). Place them on top of the dough without opening the fan. Bake at 356°F (180 °C) for about 35-40 min.

Let them cool in the oven dish and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours, for the butter to harden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut it into triangular pieces - be sure each slice has a pear.

Source: Home Cooking.

Notes: There's no raising agent or flour in the dough. Instead we're using almond flour in this recipe.

I just tried this cake with pears and decided to put it in the Special Occasions category. It's moist, with a strong chocolate aroma. To my surprise, the pears were soft, yet crunchy, even though they were baked.

PS: After 35-40 min. of baking, a toothpick has to have crumbs on it when you poke it. Don't bake longer than the time listed!find similar recipes here

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