We are thinking to go away this week-end, so, last night I wanted to make some cake which would be easy to take with us and to have as a snack with a coffee or even as a breakfast cake. I had basic ingredients in a cupboard and three ripe pears. Pears and chocolate, chocolate and cardamon, cardamon and pears, these are the classic combinations, so why not to mix them together. This is very easy to make but delicious, light and fragrant everyday cake. Pears give a nice texture and make the cake moist. Serve it still a bit warm with cream or an ice-cream, as a pudding, or let it cool completely and have it as is with coffee or chai latte 🙂
CHOCOLATE PEAR AND CARDAMON CAKE
3 ripe pears, peeled, cored, chopped into chunks
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
150g dark chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
6-7 cardamon seeds, peeled & powdered
(you can opt out the cardamon seeds if you don’t like the taste of cardamon)
1. Preheat the oven to 170C.
2. In one bowl combine together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, powdered cardamon & salt, put aside.
3. In another bowl, place butter and chocolate, melt it, using the microwave or bain-marie method. Stir well to combine butter and chocolate, add sugar and beat well, using mixer. Add eggs, one at the time, beating well in between. Then add in flour mixture, alternating with milk. Make sure it is mixed well before transferring in to the prepared, buttered and lined with the paper tin (I used 20x20cm square one).
4. Carefully distribute the chopped pears on top of the batter and bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry when you insert it in the middle of the cake. Let the cake to cool for about 15 minutes. Dust with icing sugar.