Bittersweet Chocolate and Pear Cake Recipe

Looking for an easy bittersweet chocolate and pear cake recipe? Learn how to make bittersweet chocolate and pear cake using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by genandtonic

Makes 8 servings



bittersweet chocolate and pear cake

Recipe Ingredients for bittersweet chocolate and pear cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, at room-temperature
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 pears, peeled, in a small dice (I used anjou, but would recommend a softer variety, like a bosc or any other of your favorites)
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate

Recipe Directions for bittersweet chocolate and pear cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and dust with breadcrumbs (I cheated and used flour), set aside.

  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, set aside.

  3. Using a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until pale and very thick. (In a professional Kitchen Aid, it takes at least five minutes; on a home machine, it will take nine minutes to get sufficient volume)

  4. While the eggs are whipping, brown the butter. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan (because it will foam a lot) and cook it until the butter browns and smells nutty (about 6 to 8 minutes). It helps to frequently scrape the solids off the bottom of the pan in the last couple minutes to ensure even browning. Remove from the flame but keep in a warm spot.

  5. Add the sugar to the eggs and whip a few minutes more.

  6. Just as the egg-sugar mixture is starting to loose volume, turn the mixture down to stir, and add the flour mixture and brown butter. Add one third of the flour mixture, then half of the butter, a third of the flour, the remaining butter, and the rest of flour. Whisk until just barely combined ? no more than a minute from when the flour is first added ? and then use a spatula to gently fold the batter until the ingredients are combined. It is very important not to over-whisk or fold the batter or it will lose volume.

  7. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the pear and chocolate chunks over the top, and bake until the cake is golden brown and springs back to the touch, about 40 to 50 minutes [updated, thanks for your responses], or a tester comes out clean.

Categories

Chocolate, Fruits, Dessert, Vegetarian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 161.3g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
386
Calories from Fat
163
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
18.1g
28%
Saturated Fat
11.1g
56%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
104mg
35%
Sodium
194mg
8%
Potassium
384mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates
53.2g
18%
Dietary Fiber
3.4g
14%
Sugars
34.7g
Protein
5.3g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 13% Iron 9%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C+
  Good points
  • Low in sodium
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
  • Very high in sugar
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