Breakfast and Brunch, Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

Nicoletta March 15, 2017

Double Chocolate Pear Cake, simple ingredients that work so well together, creating a moist, pillowy cake, with luxurious cocoa and chocolate flavor adding in, the freshness of the pear. A slice is perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or dessert.

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

I might swim against the current but I am liking this spring time change. I know, we lost one hour of sleep the first day, but we gained a lot of daylight. I have never been a night owl, and when the sun sets, I am ready to shut myself away. Daylight, and better, sunlight, are my charge, and I feel I can accomplish much more during the day because the light of the day doesn’t leave us until late. One thing I know is that photographing this Double Chocolate Pear Cake is going to be a lot easier.

 

 

In my family, including cousins, aunts, and uncles, we are all a little “obsessed” with vintage or antique paraphernalia. We all have our favorite antique markets to go, in Rome or further, and if we visit a foreign city, we cannot miss the flea markets and antique stores, always finding something to bring back home. We all have a treasured collection, and our homes reflect our eclectic nature: from my cousin’s vintage rubber toys, my mother’s brooches, my aunt’s porcelain figurines, to my dad’s clocks and my uncle’s watches. They haven’t changed their time yet in Italy, but I can already envision my father and uncle, when the time comes, to meticulously set one hour ahead all the clocks and watches in the house. We have all been gifted antique watches by my uncle, even Loreto, never before a wrist watch owner, but now happily englobed in the family tradition.

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

As food bloggers, more daylight means more time to shoot pictures in natural light, always the best option, when available. For us, it is a game changer, a life savior, especially for those dishes that we cook when Loreto comes back home and that work as a recipe and our dinner. We don’t have a big place, nor a studio with the artificial lights set up and ready to go. We shoot in the dining room, close to a window with the best light and keep the artificial lights in the basement. You can imagine, quite the gear to set up every time. Loreto says he doesn’t mind setting up, he always looks for the positive and says it’s a good work out. He is a solution not complaint kind of guy. Just go with it, he says!

Let’s get to this Double Chocolate Pear Cake!

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

When it is my recipe, I usually bake in the morning so to have time to bake, let it cool and shoot the pictures. But it’s nice to know that I can still bake in the afternoon, like in the case of this Double Chocolate Pear Cake, and have all the time before the sun sets. I actually had one of those, “I need an afternoon snack and it has to involve chocolate” moment. So I decided to whip up something based -as usual- on a little research and adaptation to what I have in my fridge and pantry. Flour, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder, different kinds of chocolate bars, chocolate chips, various types of sugar, dried fruits, and nuts, are a staple in our pantry. From our last trip to the Farmers Market, we had 2 beautiful Conference Pears, and organic free range eggs, plus some coconut milk, and a European-style butter. The batter is pretty easy to put together, I used the stand mixer but it can be done in a bowl with a whisk or a handheld mixer. A good start is to beat the eggs and sugar until nice and frothy. I used a coconut sugar, darker in color and less sweet and refined, but you can use whatever sugar is best for you and even up the dose a bit if you like your sweets to be on the sweeter side. The butter has to be melted and cooled off a little before being incorporated into the batter, with the milk and the vanilla. As for the milk, I actually used the last coconut milk I had and a bit of almond milk to reach the quantity. You can use dairy milk or any non-dairy you like. Then it’s the time to incorporate the dry ingredients, that I sift together. Last to fold in, the cubed pear and mini chocolate chips. I peel and cut the pears at the very end, so that they don’t brown, if done earlier you need to squeeze some lemon juice to prevent it. One pear is cubed, the other is sliced. One will be in the batter, and you will find those juicy morsels blending beautifully with the double chocolate, the other is sliced and arranged on top. The sliced pear on top will stay firm and crunchy even after the baking offering a nice counterpart, together with the slivered almonds, to the overall moistness of the cake.

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

The moistness of this cake is evident as the knife is smeared with the dark chocolate as it makes its way through. The aroma of cocoa lingers and the first bite confirms the delicateness of this wonderful sweet. The pear still somewhat crisp breaks through with its juiciness and paired with the dark chocolate gives us a balance of flavors and diverse in texture, with the slivered almonds offering that crunch, so well welcomed. This cake melts in your mouth and with a tea or smooth coffee can make a break well worth waiting for. If you are in need of that break and chocolate might be your vice, try this wonderfully moist and decadent Double Chocolate Pear Cake. Live a little!

P.s. Thank you to my amazing husband Loreto that surprised me with yet another stunning board that he created and I was eager to use right away!

Song of the day: Coldplay – Clocks.

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 8-10 servings

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

Recipe adapted from Plumcake Pere e Cioccolato

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggs, organic, free range
  • 120 g sugar (we used organic coconut palm sugar)
  • 100 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 130 ml milk (we used organic coconut milk)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 220 g unbleached, all purpose flour
  • 40 g unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp (9 g) baking powder
  • 2 pears (we used Conference pears)
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
  • slivered unbleached almonds
  • icing sugar (optional) for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the eggs and sugar and beat at medium speed until frothy and lighter in color.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwave or bain-.marie and let it cool.
  4. Add the milk, vanilla, and melted butter, beating on slow to incorporate them to the egg mixture.
  5. Add the sifted flour, cocoa, and baking powder, and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Peel the pears, then cube one and slice the other.
  7. Remove from the stand and with a spatula fold in the cubed pear and mini chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan (or any other pan you like) and spread the top evenly with the spatula.
  9. Garnish the top with the sliced pear and slivered almonds.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the sides and center comes out clean.
  11. Let cool on a rack before taking out of the pan.
  12. Once cooled, sprinkle with icing sugar and slice.
  13. Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

Ricetta in Italiano:

Plumcake doppio cioccolato e pere

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 8 -10 persone

Plumcake doppio cioccolato e pere

Ricetta adattata da Plumcake pere e cioccolato

Ingredients

  • 2 uova medie, biologiche, da allevamento a terra
  • 120 g di zucchero (io ho usato zucchero di cocco)
  • 100 g di burro, sciolto e fatto raffreddare
  • 130 ml di latte (io ho usato latte di cocco)
  • 2 cucchiaini di estratto di vaniglia oppure una bustina di vanillina
  • 220 g di farina 00
  • 40 g di cacao amaro in polvere
  • 1 bustina di lievito per dolci
  • 2 pere, una tagliata a cubetti, l'altra a fette
  • una manciata abbondante di mini gocce di cioccolato
  • mandorle in scaglie
  • zucchero a velo per guarnire

Instructions

  1. Pre riscaldare il forno a 180° e imburrare uno stampo da plumcake o foderarlo con carta forno.
  2. In una planetaria sbattere le uova con lo zucchero fino a che siano spumose e chiare.
  3. Sciogliere il burro a bagnomaria oppure al microonde e farlo raffreddare.
  4. Incorporare a filo il latte, la vaniglia e il burro fuso alle uova sbattute.
  5. Aggiungere poi la farina, il cacao amaro e il lievito in polvere (setacciati) e amalgamare bene tutti gli ingredienti.
  6. Aggiungere una pera tagliata a cubetti e le mini gocce di cioccolato e incorporare con una spatola.
  7. Versare l'impasto nello stampo da plumcake e livellare la superficie.
  8. Decorare la superficie con le fette di pera e le scaglie di mandorle.
  9. Infornare e cuocere per circa 40-45 minuti (fare la prova stecco lungo da spiedino).
  10. Lasciare raffreddare nello stampo prima di tirare fuori e spolverare di zucchero a velo.
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Need some more beautiful examples of how well chocolate and pear work together? Here they are:

ROASTED PEAR AND CINNAMON CHOCOLATE CHUNK SCONES

Roasted Pears and Cinnamon Chocolate Scones

CHOCOLATE PEAR MUFFINS

Chocolate Pear Muffins

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16 Comments

  • Reply Julia March 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

    This Cake looks phenomenal! I love that you have substitutions in the blog post too. I haven’t actually ever used coconut sugar but it’s all over the Internet now so I think I should buy it to try.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 15, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thank you Julia! I love this kind of cakes. Luscious, but still not too bad for you 🙂 . Coconut sugar, or better organic coconut palm sugar, is a great alternative. Less sweet than any other counterpart, it lends a beautiful color and flavor to baked goods (I just do not use it when a fine granulated sugar is required, meringues, for example).

  • Reply kravingsfoodadventures March 15, 2017 at 10:49 am

    You had me at double chocolate!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 15, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Thanks! I know, who can resist a double dose of chocolate? 😉

  • Reply The Finer Cookie/Kim March 15, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Looks wonderful. Perfect for this time of year.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Thank you! Yes, we like to incorporate seasonal ingredients, so apples and pears are a good option before the summer fruits will hit the markets.

  • Reply Vicky Chin March 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Lovely cake ! I like the combination of pear and chocolate ! (Well, I like anything with chocolate)
    Yes, it is nice to have more sunlight, especially for photo shooting ! Your pictures look amazing ! Thanks for sharing !

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Thank you Vicky! We love this flavor combination, really! And it’s so nice to finally not having to rush to take pictures before the sun goes down! 🙂

  • Reply Dawn - Girl Heart Food March 16, 2017 at 6:11 am

    That time change was rough!! Amazing what one hour can do to ya! It took me a couple of days to get over that, lol. But, like you, I do like that the days are longer and we get more natural light, which is awesome for taking blog pictures. This cake is stunning, Nicoletta! Double chocolate plus pear? Such a lovely combo and that pear in the top is a fantastic idea! I bet this would be lovely with a nice espresso. Pinned! Have a lovely upcoming weekend!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thank you so much, Dawn! It was nice with the espresso, as I had it in the afternoon, and then in the morning it was also nice with coffee, and after dinner, as dessert. It was gone too fast 🙂 . I just love that the daylight stays with us until 8 p.m. now!

  • Reply annie@ciaochowbambina March 16, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Your description in the final paragraph has my mouth watering! You have a way with words, my friend! This cake is a stunner! To look at and to taste! Brava!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 16, 2017 at 9:33 am

      You’re so sweet Annie, thank you so much! We loved the cake, it was soon gone 🙂 .

  • Reply Liz | Bubble Tea For Dinner March 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Simply gorgeous; and bathed in that sweet, ever-lengthening daylight 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 20, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Thank you! It is a simple beauty, and so good 🙂 !

  • Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After March 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Love the combo of pears and chocolate and your cake is so gorgeous!! I would love this cake for breakfast too. Nothing beats natural light and your photos are always beautiful 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 30, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Thank you, Karrie! I love chocolate anything for breakfast, plus with the addition pf the pear is somewhat healthy, isn’t it? 🙂 .

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