Dark Chocolate, Pear And Hazelnut Cake

Autumnal dark chocolate, pear, hazelnut and cinnamon cake with dark chocolate ganacheLately I have been feeling like time has been rushing past me at an unbelievable rate, I’ve been struggling to find enough time to get everything done and I have to admit that I have let things like cleaning the house slide a little as I struggle to fit everything in… I’m not even particularly busy, there are just so many little tasks that all add up into an overwhelming mass and I have been tired and inefficient. I always make sure I find some time to fit in a bit of baking though!

Dark chocolate, pear and hazelnut cake with dark chocolate ganacheI recently came into possession of rather a lot of pears, my parents have a huge pear tree in their garden which had a bumper crop this year; and I have a couple of small trees in mine. I made a big batch of poached pears to use some of them up and have been enjoying them with porridge or pancakes; I still have quite a few left to get through though so I chucked a pear in this cake as well. Autumn really has come into it’s own with apples, pears, blackberries and damsons in abundance; I am just annoyed that I haven’t been able to find any sloes as I am rather partial to sloe gin and wanted to make some to enjoy at Christmas; I shall just have to make blackberry gin instead as I have a freezer full of those!

Dark chocolate, pear, hazelnut and cinnamon cake with dark chocolate ganacheThis dark chocolate, pear and hazelnut cake is very autumnal, with juicy pear, crunchy hazelnuts, indulgent dark chocolate chunks (I used Lindt 70%) and a hint of warm cinnamon, all smothered in Lindt 70% dark chocolate ganache. It goes wonderfully with a cup of tea, but also makes a good pudding as it is so chock full of bits and has a fairly soft, crumbly texture. The dark chocolate means that it is not too sweet, and it has a fairly grown up flavour. Served cold it has a firmer texture, with chunks of chocolate, but I also urge you to try it warm, where the chocolate melts and it becomes soft and gooey and just right for serving with custard…

Dark chocolate, pear, hazelnut and cinnamon cake

If, like me, you have a crop of pears to get through, these are some of the recipes I have been eyeing up to try, Salted Caramel Pear Tarts by Vikalinka, Pear And Ginger Hand Pies With Ginger Caramel Sauce by Supergolden Bakes, Spiced Pear Vodka by Boulder Locavore, Pear And Walnut Foccacia by Seasons And Suppers or Pear And Ginger Tarte Tatin For Two by me.

Chocolate, pear, hazelnut and cinnamon cake with ganache

Dark Chocolate, Pear And Hazelnut Cake
 
Serves 8-10
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Ingredients
Cake
  • 150g (5oz) 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 75g (2.5oz) hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 large ripe pear, cored and diced
  • 150g (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) softened butter
  • 150g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150g (1 + ¼ cups) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
Ganache
  • 100g (3.5oz) 70% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) double cream
  • roughly chopped hazelnuts to finish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease a deep 20cm/8in round cake tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, add a spoonful of the flour if it looks like the mixture is going to split.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, add this to the butter and egg mixture and mix in on a low speed. Fold in the chocolate, hazelnuts and pear.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 40-50 minutes until the cake is firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes or so then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the ganache, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until just boiling then pour it over the chocolate, leave for a couple of minutes then stir until smooth. Pour the ganache over the cake, allowing it to drip over the sides, top with chopped hazelnuts and allow to set before serving.

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48 Comments on Dark Chocolate, Pear And Hazelnut Cake

  1. Annie Allen
    September 30, 2015 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

    oh my god this looks so so delicious! what a great combination of ingredients! i would love this! definitely need to try. x

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Annie πŸ™‚ it is utterly delicious! x

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  2. skd
    September 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Ooh mama!! Are these pages from an international food magazine. The photos are insane..jaw dropping insane. I need to go back and drool at them πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! Thank you πŸ™‚ I was quite pleased with these photos!

      Reply
  3. lucyparissi
    September 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm (2 years ago)

    That looks so, so good. I have been craving cake all day and you making me want to bake right here right now. That glaze is amazing. I think I need to add some more pear recipes to my repertoire!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy πŸ™‚ I often get the uncontrollable urge to bake and have been known to bake at 11pm when I really feel like it! x

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  4. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen
    September 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Pears and chocolate are a marriage made in heaven, your cake is just gorgeous, Hannah! I want a slice (or two) right now, please!! x

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Louise πŸ™‚ x

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  5. vikalinkafood
    September 30, 2015 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh I love this gorgeous cake! You can never EVER go wrong with chocolate and pears!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julia πŸ™‚ yep, it’s a classic combo for a reason! x

      Reply
  6. Julie is Hostess At Heart
    September 30, 2015 at 8:12 pm (2 years ago)

    This is one gorgeous cake! I love love chocolate and hazelnut together and especially dark chocolate.

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:17 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie πŸ™‚ chocolate and hazelnut is one of the best flavour combinations out there, add pear and it’s heavenly!

      Reply
  7. claire
    September 30, 2015 at 8:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Now, these flavours just screamed “VERY Nigel Slater” at me -what with The Kitchen Diaries III just out (and such a joy to own), you’re nang on that vibe. Nicely done.

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    • claire
      September 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm (2 years ago)

      “NANG”?! Sorry: bang on, there, please!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:18 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! That never occurred to me but you are quite right, it is very Nigel Slater! πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:18 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Angela, it is lovely with a cuppa! x

      Reply
  8. Helen at Casa Costello
    October 1, 2015 at 10:34 am (2 years ago)

    Now that’s a good way to use up pears!! Can’t beat a nut & pear combo – Sadly I am not a fan of sloe gin but will be looking out for your blackberry gin! Thanks for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek x

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

      Nope, can’t be beaten, especially when you add chocolate! I LOVE sloe gin and can (far too) easily drink a bottle of it by myself… x

      Reply
  9. Charlotte Oates
    October 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m feeling chilly today so I could just do with a warm slice of this with some custard.

    All I’m seeing at the moment is people blogging about using all the amazing fruit they’ve grown in their garden. I have managed to grow rosemary and sage and that’s it. I really need to sort myself out!

    Thanks for joining #FoodYearLinkup xx

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:22 am (2 years ago)

      I really wish I had more growing, I’ve just got apples, pears and rosemary. My garden is really badly designed and in a state though so it needs a lot of work doing to it before I can plant anything else… It is really satisfying being able to cook with homegrown produce though! x

      Reply
  10. Winnie
    October 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm (2 years ago)

    This cake looks soooooooooooooo DELICIOUS !!
    Fantastic cake and beautiful photos

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:23 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Winnie πŸ™‚

      Reply
  11. Sarah
    October 2, 2015 at 9:01 am (2 years ago)

    This cake is beautiful! I can’t think of a better way to use up pears than to put them in a cake πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:24 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I can think of a lot of ways to use up pears, cake is definitely the best one though!

      Reply
  12. Anita
    October 2, 2015 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    This recipe looks so delicious! Hi, I’m Anita visiting from Foodie Fridiy.

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:24 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  13. Kaila
    October 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

    The chocolate ganache is truly mouthwatering! I love the personal connection to growing pears as well. Any cooking that comes from your heart is always just a bit better. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Kaila πŸ™‚ The ganache came out beautifully shiny! I was very pleased. It is incredibly satisfying cooking with homegrown produce πŸ™‚

      Reply
  14. Arl's World
    October 2, 2015 at 5:31 pm (2 years ago)

    This cake looks delicious!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
    • hannahhossack
      October 3, 2015 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  15. sarahgiebens
    October 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm (2 years ago)

    That is one very delicious and gorgeous cake!

    Reply
  16. Liz
    October 3, 2015 at 11:04 pm (2 years ago)

    What wonderful pictures, and the cake looks delicious as well. I have a bag of pears in the fridge, time for baking!

    Gin is not a favorite, what about blackberry vodka???

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 9:05 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Blackberry vodka would work just as well, though I prefer gin to vodka personally

      Reply
  17. Angela Milnes
    October 6, 2015 at 12:08 am (2 years ago)

    Wow this looks tasty. I’d love to try this..it’s making me hungry just reading about it and im also a hazelnut fan too! Great photos.

    Angela x

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  18. Honest Mum (@HonestMummy)
    October 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Utterly stunning! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    Reply
  19. Divine Spice Box
    October 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow that pic is soooo delicious… making me gain weight just by seeing it. Love the flavour combo too

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  20. Cat
    October 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I haven’t heard of these flavours together before but they sound really tasty and the cake looks beautiful.

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

      They are gorgeous together! It is an utterly delicious cake!

      Reply
  21. My Family Ties
    October 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm (2 years ago)

    This cake looks so delicious! A must try and I have pinned it for later πŸ™‚ #recipeoftheweek

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  22. dishofdailylife
    October 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm (2 years ago)

    What a gorgeous cake! I love the flavor of hazelnuts! I know you shared it last week at #FoodieFriDIY but I got a bit behind. I’m sharing it on my Facebook page later today and sending some foodie love your way! Have a great day!

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    • hannahhossack
      October 22, 2015 at 8:57 am (2 years ago)

      They are my favourite nut πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!

      Reply

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