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Dark chocolate, pear and hazelnut cake
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Dark Chocolate, Pear And Hazelnut Cake

Serves 8-10
Author Domestic Gothess

Ingredients

Cake

  • 150 g (5oz) 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 75 g (2.5oz) hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 large ripe pear cored and diced
  • 150 g (½ cup + 2 tbsp) softened butter
  • 150 g (¾ cup) caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150 g (1 + ¼ cups) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Ganache

  • 100 g (3.5oz) 70% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 125 ml (½ cup) double cream
  • roughly chopped hazelnuts to finish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease a deep 20cm/8in round cake tin and line with baking parchment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.