Chocolate pear cakesRecipe and photography by Jennifer Bartoli
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 2 tbsp of lightly packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp of cake flour
- 1 good pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tsp of cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp of baking powder
- 1 tbsp of milk
- 2 pears
1 Preheat your oven to 350F. Add the softened butter and sugar to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until just incorporated. Using a small whisk, whisk in the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Add the flour mixture to the butter batter in small batches, whisking the mixture until homogeneous. Whisk in the milk.
2 Peel the pears making sure to leave the steam intact. Using a small knife or melon baller, carefully scoop out the core of the pear leaving the pear intact. Ladle the batter evenly into 2 individual ramekins. Form a well in the middle of the batter with the back of a spoon and place the pear inside the well. Gently press down so that the batter settles around the pear.
3 Bake for 20 minutes or until the top of the batter is set. The inside of the batter will be gooey so the toothpick test will not be a good indication here. Let the cakes cool and serve with chocolate ganache.
About Jennifer Bartoli A recipe developer, writer and photographer, Jennifer is also the author of the foodie blog Chocolate Shavings. Pretty pictures and mouthwatering recipes are what make Jennifer's blog a daily visit.