Treat yourself to the irresistible taste of our juicy, fruity pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake. This delicious treat is a perfect blend of rich chocolate, nutty hazelnuts and juicy pears. The moist texture melts in your mouth while the combination of ingredients creates an explosion of flavor. For an especially decadent experience, we recommend enjoying this cake warm with a dollop of fresh cream. Whether you want to treat yourself to a delicious tea snack or impress your guests with a delicious dessert, this cake is sure to satisfy your cravings.
- 100g blanched hazelnuts
- 140g self-raising flour
- 175g butter, cut into small pieces
- 140g golden powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 5 small, ripe Conference pears
- 50g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- 2 tbsp apricot jam
- Preheat the oven to fan 140°C/fan 160°C/gas 3.
- Grease and line the bottom of a 20 cm diameter round cake tin.
- Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until fairly fine.
- Add the flour and mix briefly.
- Add the butter and chop until crumbs form.
- Add sugar and eggs and mix briefly.
- Peel, core and chop two pears.
- Lightly stir the pears and chocolate into the cake mixture.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Peel, core and slice the remaining pears.
- Spread the sliced pears on the cake.
- Press lightly and bake for 50-60 minutes until firm to the touch.
- Let cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out of the tin and let cool on a wire rack.
- Warm up the jam and spread over it.
- Serve warm or cold.
Equipment and tools
For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- Baking mold (20 cm diameter)
Please note the following allergen information:
- This recipe contains hazelnuts and eggs.
- It may also contain traces of other nuts and gluten.
Storage and leftovers
Once baked, this cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
If there are any leftovers, you can store the cake in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
It is also possible to freeze the cake for later enjoyment. Before freezing, be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in a freezer-safe container. The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw at room temperature before serving.
Health Benefits of Pear, Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake
The combination of pear, hazelnut and chocolate in this cake is not only an irresistible treat for your taste buds but also offers several health benefits. Pears are packed with essential nutrients, while hazelnuts and dark chocolate add a dose of antioxidants to this delicious dessert.
1. Nutrient-rich pears
Pears are an excellent source of fiber, providing about 6 grams per medium fruit. Fiber aids digestion, helps maintain regular bowel movements, and can aid weight control. Pears are also rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that boosts the immune system, promotes collagen production for healthy skin, and improves iron absorption.
2. Heart-healthy hazelnuts
The blanched hazelnuts found in this cake are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which may help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.
3. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate
Adding dark chocolate to this cake not only enhances the flavor but also provides health benefits. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved heart health, reduced inflammation, and improved brain function. Additionally, dark chocolate may help regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
4. Natural sweetener and binding agent: apricot jam
While apricot jam adds a touch of sweetness and flavor to the cake, it also acts as a natural binding agent. In small amounts, apricot jam contributes to the overall texture of the cake without overwhelming the healthy ingredients.
Incorporating the natural benefits of pears, hazelnuts and dark chocolate, this pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake not only satisfies your sweet tooth but also provides essential nutrients and antioxidants. Treat yourself to a guilt-free dessert that nourishes your body and pampers your taste buds at the same time!