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Spiced Pear, Chocolate & Almond Cake

90 min
8

Spice up your dessert craving with this amazing spiced pear, chocolate & almond cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 organic cinnamon quill
  • 4 star anise
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 250g organic raw sugar
  • 750mL water
  • 14 dried pear halves
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 150g organic dark chocolate, melted
  • 200g almond meal
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100g uncrystalised ginger

Methods

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over high heat.
  2. Add the cinnamon quill, star anise and cardamom pods and toast, shaking the pan, for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add 750mL water and 100g raw sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Add dried pear and bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook pears for 30 minutes.
  6. Take off heat and allow to cool in the liquid.
  7. Remove pears from liquid and set them aside.
  8. Allow to cool, strain and set aside until ready to serve.
  9. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a round springform cake tin with baking paper.
  10. In a large bowl, beat the butter and remaining sugar until creamy.
  11. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating until mixture is light and dissolved.
  12. Add the melted chocolate and fold through.
  13. Sift together the almond meal, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla bean powder and add to the butter mixture.
  14. Add the uncrystalised ginger and mix to combine.
  15. In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  16. Gently fold through the chocolate mixture in two batches.
  17. Arrange 6-8 of the pears, cut side down, in the base of the cake tin.
  18. Spoon the cake batter over the top.
  19. Smooth the batter and tap the tin on the bench to ensure it gets between the pears.
  20. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  21. Cool cake in the tin.
  22. Serve with vanilla ice cream, remaining pears and spiced pear syrup.
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