Chocolate Pear Pudding Cake

Soldiering on through Nigella's book we decided to have the gooey, chocolaty pear dessert that, in my opinion, ranks up there with the Eton Mess as a favorite. One of THE tastiest desserts we've had in awhile.

The desserts in this book are phenomenal but I'm afraid that we may have to give them a break in plowing through this book. For a bit. I have gained weight. Doug has gained weight. The dogs have gained weight....and no matter how I try and justify that some ingredients are low calorie like pears for example....the cup of sugar can't be helpful. AND most of her desserts call for heavy cream.

I love Nigella and her recipes......but I may have to space them out a bit.

Here are the essential ingredients. Stuff you'd most likely have in your pantry.
Get ready for an ooey, gooey, chocolate treat in just 45 minutes after you start!

28 ounces of pear halves in juice

1 cup sugar

¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon flour

¼ cup cocoa

10 tablespoons soft butter

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Ready.... this is so easy.

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8 ½ inch square ovenproof dish.

Step 2 – Drain pears and arrange in base of the greased dish.

Step 3 – Put all remaining ingredients in a processor and blitz until you have a batter. I don’t have a large processor and just used a hand mixer. Worked fine!

Step 4 – Spread batter over pears and bake in oven for 30 minutes.

The smell of warm sugary chocolate was amazing. It was hard to let it sit 5 minutes.

Step 5 – Let stand 5 or 10 minutes and cut. Look at's oozing chocolatly goodness and I assure you, melts in your mouth.

The recipe suggests you serve with chocolate sauce but we used Kahlua one night. Another night we used ice cream on the side.

Nigella Express
Store cupboard SOS section, Page 373


Wandering Coyote said...

I made this for my family when I was doing the review for the book. It was an enormous hit! I should make it again soon, in fact.

Janel said...

I've never really liked the "gritty" texture in pears, but this sounds good enough to give them another try. Especially with the Kahlua!

Le laquet said...

I bet Mary Margaret is gutted she's gone already. Pears, chocolate and ice-cream ... is there a better combo? It's like a Poire belle Hélène in cake form and that's pretty much my favorite ice-cream sundae!

Donna-FFW said...

MMMM.. chocolate and pears, divine! This looks like a winner, I love cooking with pears!

Pierce said...

WC - You should make this again. Not only deadly easy, so good. No wonder I'm putting pounds on!

Janel - Anything is better with kahlua....but I didn't get the gritty taste like you would from fresh pears. Promise!

Jo - I have not had Poire belle Helene. Well, maybe an americanized version if it's like ice cream cake.

Donna - Your kids will love it too. Hey, did you ever buy a shower head? :)

Le laquet said...

Not quite T, it's vanilla ice-cream, vanilla poached (or if all else fails tinned) pears and hot dark chocolate sauce - honestly divine!

Betty C. said...

Chocolate and pears are such a great combination. Have you ever tried a chocolate-pear crumble? Yum...

Anonymous said...

Chocolate and pears sound awesome together! Great cake!

Carole said...

Chocolate, pears,... Perfection. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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