I had a few pears sitting in a bowl on top of my microwave that were starting to get a little past their use by date. So what to do? Google recipes for pears! I came up with this one by Rosemary Shrager from Rosemary Shrager’s School for Cooks http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/10563/chocolate-and-pear-torte.
I am a big fan of using what is in the cupboard when I cook, rather than having to go to the supermarket to purchase 10 things (some of which I have never heard of before). I liked this one the minute I came across it because the ingredients are so simple, and I already had them all!
- 150g butter
- 150g dark chocolate
- 4 small eggs, separated
- 150g caster sugar
- 60g self-raising flour
- 2 ripe pears, peeled cored and diced
- Icing sugar for dusting
Preheat oven 180C.
Line the bottom and side of a tin with buttered greaseproof paper.
Cut the pears into small pieces.
Meanwhile, melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Make sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar and mix into the melted chocolate.
Fold chocolate mix in the flour and the diced pears.
Whisk the egg whites and when stiff fold into the mixture.
Pour into a greased 22 cm. loose-bottomed tin, cover with buttered paper and bake for 45 to 50 mins.
Rest in the tin for 15 minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool.
When completely cold, dust with icing sugar.
Notes: I’m a bit lazy when it comes to melting chocolate and butter. I always do it in the microwave, about 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between, and taking it out of the microwave before it is completely melted as the remainder melts as you stir it.