Chocolate Pear Dessert with Chocolate Ganache
1/4 cup demerara sugar (I used a regular brown sugar)
15-16 oz. can of pear halves, drained
1 cup softened butter, plus 2 tablespoons
1 cup caster/superfine sugar (I used regular granulated sugar)
4 medium size eggs
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 level teaspoons baking powder
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 bag)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon coffee granules
1 tablespoon golden syrup (I used molasses, but corn syrup works too)
3 tablespoons crème fraiche (again, the translation = heavy whipping cream)
Preheat the oven at 160°C/325°F/Gas 3.
Put two tablespoons butter into the tatin dish and place on a low heat to melt it. When melted turn the dish so that the butter coats the sides. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle the demerara/brown sugar evenly over the base and arrange the pear halves (cut side down) in a pattern to fill the base.
Put the softened butter, sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a food processor bowl and process for 30 seconds, scrape down the bowl and process again for 10 seconds. (If you don't have a food processor, put all the ingredients into a bowl and beat until smooth and creamy). Spread this mixture evenly over the pears, taking it right to the edges.
Bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes. The mixture should be well risen and springy to the touch. Leave it to cool for 3-4 minutes before easing round the edge with a knife and inverting onto a serving dish.
Whilst the dessert (cake) is baking, make the sauce. Put the chocolate, butter, coffee granules and syrup into a bowl over a pan of hot water and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and beat in the crème fraiche. Keep warm in the bowl over the hot water, or this sauce can be cooled, when it will thicken, and served like whipped cream.
The sauce can also be made in the microwave. Put all the ingredients (except the cream) into a small microwave bowl. Heat on medium power for 1 - 2 minutes until the chocolate has melted. Beat thoroughly, then beat in the cream or crème fraiche.
My other roommate just wandered by and asked what I was posting about. She wanted to give a testimonial as well. A lot of excitement about this cake, I guess. She said, “Why would you want to eat anything else?” Indeed. Now, go make some of your own!