death by chocolate, with a side of pear

The tarte tatin dish I reviewed for CSN Stores has changed my (baking) life. It came with a little recipe book, and I’ve been obsessed with trying all of the different dishes. They’re ALL awesome. One of my roommates told me this was the best chocolate dessert she had ever tasted. EVER. I beamed with pride, and then noted that she mustn’t have had many chocolate desserts. But it is fairly fabulous, and actually very easy. I’ll definitely be making it again soon.

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!


Ginny said...

omGOSH. this looks AMAZING. i can only imagine what it smells like... and gosh--with pears????? you must be in heaven over there...

sOOO freaking JEALOUS. love love love.

Lauren said...

Uh, *yum*. This is so what my life needs right now. :D

The Book Owl said...

Wow, that looks amazing! Send me some? haha

Lisa said...

That does look delicious. I'm going to have to add this one to the recipe book, too!

Alyce said...

It sounds a little more complicated than I can handle right now, but looks delicious. I love making homemade dishes though, I just have to be in a cooking mood, which I haven't been lately.

I should give this recipe to my MIL - she's a great cook. Then I'd get to eat some of it too. :)

Ryan G said...

That just looks good. But I'm a pear aholic.

Mystica said...

This looks luscious. Thanks

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roisinrecommends said...

Wooo...That looks so lovely and, for want of a better word, choclatey! I try not to eat chocolate anymore, but that last picture makes me want to buy the ingredients on my way home from work this evening!!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh seriously YUM!!!

Darlyn said...

it is so yummilicious!i will try this ;p

carolsnotebook said...

Looks delicious. I may give it a shot thanks to your using ingredients I actually understand and can find.

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