I have been wanting to try this recipe ever since i saw it on nigella lawson's culinary show Nigela Bites. (i took the picture off of her website) In case you have no time to go explore the website, the above recipe goes as follows:
- 2 x 415g cans pear halves in juice
- 125g plain flour
- 25g cocoa powder (on the show it felt more like she was pouring at least 100g cocoa powder, that's the amount i'm going to use)
- 125g caster sugar
- 150g soft butter, plus extra for greasing
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6 and grease a 22cm square ovenproof dish with butter.
- Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish.
- Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
- Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Let stand out of the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs - I cut 2 down and 2 across to make 9 slices - and serve with chocolate sauce.
I am going to try to finally bake it this afternoon, so be expecting an update later on with pictures.
EDIT (08:18 pm):
First of all, once you get in the kitchen do not forget to start pre heating the oven.
Then get the base buttered (for this amount of pears it's recommended a square base with 22cm, i didn't have one, so i got the closest i had) and acommodate the pears beautifully in it.
Then, i always start by mixing the sugar, the butter and the eggs together (don't forget to break the eggs into a separate bowl just to make sure you don't add a rotten egg in the mix), and then i add the two teaspoons of vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl i mix all the solid ingredients, i actually used about 50g of chocolate instead of the above mentioned 25g, the batter should end up looking shiny and soft. I actually added about 6 teaspoons of the juice of the canned pears, because my batter was starting to get really tough to mix, then, i just pour the mix with the help of a spatula on top of the pears and tried to get some batter into the cracks as well.
Finally it's off to the oven. It needs to stay there at 200º for 30 minutes, i kept mine for about 35-40 min and it turned out ok, you don't want the mix to be as cake like, you want to keep it a little unbaked.
The cake mix is really really good. The pears break the sweetness of the doe. I am going to try doing this with pinneapple next, i really love pinneapple so i'm guessing it is going to be extra tasty :)