National Baking Week - Pear & Chocolate Cake!


Howdy fellow bakers! Here's the first of our recipes we're sharing this week in celebration of National Baking Week...

Take it away Kath, what are we baking today?

Pear & Chocolate Cake – best served warm with a spoonful of vanilla ice-cream or clotted cream, delicious!

What you'll need:

Loaf tin 20 cm x 10 cm – greased & lined.

Heat oven 180 C fan


The pears...

  • Peel, core & halve 2 conference pears long.
  • Dissolve 200g of golden granulated sugar in 500ml water in a saucepan that allows the pears to sit tightly in the bottom without too much space between
  • Add the zest & juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • Add 1 stick of cinnamon or spice of your choice – star anise, all spice, cloves all work well
  • Poach the pears for about 15 minutes or until tender

The cake...

  • Cream 225g of softened butter with 225g golden caster sugar by hand or in a mixer
  • Weigh 225g self-raising flour
  • Beat 4 eggs & add gradually to the butter and sugar mix with the whisk on a low speed
  • If the mix starts to split add a small amount of the flour and carry on mixing
  • Add the remainder of the flour in small stages using the paddle attachment, without over mixing – this keeps the air in & helps create a light sponge
  • Roughly chop the cooled poached pears & gently fold into the cake mix
  • Fold through 100g of best quality dark chocolate drops
  • Pour mix into lined tin and bake in oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until a metal skewer comes out clean from the centre of the cake

 Cool if you like, or slice & eat straight away :)

I don't know about you but my tummy is rumbling away now! Let us know in the comments below if you do give this a go! We'd love to see your baking snaps :)