Chocolate Hazelnut Pear Cake
This Chocolate Hazelnut Pear Cake is a moist and easy cake to make. A fudgey brownie-like Chocolate Cake topped with sliced pears and sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts. The perfect breakfast, tea or dessert cake. There is a delicate sweetness that pears add which balances the richness of the chocolate, creating a very delicious combo. Apple and cinnamon are a famous combo that we all know and love, I thought I would switch this classic combo up with one not as conventional but just as good - pear, chocolate and cardamom. When it is baking in the oven, the smell is pretty heavenly and comforting, it immediately says ‘home’.
Fall season is usually all about apples and pumpkins. In fact a very popular and traditional greek dessert for the fall is a simple apple cake that most greek households know of and love. Everyone’s family has there own version. It’s a fall tradition and a simple cake to accompany tea or coffee. I thought I would switch things up and instead of doing an apple cake or ‘milopita’ i would make a pear cake which is just as simple and delicious.
I went a few steps further and made it a chocolate pear cake and added hazelnuts too. Plus I also made it GF by using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour - traditional but with a twist. This is a flour I always have stocked which takes the guesswork out of GF baking. It’s a special 1-1 blend of gluten free flours, starches and xanthan gum. It’s perfect for quick breads, cookies, brownies and cakes. The fact that it’s a 1-1 baking flour means you can use it as a straight substitute for all purpose flour and get excellent results. It works really well with this recipe. The cake sets up well when baking, it firms up even more as it cools and yet retains its fudgey texture.
The pears get nice and tender, making the cake irresistible and they also add a lovely decorative topping to the cake as well. The hazelnuts don’t only add a nice crunchy texture to the cake, but the sweet and nutty flavours from the hazelnuts work so well with chocolate and pear and cardamom. Having them ground and in the batter accentuates that and adds a little extra body to the batter itself. It’s a very light and naturally sweetened cake with a squidgey like brownie texture. Its not only refined sugar free and egg free making it vegan but its also gluten free if you use a gluten free 1-1 baking flour like Bob’s. It’s perfect served with a dusting of powered sugar and even served with a dollop of crème fraîche or whip cream.
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- 1½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom (increase to 1 tsp if you want extra spice in the cake)
- 2 tbsp ground hazelnuts
- ¾ cup maple
- ⅔ cup cold water
- ⅓ cup coconut oil or olive oil (a neutral oil would work too)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 small pears pealed and cored half of them finely chopped and the other half thin sliced (peeling them is optional)
- ½ cup chopped hazelnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease or line a 9 inch springform cake dish with parchment paper. I like to do both.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, ground hazelnuts, baking soda, salt, and cardamom
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, water, oil, vanilla and vinegar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently Fold in the chopped pears into the cake, then pour the batter into the pan. Top with the remaining pear slices and chopped hazelnuts
- Transfer cake onto baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, until it’s completely set. The top should feel set and springy when touched. Remove it from the oven. Allow it to cool 10-15 min in pan then release it from the springform pan. And slide it off onto cooling rack to cool completely before slicing. Then slice and enjoy
Adapted from The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen