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Poached Pear Chocolate Cake

4.67 from 3 votes


For the poached pears

For the loaf

  • 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream

For the ganache

  • 8 ounces Dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut in cubes)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch kosher salt


For the pears and loaf

  • Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Reduce to a simmer and add the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the sugar.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, add the pears and bring back up to a boil. Then, reduce to a simmer and allow the pears to simmer for 20 minutes, beginning to check their doneness at the 15-minute mark. Pears will be fork tender when done. Carefully remove them from the pot and allow them to drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside as you mix the cake.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Grease a loaf pan with butter or non-stick spray. Line the pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix to combine.
  • In another bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and mix to combine. Add eggs one at a time.
  • Add half the flour mixture. Then, add the milk and sour cream, and beat again until fully combined. Add remaining flour mixture. Using a wooden spoon, mix until just combined.
  • Line the bottom of the pan with a quarter cup of the batter. Place the pears, standing upright in the pan, an even distance apart.
  • Carefully pour the remaining batter around the pears.
  • Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan.
  • Remove from tin. Pour ganache (instructions below) on top. Slice and serve.

For the ganache

  • Place chocolate and vanilla in a bowl and set aside.
  • Place cream, butter, sugar, and salt in a saucepan and simmer over low heat.
  • Once everything is melted and combined, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate and vanilla.
  • Let cool and allow to thicken for one hour.
  • Pour over cooled cake and allow to set before serving.


Course: Dessert
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