Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Chocolate Pear Pudding Cake

I've grown quite fond of recipes that can be made using pantry items. This Nigella Lawson recipe transforms me into superhero - where I sneak into the kitchen and emerge with a pan of freshly-baked gooey chocolate deliciousness. This cake is a pared down version of a molten cake with some juicy pears nestled underneath a blanket of warm cake. Pears and chocolate do live together in harmony - trust me. go light your ovens!

Chocolate Pear Pudding Cake

1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more, for greasing
2 (14-ounce) cans pear halves, in juice
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease an 8x8 ovenproof dish with butter.

Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the prepared dish. Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.

Spread the batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 or 10 minutes then serve warm.

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