Chocolate and Pear Pie
Recipe Type: Baking
Serves: 4
Enjoy this fantastic pear and chocolate pie recipe from Valentina Mariani.
  • 85 gms butter + 1 table spoon to grease the tin
  • 85 gms caster sugar + 1 table spoon to coat the tin
  • 85 gms dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 table spoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 85 gms almond meal
  • 3 very ripe pears, peeled, cored and quartered
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  1. Cut a circle of baking paper to fit the base of your spring form pan. Brush the inside of the pan with 1 tbsp of melted butter, then line the base with the baking paper and brush it with more butter. Add 1 tbsp of caster sugar, swirl it around to coat the pan everywhere and remove any excess.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler. When ready, remove it from the heat.
  3. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and keep them aside.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until pale. Add the melted chocolate and almond meal and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the egg whites little by little and gently incorporate them to the mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture in the pan and level it. Arrange the pears over the mixture, cut side down.
  7. Bake in a pre heated oven at 180°C for about 40 minutes or until the pears are soft and the cake is cooked through.
  8. Let it cool down before unmoulding it. When completely cool, dust it with icing sugar.
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