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Pistachio, Chocolate and Pear Loaf

Pistachio, Chocolate and Pear Loaf

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Enjoy this rustic-looking,loaf shaped cake topped with a creamy chocolate ganache. Pear and pistachio pieces add just the right amount of texture to this soft dessert.
By Trisha Jones
pistachio pear loaf cake recipe

Pistachio, Chocolate and Pear Loaf
 
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 200g (7 ounces) dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • 70g (2.5 ounces) pistachios (without shells)
  • 150g (5.3 ounces) soft butter
  • 150g (5.3 ounces) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g (5.3 ounces) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pear, cored and cut into chunks
Ganache
  • 150g (5.3 ounces) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 150 ml (5 fluid ounces) cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C and line a loaf tin with baking paper
  2. Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs individually and fold in thoroughly.
  3. Sieve in the flour and baking powder, and fold until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pounds the pistachios until they are breadcrumb like in texture and add these and the chocolate to the cake mix. Now add the pear and mix thoroughly
  5. Pour the mix into the tin.
  6. Bake for about 25 to 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clear
  7. Allow to cool slightly for a few minutes and remove from baking paper and tin.
  8. Melt the ganache chocolate over a bain marie and stir in the cream gently and until fully mixed.
  9. Pour this over the loaf and decorate with some shelled pistachio.


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