Pear, Lime and Chocolate Cake

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Pear, lime and chocolate, not your normal trio of flavours, but gee, do they work! This cake is SO easy, so tasty, gooey and makes a great afternoon tea, or would be even better as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream! The flavours are also enhanced the following day, so if you can restrain yourself, save some for the next day.

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The pine nuts are an unlikely inclusion, but only because I decided the cake needed some crunch and they were the only nuts I had at the time, and they actually work really, really well. When I was eating this the other day, I thought that next time I would add some ginger – either ~1/2-1 tsp of ground ginger or ~1tbs of finely chopped glace ginger, which I think would complement the pear, the lime and the chocolate really well, so consider that addition if ginger is your thing.

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I have used wholemeal flour as I like to add some extra fibre to my cakes (when it works), but white flour will work just as well too.

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If you have a food processor, and wish to give your arm a rest, place the first 6 ingredients into the food processor and blend until it all comes together. I do have one, but this time I just mixed everything together with a wooden spoon – yes, i ended up with a sore arm, but less dishes to do!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup wholemeal plain flour
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled and chopped
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tbs shredded coconut for topping

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease or line a small loaf tin.
  2. If you have a food processor, place butter, eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into food processor and blend until it comes together. If you don’t have a food processor, place the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix together with wooden spoon.
  3. To toast pine nuts, heat a small frypan over medium heat and toast, stirring until brown.
  4. Add chocolate, pear, lime, nuts, seeds and mix to combine.
  5. Pour mixture into a loaf tin, sprinkle with coconut and cook for ~1 hour.
  6. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm or cold.

2 thoughts on “Pear, Lime and Chocolate Cake”

  1. Made this loaf this afternoon for visitors. It is so easy and I added 2 tbsp naked ginger (chopped). It was absolutely scrumptious. Do try it. It will be a fave!!!!

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