Sunday, 24 January 2010

∻ tasty combination

I do love pears and chocolate:
it always seems that pears are either too hard to eat 
or at that soft-but-not-too-soft perfection, all at the same time!
so this recipe is great for using them up and oh so delicious :

you will need :
140g self raising flour
175g butter ~ softened
140g caster sugar
2 large eggs
5 ripe pears
75g chocolate ~ chopped
2 tablespoons apricot jam

preheat oven to 140°c/gas3
then line and grease a 20cm square cake tin
first chop two of your pears into small chunks:
then slice the other three into thin strips :
*I don't peel them as the skin cooks to soft, but I slice around the cores 
then throw those in the bin*
chop the chocolate into various sized chunks :
in a large bowl add the flour, butter,sugar and eggs
and mix until smooth:
*I use an electric whisk for this*
now fold in the chunks of chocolate and pear :
spoon the mixture into your prepared tin and smooth the top:
then arrange your sliced pieces of pear on the top of the mix 
pressing down lightly :
bake for 50~60 minutes until firm to the touch
cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn onto a rack:
warm the apricot jam and brush all over as a golden glaze:

slice: eat: savour: share:

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