The Retro Mom

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Warm and Cozy Winter Chocolate Pear Cake

pear slice



Pears and chocolate.

Maybe you were imagining a poached pear dipped in dark, glossy chocolate.

Me too. Unfortunately I don’t know how to make that.

But, while shopping at Trader Joes the other day, I did find bags of artisan pears. Now, I don’t exactly know what an “artisan” pear is. It wasn’t a D’Anjou, or a Bartlett. I know pears are pretty neutral in taste, and easy to eat. They are juicy when ripe, and taste delicious. That’s pretty much all I know about pears. But, they looked soooo good, and I wanted to do something with pears – but I didn’t know what.

Buy now, cook later. Sound words to live by. Pears are finicky. They are either rock-hard, or completely ripe and need to be eaten immediately. They also are fragile. They bruise like a peach. And just like that, they were ready. I was not.

Think, think, think………

I had been all over Pinterest seeing beautiful pictures of pear cakes, cheesecakes, pies, tarts, dipped pears, pear upside-down cake, caramelized pear cake, pear filled crepes. Pear everything. I can make none of those things either. But I did  manage this……..

pear cake half

I had seen a few pictures of chocolate pear cakes. I tried. I really did. I don’t think Martha Stewart has anything to worry about.

So drawing heavily on a brownie recipe that I am finessing, I decided to give this try.

Let’s call it Rustic.

Why the title of Warm and Cozy? Well, I have heard on the radio and from friends that this winter is going to be particularly cold – so I am stockpiling recipes now that just scream “comfort food”. You see, I am allergic to cold. Really. So anything I can make that will soothe my frozen soul – wait, that didn’t sound quite right – anything that can mentally comfort me during the winter while my 16 blankets comfort me physically is welcomed into my home. This cake will do nicely.


pear sliceLet’s do this. I guess we can only do this if you have ripe, fresh pears. Go get some pears, wait three or so days, and then let’s do this.

Warm & Cozy Winter Chocolate-Pear Cake

You will need:

2 cups either cashew flour or almond flour, reground if possible

1/2 cup oat flour

1 small jar of organic pear baby food

1/2 cup of cocoa powder (you can use more, or a few squares of dark chocolate to make this even more chocolaty)

3 tsps. baking powder

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla (we use vanilla in glycerin, not alcohol)

1/3 cup oil or butter

1/3 cup sugar

4 ripe pears

Chocolate chips for garnish

Here’s how:

1. Preheat your oven to 350.

2. Peel the pears, and slice thinly, lengthwise.

3. Working quickly so your pears don’t start to turn brown, mix all the ingredients, except the pears, together in a bowl and pour into a pie plate.

4. Top the batter with the pears – however you like. Place chocolate chips, if desired, in the center of the pears for a nice little chocolate flower.

5. Gently place in the oven and bake for 30-35  minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do Not Overbake!

Enjoy this cake warm – it is rich, moist and yummy! I even refrigerated it and heated it up in the microwave again to see if it stayed moist – and it did! I’m sooo happy!

That’s it – so simple!

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