Seasonal Recipes

Dark chocolate, pear and rosemary cake

Make sure the pears you use are ripe but firm, you don't want to use really ripe juicy pears here or they will add too much moisture. I cooked my cake in a bundt cake tin, but its not recommended! This cake is really lovely and soft (almost pudding-like), so best to stop trying to be a fancy pants and just go with a regular round cake tin! (Note to self). 

Serves 8 or more

3/4 cup (105g) fine brown rice flour
3/4 cup (120g) potato starch* see headnotes
1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1 cup (200g) unrefined raw sugar
1/4 cup (25g) ground linseed's (flaxseeds)
1/2 cup (80g) roughly chopped dark chocolate
1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary leaves
a good pinch fine sea salt

3 large ripe but firm pears, peeled
3 large free-range eggs
1 cup (250ml) oil (I used macadamia oil, see headnotes)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate coconut ganache to ice (add a touch more coconut milk this time round to make a thinner ganache), rosemary flowers/leaves and cacao nibs to decorate, optional

Pre-heat oven to 180C. Grease a 23cm cake tin, and line the bottom if using a large round tin.

Sieve flours, cocoa and baking soda into a large bowl. Stir in sugar, ground linseed's, chopped chocolate, rosemary and salt. Grate two of the pears and finely chop the other. Add the chopped pear to the dry ingredients and mix well to coat the pear pieces. Place the grated pear into another bowl and mix in eggs, oil and vanilla. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and pour into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 50-65 minutes, depending on the cake tin used. If you are unsure, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean it's cooked. Remove from the over and set aside to cool. Invert onto a wire rack and cool completely before icing with chocolate ganache. You can decorate with rosemary flowers/leaves and cacao nibs if you like. This cake will happily store airtight for 3 days, or longer in the fridge. Serve at room temperature or warm slightly to serve as a pudding.

Source : My Darling Lemon Thyme