Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mothers Day Special: Chocolate Pear Cake

Mother's Day is upon us!

My cousin Franca with her wonderful mum Roxana.
I wanted to start our Mother's Day special recipes with a homage to my mum's cousin Roxana.  Having lost my own mum some time ago, it is always lovely to wander into a room and find a familiar recipe, stories, laughs and affection from someone who was very dear to my mum, and in turn has become very dear to me.  She is a patient, tireless mother, working hard all day and coming home to look after her family. A modern day mother who manages to keep fighting through the chaos whilst still giving light and love to all around her.  Enjoy this wonderful Chocolate Pear Cake Recipe which she makes so well and always brings wonderfully memories of her Argentine feasts and wonderful times spent together.

Just a warning: this delicious cake is so dangerous - you can't possibly stop at one little piece!!

My aunty Roxana did recommend always making double the recipe below... and now I know why!!  This moist, tasty cake will leave people so happily satisfied. The cake is so light you don't feel like you've eaten anything at all...which is why reaching for that second piece is so very easy!

You can see the live recipe on Cocina de Mama's You Tube channel.

Chocolate Pear Cake


  • 120g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 pears with skin on (chop fine)
  • 2/3 cup of chocolate cut fine
  • icing sugar
  • breadcrumbs

Place butter in a saucepan on a medium heat and when the butter bubbles take from the heat.

Beat the eggs until fluffy.  Place the sugar,  salt, flour, butter and baking powder and mix well.  With a spoon gently fold in the chopped pears and chocolate pieces.

Take a cake dish of your choice of size and shape (I normally make this in a square tin).  Line the tin with butter and breadcrumbs (instead of flour).

Cook for 30mins in a moderate oven (180 degrees) or until cooked through. Lightly dust with some icing sugar and devour at will!


Cocinar, comer y ser feliz,

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