Chocolate Pear & Almond Cake – a healthy decadent treat

Chocolate Pear & Almond Cake – a healthy decadent treat

Anyone knows what a Pi-day is? Anybody?
I didn’t, until yesterday 14th March! Apparently my feeds was all about pie’s – /pai/.
Read on to see what it is about and why a cake recipe is called for! Either way, you’re in for a treat!

Name days are so over guys! Besides official holidays and private occasions, we now talk and celebrate food days: pancake day, pizza day, peanut butter day, popcorn day, liquorice day (must be for the Dutchies 😉) meatless Monday, taco Tuesday, etc and etc. As, a foodie (or in my own terms, a “food-slave”), my social media is flooded with these feeds almost every week.

If you haven’t noticed, now you do! If you have noticed but don’t know what to do on such days or what the heck they are about, this is my advice to you: Don’t ask, don’t resist, just keep calm and eat that food as much as you want on that particular day. Just kidding!

As for me, though I don’t take them serious, the beautiful food creations I see everyday and the storm they stir on those oh-so-often special days actually serve as sources of inspiration, creativity, and motivation to make them wholesome, healthy, and easy-to-make to become part of an everyday meal.

Okay, so long story short: There’s an annual Pi-day on March 14th to celebrate the Greek mathematical symbol as 3-1-4 are the first 3 digits of π (well, I didn’t know either). But of course, the food community caught on the pronunciation and twisted it into a “Pie-day”. As a result, this is the chance for us to go wild on any pie we’re craving!

And to help you do that, I’ve got this delightful pastry-less pie recipe (aka a cake 😊) just for you – Chocolate Pear & Almond Cake. The pear, once baked to perfection, will release its warm sweetness in the soft and tender bits inside the cake and an intense caramelisation in the slices on top of the cake. It is then diffused with the bitterness of the dark chocolate and the nuttiness of almond flour and slivered almond, making it a perfect a decadent yet light mood-warming dessert after dinner or weekend teatime.

As usual, my recipe is a plant-based version of this delicious cake, sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free, making it suitable for almost everyone. Feel free to sub these ingredients with those you have on hands.

Prep time is between 15-20 minutes from washing, cutting, chopping to whipping. Preheat your oven half-way to make sure it’s well heated once your cake is ready for baking

Bake 35mins at 180C then reduce to 175C for another 15mins. Cover the cake with aluminium foil in the last 15 minutes if your chocolate is about to burn. If not, leave uncovered

Baked to perfection! (Yes, we deserve that word!)
Best slice goes to the one who bakes 😉
Look how gooey it is!!!

It is best served warm with a drizzle of maple, agave or honey if wish. For a more extravagant weekend treat, serve with a dollop whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of favourite ice-cream

HAPPY BELATED PI-DAY!!!

Chocolate Pear & Almond Cake – VG, GF, DF
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

This is a decadent yet light and healthy Chocolate Pear & Almond Cake. The pear, once baked to perfection, will release its warm sweetness in the soft and tender bits inside the cake and an intense caramelisation in the slices on top of the cake. It is then diffused with the bitterness of the dark chocolate and the nuttiness of almond flour and slivered almond, making it a perfect a decadent yet light mood-warming dessert after dinner or weekend teatime.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: almond, chocolate cake, dairyfree, glutenfree, healthy cakes, healthy desserts, pear, sugargree, vegan cake, vegan desserts
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 196 kcal
Author: H.P.
Ingredients
8-10 slices
  • For a springform cake tin with diameter 20-22 cm
Fruit and garnish
  • 2-3 Conference pears ~ 400gr, half chopped, half sliced
  • 50-75 gr pure dark chocolate chopped
  • 15-20 gr slivered almond
Dry ingredients
  • 2/3 cup ~ 100gr oat or whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup ~ 50gr fine almond flour. If you don’t have it, just use regular flour and 15-20ml less liquid
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ~ 15gr cacao powder
  • Optional zest of ½ orange for a kick in flavour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground clove
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
Wet ingredients
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar OR lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ~ 300gr banana
  • 1/3 cup ~ 50gr liquid sweetener of choice such as maple syrup, agave, honey
  • 1 flax egg 1tbsp flaxmeal + 4tbsp water OR regular egg
  • 50-75 ml milk of choice I used almond depending on the type of flour you use. Gluten-free flour such as almond absorbs more liquid
  • 10 gr coconut oil melted
  • 75 gr aquafaba liquid from canned chick-pea OR 2 egg whites
  • Optional If you use very dark chocolate, you might want to add 1 tbsp liquid sweetener to the batter
Instructions
Method – 50mins baking
  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. If use flax-egg, mix flaxmeal and water in a small cup and let rest for 5mins
  3. Wash, core and peel the pears
  4. Chop half into chunks and the other half into slices
  5. In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients
  6. In a blender, blend all wet ingredients including the flax egg.
  7. Mix dry into wet ingredients, half at a time
  8. Use a spatula to fold in. Adjust liquid/flour if too thick or too runny
  9. Add in melted coconut oil, chopped pear and ½ amount of the chocolate bits
  10. In another clean bowl, whish aquafaba or egg white until reaching a chopped peak (5-7mins)
  11. Fold in the batter 1/3 at a time until it is well incorporated
  12. Line the cake tin with baking paper, spray with some oil
  13. Pour in the cake batter
  14. Arrange pear slices on top to completely cover the surface
  15. Sprinkle slivered almond and remaining chocolate bits on top
  16. Bake 35mins at 180C then reduce to 175C for another 15mins
  17. Let cool for at least 15mins
Recipe Notes

Method – 50mins baking • Preheat oven to 180C • If use flax-egg, mix flaxmeal and water in a small cup and let rest for 5mins • Wash, core and peel the pears • Chop half into chunks and the other half into slices • In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients • In a blender, blend all wet ingredients including the flax egg. • Mix dry into wet ingredients, half at a time • Use a spatula to fold in. Adjust liquid/flour if too thick or too runny • Add in melted coconut oil, chopped pear and ½ amount of the chocolate bits • In another clean bowl, whish aquafaba or egg white until reaching a chopped peak (5-7mins) • Fold in the batter 1/3 at a time until it is well incorporated • Line the cake tin with baking paper, spray with some oil • Pour in the cake batter • Arrange pear slices on top to completely cover the surface • Sprinkle slivered almond and remaining chocolate bits on top • Bake 35mins at 180C then reduce to 175C for another 15mins • Let cool for at least 15mins

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 77.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.6g 13%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4.1g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 5.8g 12%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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