I'm not the greatest fan of chocolate, but this dessert is an exception. Somehow, the grainy texture of pear and chocolate with warm chocolate sauce clinched this deal for me, not to mentioned this was made by Johan himself from the recipe which can be found in Nigella Express.
Ingredients - serves 3-4, measurements are halved from original
1 can pear halves in juice
62.5g plain flour
12.5g cocoa powder
62.5g castor sugar
75g butter plus extra for greasing
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 200 Degrees Celsius and grease a square ovenproof dish with butter
- Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish. 1 can should have 6 halves.
- Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and run it until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency. If you find it too dry, add a tablespoon or two of milk.
- Scoop and spread the batter over the pears and bake for about 30 minutes.
- Let it rest out of the oven for about 5-10 minutes and either scoop or cut into slabs to serve with chocolate sauce.
To make the chocolate sauce, just melt about 40g dark chocolate, 60ml cream, 1/2 tablespoon golden syrup and 1 tablespoon coffee powder dissolve in 1 tablespoon water (optional) in a bowl over a pot of boiling water. You can use this for brownies too.