GT party hamper

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Dark chocolate, pear and pistachio cake

You'll need

200 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped 70 gm (¾ cup) pistachio kernels, plus extra to serve 150 gm softened butter 150 gm caster sugar 3 eggs 150 gm (1 cup) plain flour, sieved 1 tsp baking powder 1 Packham pear, cored and coarsely chopped   Chocolate ganache 150 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped 150 ml pouring cream


  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Process chocolate and pistachios in a food processor until coarse crumbs form, set aside. Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, beating until well combined, then stir in flour and baking powder. Stir through pistachio and chocolate mixture, then pear, pour into a 22cm-diameter springform cake tin greased and lined with baking paper. Bake until an inserted skewer withdraws clean (30-40 minutes), cool in tin for 10 minutes, turn out and cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for chocolate ganache, place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside. Heat cream in a saucepan over medium heat to just below boiling, add to chocolate, stand until chocolate melts (3-5 minutes), then stir until smooth, set aside until slightly thickened (5-10 minutes). Smooth over top and sides of cake, scatter with pistachios, set aside to set (20-30 minutes), then serve. Cake will keep, stored in an airtighter container, for 3 days.
This recipe is from the April 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“I adore the dark chocolate, pear and pistachio cake at Tartine in Armadale. Please would you get the recipe? I’d love to make this at home.”
Emily Ispanovic, Forest Hill, Vic

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At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people

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