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You'll need

400 gm caster sugar 5 cm piece of ginger, coarsely chopped 4 Packham pears, peeled, halved and cored using a melon baller To serve: pouring cream   Chocolate pastry 105 gm plain flour 50 gm pure icing sugar 50 gm (½ cup) Dutch-processed cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting 60 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped 1 egg   Chocolate filling 100 gm dark chocolate (60% cocoa solids) 100 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped 2 eggs 100 gm caster sugar 80 gm (2/3 cup) plain flour 50 gm (½ cup) Dutch-processed cocoa powder

Method

  • 01
  • For chocolate pastry, pulse flour, icing sugar, cocoa and a pinch of salt in a food processor to combine. Add butter and process until fine crumbs form. Add egg and 1 tbsp water and pulse until dough just comes together. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface, form into a disc, then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour).
  • 02
  • Combine sugar, ginger and 400ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, add pear and cook until soft (5-7 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, remove pear and thickly slice each half lengthways on an angle. Set aside until required.
  • 03
  • Grease eight 9cm-brioche moulds and dust with cocoa. Divide pastry into 8 even pieces and roll each piece to approximately 12cm in diameter. Line moulds with pastry and trim excess. Refrigerate until firm and chilled (about 30 minutes).
  • 04
  • Preheat oven to 190C. Place moulds on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Set aside. Reduce oven to 160C.
  • 05
  • Meanwhile, for chocolate filling, melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar to combine. Add flour and cocoa, whisking to combine, then whisk in chocolate mixture. Using a plastic spatula, fold mixture until smooth and glossy. Divide among moulds and bake until tops begin to appear dry (30-35 minutes). Cool slightly, turn out moulds and serve topped with pear and cream.

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  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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