Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Chocolate Cake with Pears

December has arrived incredibly fast with all Christmas decorations, madness of shopping and preparations for festive seasons. Many of us are already planning a Christmas menu, but we all know that it can get a bit tricky when it comes to low carb cakes and puddings. I’ve been thinking what I should bake not only to satisfy my own tastes buds (and don’t go off the meter!), but also to keep my family and friends happy. I decided to go for this rich and moist chocolate cake with aromatic pears. I found a recipe for this cake on one of my favourite baking blogs and adjusted it to diabetic needs a little bit. Omitting flour didn’t do much harm. In fact, I think it made this cake even better. Dense and smooth texture combined with soft pears make a perfect cake to enjoy with cup of good coffee or tea.


For the cake (everything at room temperature):
  • 150 g dark chocolate (I used Tesco 74% Ivory Coast)
  • 120 g butter
  • 100 g xylitol (powdered) plus a little bit for decoration
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 2 tbs. Cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
For the pears:
  • 200 g (about 1 ¼ medium pear)peeled and cut into long strips
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • Bring to boil water with cinnamon and star anise. Add the pears and cook on a very low heat for about 5 minutes. Do not overcook the pears. You want them to be in nice whole pieces. Place aside to cool down.
  • In a large bowl, over simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth.Set aside to cool down a bit.
  • Using electric mixer beat the butter with xylitol until mixture gets light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one, beating continuously.
  • Add the melted chocolate and mix until all nicely combined.
  • Combine ground almond, cocoa and baking powder together. Add it to the chocolate mixture and fold it in gently.
  • Pour the batter into the tin and place the pears in a circle (kind of star shape)and bake for about 30 – 35 minutes (check with the skewer if the cake is ready).
  • Cool it down and dust with powdered xylitol.

Merry Christmas J

Nutritional values:

Whole Cake
1 slice (1/12 of the cake)
101 g
8.5 g

 Source : Adapted from moje wypieki

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