24 January 2014

Nigella Lawson Chocolate and Pear Pudding

I'm most certainly no Delia in the kitchen I can assure you so upon those rare instances when I fancy putting something together I tend to resort to recipes online; I could never in a million years put together one myself. Seeing as this is a beauty and fashion blog which also claims to provide lifestyle posts as well I did feel as though I was lacking in that area therefore I wanted to try and balance it out a bit. I hope nobody minds reading something a little bit different here today, I promise normal business will be resumed soon.

Back in August last year (yes it has taken me this long to put this post up) I decided to bake a cake, that cake for my once in a year adventure in the kitchen was the Nigella Lawson Chocolate and Pear Pudding. The gorgeous Nigella calls it a pudding which I guess strictly speaking it is however I'll be calling it a cake throughout this post because that's how I roll.

For this you will need:

 830 grams pear halves in juice (2 cans)
  • 125 grams plain flour
  • 25 grams cocoa powder
  • 125 grams caster sugar
  • 150 grams soft butter (plus extra for greasing)
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • large eggs
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
All you need to do is firstly preheat your oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6/400ºF and then grease an oven proof tin with some butter. The instructions said a 22cm tin but to be honest I didn't even check and just used what I had to hand. Like I said, I'm no cook!

Next I had to drain the pears out of the juice and then place them onto the now prepared tin. You can see above I placed them with various spaces in between. Once all the ingredients have been mixed together either by hand or with a food processor it can then be poured onto the top of the pears. Try to ensure that the mixture on top is relatively even so that you get an even bake across.

Once that is done just pop it into the oven for 30 minutes, once cooked leave it to stand for five minutes. Turning it upside down will reveal all of the pear pieces in the cake, I quite like this effect but you don't have to do that bit. Once the cake has cooled you can then proceed to cut it into as many pieces as you like, this particular recipe serves nine. You can serve this with a variety of things such as chocolate sauce, ice cream perhaps? I chose to put a few simple raspberries with mine as it was still summer time when I made this and they were super tasty.

This is such a quick and easy cake to make as it takes only 30 minutes in the oven and has very little preparation involved. It tasted divine it really did, I'm already wanting to make it again now I've got to the end of this post. I have to say from somebody who hardly ever cooks things from scratch I was super pleased with this; it really has made me want to start making more things like this by myself.

Seeing as I made this over four months ago please forgive me for lack of detail, the full low down on how to make it is on the link above which is also where I gained instruction from in order to make it myself.

Please note that this was not my recipe, it was put together by the wonderful Nigella Lawson. Let me know if you would like to see more of these types of posts in the future.



  1. This looks delicious! I would love to see more recipes on your blog.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  2. Yum yum!!! Chocolate and pear, what an interesting combination! Yes, keep the lifestyle/food posts coming! :) x

    Olivia http://www.beautyfromthefjord.co.uk xxx

  3. It was so good Celina, honestly it has been one of the nicest cakes I've ever eaten. Yay I'm so pleased as I did enjoy doing it, I'll have a look online as to what to attempt next :) xx

  4. I know, I thought the same when I first saw the recipe but seeing as I love chocolate and pears are one of my favourite fruits I thought I would try this one; it turned out great. I'm so pleased that you would like to see more, thank you xx

  5. Oh wow, this looks absolutely delicious!

    LaaLaa xo | Dolce Vanity

  6. I love Nigella - I'm literally obsessed with her, she's stunning!! This sounds amazing, chocolate and pears are always a good combination :)

    Jess xo

  7. Yes she is extremely pretty. The combination works so well, trust me :) xx

  8. Thank you! I'm so glad you liked this post as I felt a bit unsure in regards to posting it as it was so different. This really did taste good, I recommend trying it :) xx

  9. I'm saving this recipe - we have pear trees and always run out of ideas to use them up in the autumn. Thanks for sharing!

  10. You have to let me know if you make it! :) xx

  11. I love reading recipe/cooking posts at the moment. I tried to make macarons last night and failed miserably, I suck in the kitchen haha. These sound and look amazing!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  12. I saw you tweet about those! You're braver than me as I could never attempt them. This cake was delicious! xx

  13. Ooh this looks so yummy, I've never seen a pear and chocolate recipe before I love fruit in cake though I make apple cake all the time I bet this tasted so yummy with a chocolate sponge :D I love posts like this although I'm a skincare beauty addict I'm also a huge foodie too :D x



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