“You know what I love about cooking? … I love that after a day when nothing is sure—and when I say ‘nothing’ I mean nothing!—you can come home and absolutely know that if you add eggs yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. It’s such a comfort”, are the words of Julia Child.

O, how right she was!

On social networks I asked what kind of recipe would you like me to publish next: with chocolate or citrus infused. As if I asked you a rhetorical question. Most of you (but not a total majority) opted for the chocolate dessert.

My friend was coming over for coffee. I was thinking what dessert to make her. I know that she loves pears. And who on the world doesn’t love chocolate. Many people tried the cake (even the Dom Collection team – authors of this web platform – maybe that’s why it is so gorgeous) and all of them described the cake as a perfect blend of a moist chocolate base with a pear which freshens your palate.

OK, I rounded up the compliments a bit, but that’s how it sounded.

Preparation time: 75 minutes


115 g softened butter

190 g brown sugar

100 g crystal sugar

1 egg

235 ml milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

195 g flour

60 g cocoa

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon fine sea or table salt

3 pears

powdered sugar, for dusting


Heat your oven to 160°C. Put parchment paper in the loaf pan.

In a bowl, mix together butter and sugar, add the egg and mix in milk and vanilla extract.

In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add this mixture to the butter mixture and combine.

Transfer the mixture to the pan and insert the pears (previously washed and dried).

Bake for around 70 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Take the cake out and leave it to cool in the pan for around 15 minutes, at which point you can cool it the rest of the way out of the pan. Transfer it on the serving tray and dust with powdered sugar.

I am looking forward to hear your impressions.