“This is a cross between Pears Belle Helene and Eve’s Pudding, but the only important thing to remember is that this is easy, quick, very comforting and seems to please absolutely everyone. It’s not hard to ensure you always have what you need in the house to make this. And, for hot days when baked sponge and sauce seems inappropriate, then bear in mind that canned (or bottled) pears and chocolate sauce – with or without vanilla ice cream – make a lovely pudding on their own.” Nigella Lawson
That family that came over the other weekend for lunch were great fodder for the blog. Not only did the Blogher Challenge arise, but also Dutch Angles and also this divine recipe. Originally, it came from Nigella Lawson’s Express Recipes but I have tweaked it a little to make it gluten, dairy and soy-free. I do that a lot. Check out the Remedies & Recipes topic for other “free” recipes.
I cooked this on the weekend for my niece and nephew. I was so caught up in the madness of being a “mother” of four children that I forgot to take a photo of the finished product before it was demolished. We served it with yoghurt for those who could eat dairy. You could change the hazelnut meal to almond meal if you like. I just used what I had in the cupboard. It is also really easy to make “meal” by putting whatever nuts you have in the blender on high until they get to the desired consistency.
What you need:
50g Gluten-free flour
80g Hazelnut meal
30g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (180 for fan forced) and grease a 25cm dish or cake tin.
2. In your mixer, cream the Nuttlex and sugar with the eggs and vanilla.
3. Add the dry ingredients and mix for a minute or so (don’t over mix!)
4. In the bottom of the dish (or tin) arrange the pear pieces. This is a good job for a small child who likes to help bake.
5. Spread the batter over the pears. Top with some nuts or (like us) squish in a few marshmallows!!
6. Bake for 30-40 min. But keep an eye on it. We had our oven up a tad high and burnt the top while the inside was a little liquidy. It was actually good with the inside a tad gooey, but cleaning the burn out of the tin later was not!!