2ripe pearsBartlett or Anjou, peeled, cored and quartered
1/2cupvanilla ice creamoptional
Preheat oven to 425°. Line the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Melt chocolate with butter in a large bowl set over hot (not boiling) water. Remove from heat and whisk in egg yolks and flour. In a separate, clean bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Add sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Fold one-fourth of egg whites into chocolate mixture, then fold in the rest. Scrape into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes exactly. Cool. Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight.
At least 1 hour before serving, remove cake from refrigerator, remove outer ring, and invert onto a plate, removing parchment paper. Using a fine strainer, dust top with cocoa until nicely coated.
Preheat oven to 450°. Combine ginger, allspice, and sugar. Gently toss with pears. Melt butter in an ovenproof pan over medium heat. Add pears and cook until lightly browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Turn pears cut sides up. Transfer to oven and roast until tender, about 7 minutes.
To serve: Warm a sharp knife with hot water; dry. Cut cake slivers with warm knife and transfer to dessert plates. Add two warm pear quarters and add a small scoop of ice cream, if desired. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Chocolate Rapture with Roasted Pears
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 34g11%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.