Chocolate Rapture with Roasted Pears
  • 1pound high-quality dark chocolatebittersweet or semisweet, chopped
  • 5ounces unsalted buttercut into small pieces
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 5egg whites
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1tablespoon sugar
  • 1-2tablespoons high-quality unsweetened cocoa powderfor dusting
  • fresh mint sprigsfor garnish
  • 1/4teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2teaspoons maple or natural cane sugar
  • 2 ripe pearsBartlett or Anjou, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1tablespoon butter
  • 1/2cup vanilla ice creamoptional
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Rapture with Roasted Pears
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PER SERVING: 299 cal, 54% fat cal, 20g fat, 12g sat fat, 92mg chol, 4g protein, 34g carb, 5g fiber, 42mg sodium