My other half is a real chocoholic. I always have to hide chocolate around the house, especially the nice dark one I use for baking as it will just disappear in no time. Over the weekend it was his birthday so there was no excuse. A chocolate cake had to be made to celebrate in style. I added some crushed amaretti biscuits to give it that almondy flavour which goes so well with chocolate and some pears on top made a perfect combination. The cake disappeared very quickly! This is an uncomplicated cake, it does not take too long to prepare, it is rich, moist and a real treat for chocoholics! So go for it if you are into the dark stuff and who isn't?
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 40 minutes
Break the chocolate into pieces, put it in a ceramic bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not get in contact with the water. The chocolate will melt nicely. Then add the butter and stir until it has completely melt.
Put the amaretti in a bag and bash them to reduce them into small crumbs. Put the egg yolks, the flour, the milk, the amaretti, the zest and orange essence and the sugar in a bowl and stir well
Add the chocolate and mix the ingredients well together
Pour the mixture into a greased round baking tin. Peel and cut the pears into halves and lay them onto the mixture with some amaretti biscuits for decoration
Melt the jam with a tbsp of water in a saucepan over a source of heat and stir
Brush the top of the cake with the jam and cook for 40 minutes at 180C