Chocolate Pear Pudding
830 grams pear halves in juice (2 cans)
125 grams plain flour
25 grams cocoa powder
125 grams caster sugar
150 grams soft butter (plus extra for greasing)
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6/400ºF Fan forced oven 180C and grease a 22cm / 8½ inch square ovenproof dish with butter.
Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish.
Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Let stand out of the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs – I cut 2 down and 2 across to make 9 slices – and serve with chocolate sauce.