Chocolate and Pear Sponge

Last weekend I wanted something with chocolate in it and, after a brief search on the internet, I found a recipe for a chocolate and pear sponge. I didn’t have all of the ingredients available so I had to customise the recipe slightly but it still tasted amazing.

If you cook it for just the right amount of time this sponge retains a soft centre and is almost like a fondant or brownie. Plus, it lasted me all week and each time I warmed it up it was still soft and almost as good as the day it was made.

A delightful dessert which is definitely a weekend treat!


200g butter

200g granulated sugar

4 eggs

80g self-raising flour

50g cocoa powder

400g pears, tinned or poached or raw (as long as they are ripe), cut into slices or chunks

100g dark chocolate, broken into rough pieces



  1. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  2. Add the sugar and stir till dissolved.
  3. Whisk the eggs and gradually add them to the butter mixture.
  4. Stir in the flour and cocoa powder then beat it as hard as you can.
  5. Pour into a dish or tin.
  6. Arrange the chopped/sliced/chunky pears on top of the mixture and scatter the broken pieces of chocolate over the pears.
  7. Bake in the oven at 180 C for 25-30 minutes or until a fork comes out relatively clean.
  8. Don’t overbake or you’ll lose the gooey-ness!

Tastes amazing served with ice-cream or chocolate custard. Enjoy!


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