Pear and chocolate crumb cake (or, how can you buy a house?)

number one

pears and chocolates and crumbs and cake.

from the looks of the picture the pears have really sunken down. but i cant speak to that. i also cant speak to where the chocolate has gone. or where the bees have gone. or why the birds have gone crazy. i can speak to this being possibly the best cake i ever made. here is how i did it. for prosperity.

for the ‘crumb’. ugh.

1.5 cups plain flour

1.5 cups brown sugar

1.5 tsp bak_pow


150-200g butter melted


for the cake

3 eggs

135 ml soured cream


185g plain flour

150g sugar

3g baking soda

2g baking powder


115g softened butter

3 pears, peeled and cored and chopped into edible pieces

a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips (optional…clearly, because where even did they go?)


oven to 175 degrees. grease a 22-23cm cake tin.


to make le crumb: mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. i use more salt than is probably normal. like enough that when you eat it, it tastes quite salty. then pour in melted butter. i always melt 200g but usually only need 150. it just needs to be crumb-y. but the more butter you can get in, the better. obvs.

to make the cake: whisk eggs, sour cream and vanilla til combined. in a separate bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powders and sodas and salt to combine. then add the SOFTENED butter and mix to combine. (this bit is weird – i thought it wouldnt work because it sort of didnt mix in but once i added the wet it was fine. or, as snow would say, it will all come out in the wash). then add the wet stuff and mix until smooth. (seriously, mine wasnt even that smooth and my inside voice was saying it was going to fail but it didnt. what do we learn from that? nothing.) then fold in the chopped pear and chocolate).

Pour (?) into greased tin (mine was more of a dollop than a pour) and bake for 50-65 mins. i baked it for a GOOD 65. and it was good.

even from blurry from above. love and lemons x




3 Responses to “Pear and chocolate crumb cake (or, how can you buy a house?)”

  1. 1 Joy July 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Welcome back!!! Sounds delicious. If only some had made it to 3C…

  2. 2 schlepseleh July 17, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Smoooo! apologies. next time we travel to 3c. how did you even know this thing was on? your loyalty is unparalleled. while i have you here you should know i made a carrot cake from the e-cookbook you compiled and it was a delight.x

  3. 3 oj July 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    she returns!

    a slow, solitary clap, building to thunderous applause, from all of us.

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