Chocolate and Pear Pie Recipe

Recipe

Ingredients: Serves 4

450 g puff pastry (paste), thawed if frozen
75 g unsalted (sweet) butter

 75 g caster (superfine) sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 egg, beaten
150 ml soured (dairy sour) cream
100 g self-raising (self-rising) flour
2.5 ml ground ginger
15 ml cocoa (unsweetened chocolate) powder
25 g ground almonds
410 g can of pear halves, drained, reserving the juice

Method:

Cut the pastry into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Roll out the smaller piece to a 20 cm/8 in round and the larger to a 23 cm/9 in round. Place the smaller round on a dampened baking (cookie) sheet.
Beat together the butter, sugar and all but 10 ml/2 tsp of the egg. Stir in the cream, flour, ginger, cocoa and almonds. Spread over the pastry on the baking sheet, leaving a small border all round. Top with the pear halves. Brush the border with a little of the reserved egg. Place the larger pastry round over the top and press the edges together to seal. Knock up the edge with the back of a knife. Mark the top with a sharp knife in a criss-cross pattern to decorate, then glaze with the remaining beaten egg. Sprinkle with sugar and bake in a preheated oven at 200C/400F/gas mark 6 for about 40 minutes until risen, crisp and golden. Serve warm with the reserved pear juice.


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