Some weeks ago I returned to have tea at Chez Pauline. Its a beautiful, very french, place. Then, after leaving the place, bought a super spiced tea. Actually it´s an infusion, it don´t contain tea leaves, but rooibos, an African bush, and lots of spices, like cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, and others I don´t remember. I love rooibos, because of it´s lack in caffeine and the other beneficial characteristics.
This cake has this mix of spices and is the cake that my boyfriend calls "The Best". Super tender, moist and aromatic. Of course it goes really well with a tea on the side.
Pear, Chocolate and Rooibos Tea Cake
Pears, 4 small units
Common sugar N°1, 50 g
Tea 1 1/2 tsp
Butter 150 g
Common sugar N°2, 50 g
Brown sugar 125 g
Chocolate 125 g
Flour 170 g
Baking powder (1 tsp small) 3g
Salt 1/2 tsp
- Peel the pears and cut into cubes
- Make a caramel with sugar N°1, until it reaches 170°C
- Place the pears in the caramel and the tea leaves and cook 5 ' until softened a bit
- Remove pears from heat without the juice left in the pan, reserve the juice
- Beat soft butter with both sugars, N°2 and brown sugar
- Add the eggs, one at a time
- Add the melted chocolate
- Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt and add it to the preparation
- In a cake pan (I used a 20x20 cm) at the base put wax paper and then put the cooked pears in a nice way
- Spread carefully the dough, taking care not to move the pears
- Bake in oven at 180°C for 25 '
- When is out of the oven, brush it with the pear juices and cool before serving it with a dollop of whipped cream.
As I always say, you can use other tea, like Earl Grey, or maybe make it without tea and add some spices to your choice.