Chocolate Pear Cobbler
Good chocolate is pure comfort food, and with all the pears that have appeared in my life this fall, I wanted to make something delicious with chocolate and pears.
This is Part 2 of the tribute to my coworker who lost her daughter. She would have been two years old in November. We made a meal for the grieving family. For the main course, we made Butternut Bacon Mac n Cheese and for dessert, we chose this chocolate cobbler because dark chocolate raises your seratonin levels and helps brighten your mood. It really is the perfect thing to eat when you feel sad (in moderation, of course).
It is hard to imagine anything more tragic than losing your child, especially at a young age. I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through, but I feel for them and want to send as much positive, healing, loving energy out to them as I can. I hope they can grieve, accept and move on with life and remember their little one with joy. Her life may have been short, but from the stories I’ve heard, she spread sunshine to everyone that knew her. Let that light live on through her memories.
If your pears aren’t super sweet, toss a little sugar in with the pears after you peel and chop them. Mine were so sweet and juicy, they didn’t need any extra sugar.
- 3 - 5 fresh pears, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon dark cocoa powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 square of baker's chocolate, melted
- For the top: Chocolate syrup, for drizzling
- Preheat the oven to 375 F. Spray a 9-inch casserole or equivalent-sized oven-proof bowl with cooking spray (or individual ramekins).
- Peel and chop the pears and set them in a bowl. Toss with vanilla, cover and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in the milk, vanilla, melted butter and chocolate just until mixed.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and "plippity plop" the pears on top. Make sure you pour all the yummy juices on top, too.
- Bake at 375 for 35 - 40 minutes or until the cobbler is golden brown on top and nicely cooked in the middle. (For individual ramekins, bake for about 25 - 30 minutes.) Test the middle of the cobbler with a wooden pick or knife ... it should come out completely clean. If it's not clean, bake 5 minutes longer and test again. I usually bake mine a few minutes longer after it comes out clean, just for good measure. You don't want to under cook this cobbler.
- Serve warm with a little drizzle of chocolate syrup (a little scoop of ice cream on top would be divine too).
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