Pear Cake with Chocolate Crumbles:
(Original recipe in German: www.wildeisen.ch )
For the crumble:
40g cocoa powder
50g icing sugar
For the cake:
1 vanilla pod
50g corn flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 ripe pears or 12 canned pear halves (I used less)
Mix all the ingredients for the crumble and knead with your fingers until you got a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and put into the refrigerator.
Line a 26cm diameter springform pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 170°C.
Scrape out the vanilla pod and put the seeds and the pod into a pan together with the butter. Melt the butter and then set aside for about 15 minutes.
Beat eggs and sugar with the hand mixer for about 10 minutes until you got a smooth, thick and pale batter. Mix flour, corn flour and baking powder. Combine flour and egg-batter (don't just add all the flour at once, add spoonfuls and combine well). Remove the vanilla pod from the melted butter and mix butter with the dough. Pour the dough into your prepared springform pan. Arrange the pear halves on the dough with the round side up.
Rub the prepared chocolate dough in your fingers and the spread the crumbles on the cake.
Bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool in the springform pan.