Pistachio and Pear Loaf Cake

A delicious, moist loaf cake with the perfect balance of flavors - pistachios, pears, chocolate chips, cream cheese frosting, and a hint of coffee.

what you'll need
  • 100 g unsalted pistachios
  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp brandy (optional)
  • 150 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g chocolate chips
  • 1 pear
  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 125 ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 3 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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step 1

Place the pistachios onto a baking tray and bake them in an oven preheated to 180ºC (350ºF) for 8 minutes.

step 2

Place the sugar and butter in a food processor, blending on high for four minutes until it becomes fluffy.

step 3

Next, stir in the eggs, vanilla extract, and brandy until all of the ingredients are evenly blended together.

step 4

Carefully sift together the flour and baking powder, then stir them into the mixture until everything is combined.

step 5

Place the roasted pistachios in a food processor and give them two to three pulses - just enough to lightly break them down.

step 6

Cut the pear into bite-sized cubes and add them to a bowl alongside the chocolate chips. Generously sprinkle a tablespoon of flour over them and mix everything gently.

step 7

Blend half of the crushed roasted pistachios into your cake batter and reserve the rest to garnish.

step 8

Gently fold the chocolate chips and pears into the cake batter with a spatula, being careful not to mash up the pears.

step 9

Grease your loaf pan with butter and line it up with parchment paper for a smooth finish.

step 10

Pour the cake batter into the loaf pan and bake it in a heated oven set to 170ºC (340ºF) for 50 minutes.

step 11

Cream Cheese Frosting: To prepare the frosting, combine the mascarpone, double cream, icing sugar, and coffee in a mixer with the whisk attachment. Blend until it reaches desired firmness.

step 12

Using a spatula, evenly spread the cheese frosting on top of the cake and garnish it with the remaining roasted pistachios.

Pistachio and Pear Loaf Cake

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