This cake is dedicated to my mum and Ireland
My week in Ireland has already finished, but I feel serene as I saw that both mum and my brother are doing great and are happy. Of course I miss them and won't deny that selfishly I would prefer to have them back here, at 15 minutes vaporetto from me, to be able to see them more frequently for less time... but after all I am a grown up woman! If they are happy, I am happy, and that's about it really!
I told her that I was hoping to see and take some pictures of sheep, and because where we went they were too far for my 50 mm lens (don't ask me why... but I decided to travel only with one lens this time... but I've learned my lesson), she brought me to a nearby field, where I climbed over a fence a went to harass the poor animals, who were actually frightened and were running away from me....
I thought that was so funny! In addition to this... I also learned that one has to be careful when walking in a sheep's field, as it's like a mine camp of pooh! 🙈 🙈 🙈
As for the weather, it was the usual ongoing play of rain and shine. Only one day there was heavy rain, but only for about 20 minutes... so I was rather lucky.
Despite being my mother's birthday, it was she who kept giving me small gifts. The morning I left, she accompanied me to the bus stop and handed over some cash, saying that it wasn't for me but for my husband, to get him a nice bottle of Irish whiskey at the Duty Free.
Anyhow, I didn't get the whiskey at the airport, instead I wrote Vito and he immediately headed to Mascari in Rialto and bought a bottle of 10-year-old Bushmill.
The problem with Irish whiskey, compared to Scottish whiskey, is that it's smoother and much easier to drink... so a lot more dangerous! I used some to soak a couple of pears, and baked this pear and chocolate cake, which turned out nice and moist and really delicious! I know it's not much, but it's dedicated to my mum... to thank her for all she does for me, and hope you will enjoy it too!
PEAR, WHISKEY AND CHOCOLATE CAKE
100 gr 00 flour
130 gr brown sugar
2 free range eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
150 gr dark chocolate
100 gr butter
20 ml milk
whiskey to soak
Peel the pears, slice in thin wedges and soak under whiskey.
Melt chocolate and butter in a water bath and keep aside.
Whisk eggs and sugar, add the flour and cinnamon, add the milk, add the chocolate and butter.
Butter and flour a baking pan, pour part of the mixture, add a layer of pears and repeat.
Bake at 180° for about 35/40 minutes.