Hi, everyone! I’m still on my honeymoon… WOO HOO! My real-life friend and blogger pal Ruthy from Omeletta is here with an amazing chocolate treat that I cannot wait to try once I get back. Hope you enjoy!
Most desserts are best when shared, but some desserts are really made for two people to dig in together with a fork.
Take this Pear, Chocolate and Mascarpone Skillet Cake, for example. Deep dished, with a crusty top and a warm, chocolatey center, it’s perfect for two people to stand over a counter top, forks in hand, eating out of the same dish and talking about their day.
When Mallory first came to me and asked if I would do a guest post while she was away on her honeymoon, I jumped at the chance. I’d always loved Mallory’s blog, but after spending time together in the NYC Food Blogger Meetup Group, I’ve learned what an awesome girl she really is. I love her dry sense of humor and the totally open way she approaches blogging; I love trading tips and ideas whenever we see each other.
The first time I met Mallory, at my first NYC Food Blogger Meetup, was on what has to have been the coldest day of last year- in the coldest neighborhood of the city. Deep in the throes of Lower Manhattan, where the wind whips off of New York Harbor and down cobblestone streets lined with crazy-tall glass buildings, the Financial District is no joke on a wintery day. It was the middle of January, and I remember huddling against a building, out of the wind and clutching my quickly-cooling coffee, scanning my Meetup email for a time reminder. When I finally arrived to the bar, with wild hair and bright pink cheeks, Mallory acted as if I looked totally normal and we immediately bonded over complaints of Foodgawker submission policies. That’s when I knew this chick was cool.
Now that Mallory is getting married, I’m so excited for her! I’ve been lucky enough to be married to my best friend for over four years now; I know how fun and stressful it is to plan a wedding, how annoying it is when he hogs the covers, and how comforting it is to share one dessert with two forks.
This chocolate and mascarpone cake is ridiculously simple; the cast-iron pan finishes the last of the dirty work once the cake is out of the oven, getting that top all crusty so that breaking through into the warm center feels like a small victory. It’s perfect for the cold weather days coming up, and even better when shared with the one you’re starting a life with. Congratulations, Mal!
- 2 cups white flour
- 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- ¾ cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 70g dark chocolate, melted
- 1 pear, cored and sliced very thin
- 1 8” round cast-iron skillet pan
- Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium sized bowl, combine the sugar, mascarpone cheese, butter, vanilla extract and melted chocolate. Whisk together until no lumps remain.
- Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until only just combined.
- Generously butter the bottom and sides of an 8” cast iron pan. Layer the bottom of the pan with slices of pear, then pour half of the batter on top of the pears. Add another layer of pear slices, and top with the remaining batter, smoothing out the top in an even layer.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, then remove from the oven and let sit until cool. The batter of the cake will still be very wet, but it will continue cooking in the pan.
- Serve warm, with powdered sugar or more mascarpone cheese.
Seriously cannot get over this amazing combination of flavors! Dont forget to check out Ruthy’s blog, Omeletta and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Ruthy is also an expecting mama, so be sure to wish her well! :)’
And if you’re in NYC and are interested in joining the Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup group, sign up here!
Happy Eating 🙂
mally (and Ruthy!)