Nigella Lawson is the ultimate cooking courtesan. Her food is what I like to call “courtesan candy”, pleasure positive while titillating the body and brain. It lures you in for a nice and naughty time.
Lawson has a killer dessert with the aphrodisiacs, pear and chocolate that are made into a decadent pudding. It is a delightful dessert to make for brunch or when you want to impress your guests. A dessert this delish is modern courtesan approved for all your food porn needs.
Pears have long been considered aphrodisiac; ever notice how it has the sensuous shape of a female? The shape, texture and the flesh make it an erotic fruit. As for our good friend, chocolate, it releases the same hormone as sex. Score!
Chocolate Pear Pudding
2 x 415g cans pear halves in juice
125g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
125g superfine sugar
150g soft butter, plus extra for greasing
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6 and grease a 22cm square ovenproof dish with butter.
*Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish.
* Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blend until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
*Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
*Let stand out of the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs - and serve with chocolate sauce.