• 150g butter
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¼ cups caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 410g can Wattie’s Pear Quarters in Clear Fruit Juice, drained and cut into small pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 22cm square cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt butter and stir in sifted cocoa until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  3. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until thick and creamy. Fold in cocoa mixture, ground almonds, baking powder and chocolate. Pour into prepared cake tin.
  4. Place the drained and chopped pears over the top and gently press into the mixture.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until cooked. The centre will still be a little gooey and the top firm. Allow to cool in the tin before cutting into pieces. Serve dusted with a little sifted icing sugar.

Top Tips

Replace ground almonds with hazelnuts if wished. If these are hard to find – purchase whole hazelnuts and grind them in a small food processor or coffee grinder.

Made With

Pear Quarters in Clear Fruit Juice

Grown under the sun in the Hawke’s Bay orchards, Wattie’s pears are hand-picked and then packed at the peak of their flavour for natural goodness.

Rate and Review

8 Ratings

Reviews (8)

Rachel's Review | Rating

Would love to try this recipe but we have a nut allergy in the household. Any suggested substitute?

Reply from The Food in a Minute team

Hi Rachel,

You can use ½-¾ cup of flour instead of a cup of ground almonds for a nut-free version.

Hope this helps!

Thanks :)
The Food in a Minute team

Amy's Review | Rating

These are so delicious! Best brownies I've ever had, will definitely be making them again!

julayne's Review | Rating

Made this today and it was an utter flop. Cooked it for the required 35 minutes and it was slightly burnt on the edges - but the middle was totally soggy, from the pears I suspect. What a waste of time and ingredients.

Reply from The Food in a Minute team

Hi Julayne

We're really sorry to hear you had a bad experience with this recipe. The cooking time could be affected by the oven used and also depends on the cake tin - a larger one will require less cooking time. You could also try fan baking the brownie.

Hope this helps!
The Food in a Minute team

Margaret's Review | Rating

I agree not a recipe I would do again. I followed recipe to the exact. I am an experienced food and nutrition teacher. Baking is expensive so you need to have a product that parents will want to do again. One does not mind the expense of it if it can be a successful product. Wascedible but lots of question marks

The Food in a Minute team's Review | Rating

Hi Julayne and Margaret, thank you for your comments. We are really sorry about this, there was a slight error on the recipe. The cooking time is meant to be 35 to 40 minutes. We apologise for this error and have updated the recipe to reflect this. Thank you both so much for picking this up.

Kind Regards
The Food in a Minute team

Sam's Review | Rating

The brownie tasted absolutely amazing. The pears and almonds saved it from being too rich. Unfortunately, it didn't cook in the centre as much as it did on the outside - even after 45 minutes. It was still perfect on the outsides but in the middle it was a bit undercooked, even after cooling. This wasn't the end of the world but i would love to be able to work out how to avoid this. Still tasted incredible!

Reply from The Food in a Minute Team

Hi Sam,

Thanks for your query. This Brownie is very gooey in the middle but it should be cooked. We think it might be something to do with the oven as every oven is different. Our recommendation is to cook the brownie for longer or perhaps move the brownie up to the top shelf on your oven. Hopefully this helps and we're glad you enjoyed the taste! The Wattie's Pears, almonds and choc is such a great combo!

The Food in a Minute Team

Jenna's Review | Rating

Uploaded the photo of the cooked brownie to Facebook it is so good! I cooked the pan of brownies for a little longer as they still seemed too smudgy in the middle so again, it’s about your oven and what you are cooking the brownie in that matters...use your common sense!
If you get it right... man.... they are just GORGEOUS!

kun gray's Rating
Hiedi Goats's Review | Rating

I’ve now made this twice in the last week and given away to friends etc in the community, both times had no problems, but did turn down temp slightly for last 10 mins and covered top with baking paper about half way through, I also just grind up raw almonds for my almond flour. Working night shift and part days make this a quick recipe.