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Chocolate Cake with Pears and Hazelnuts

This cake is prepared in a food processor since the first step is to grind the nuts, once the batter is formed transfer it to a bowl to fold in the pears and chocolate. The cake has a nice light batter and is a winning combination of flavors.

Convection (True Convection)

This cake is prepared in a food processor since the first step is to grind the hazelnuts, once the batter is formed transfer it to a bowl to fold in the pears and chocolate. 

Larissa Taboryski



1 - cup all purpose flour

1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder

½  - teaspoon salt

½ - cup hazelnuts (or substitute pecans or walnuts)

6 - ounces cold unsalted butter cut into small chunks

⅔ - cup light brown sugar

2 - eggs

¼ - cup dark chocolate chopped into small pieces

4 - small pears, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces

Heat the oven to 300 degrees Convection.

Butter an 8” cake pan and line the bottom with paper.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor to a fine meal.

Add the flour mixture and pulse to combine.

Add the butter and pulse until fine crumbs form.

Add the sugar and eggs and mix briefly to combine.

Transfer the batter to a bowl and fold in the  chocolate and half of the pears. Spread the batter into the prepared cake pan and top with the remaining pears. Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until the tester comes out clean.


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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots

Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.  

In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.

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1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs

1 - bunch fresh sage leaves

¾ - cup olive oil

1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks

2 - cups tangerine juice

2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed

2  - cups, packed light brown sugar

1 - cup water

½ - teaspoon whole cloves

2 - cinnamon sticks

1 ½ - lbs baby carrots

Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.

Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. 

Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep. 

Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.

Bake for 2 hours.


Combine the  butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.  

Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.

Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.

Serves 12

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