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Ingredients:

  • 5.0 tbsp very strong coffee (John uses espresso)
  • 4.0 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 5 large eggs , separated
  • 1 vanilla pod , split
  • Ingredients FOR THE CHOCOLATE CAKE LAYER
  • 6 firm pears , peeled
  • 2 x 250g tubs mascarpone
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • FOR THE MASCARPONE LAYER
  • 150.0ml marsala
  • 225.0g unsalted butter , plus extra
  • 100.0g dark chocolate , grated
  • 200.0g bar dark chocolate , broken into chunks
  • FOR THE POACHED PEARS
  • TO FINISH
  • 225.0g golden caster sugar

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