Pear-walnut brownies

Pear walnut brownie

Every country, every region seems to have its own variations of birthday traditions. To some people receiving birthday wishes before their actual birthday might mean bad luck, while to my granddad wishing a happy birthday the evening before spoke of good manners. It was a must in his presence, but it was also a tradition that died in my family after he passed away.


There is the tradition of putting as many candles on the birthday cake as the person turns years. Wait, some people will put one additional candle on the cake, which is the “candle of life”. A tradition in my family but not in my boyfriend’s. And don’t forget to make a wish after blowing out all the candles, best if you manage to blow out all of them in one breath (and don’t tell anybody your wish otherwise it will not come true).

Pear walnut brownie

Often the person celebrating will be given a birthday cake by family or friends. In Switzerland the birthday person actually is expected to bring something along to work to celebrate his or her birthday with the co-workers, such as a cake, some croissants or some other sweets. Grown up in the tradition that the cake is actually given to the birthday person this custom still feels strange, but it is a tradition I happily “surrender to”. That is the reason why a few weeks back I made two batches of brownies to bring along to work: these quite sweet but nevertheless delicious pear-walnut brownies and a variation with white chocolate, but that’s a different post ;-).

Pear walnut brownie

Pear walnut brownie
inspired by this recipe and the star brownies

Ingredients (for one baking sheet, 30×40 cm):
1.5 kg firm ripe pears
juice of one lemon
250 g butter
350 g semi sweet chocolate
6 eggs (medium size)
350 g sugar
a pinch of salt
pulp of one vanilla pod
350 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
200 g walnut halves

1) Pour lemon juice into a big bowl and fill with water until half full. Cut the pears in quarters, peal them and remove the core. Immediately put the pear quarters into the lemon water. In case the pears are not totally immersed in the lemon water, add more water until they are totally covered.
2) Coarsely chop chocolate and walnut halves separately from each other.
3) Melt butter and chocolate in bain-marie, stirring occasionally.
4) Beat eggs, sugar, vanilla pulp and salt with a hand mixer for 5-7 minutes until they become thick and creamy.
5) Preheat oven to 180 ºC. Line baking sheet (roughly 30×40 cm) with parchment paper.
6) Stir melted chocolate butter mixture into the sugar-egg mixture. Then gradually stir in flour together with baking powder. Add chopped walnuts.
7) Cut pear quarters in thin slices. Spread dough onto a baking sheet and top with sliced pear quarters.
8) Put baking sheet into the middle of the oven and bake at 180 ºC for 25-30 minutes.
9) Take out of oven and let cool.
10) Cut brownies into pieces.

inspiriert von diesem Rezept und den Browniesternen

Zutaten (für ein Blech, 30×40 cm):
1.5 kg feste reife Birnen
Saft einer Zitrone
250 g Butter
350 g Zartbitter Schokolade
6 Eier (M)
350 g Zucker
Prise Salz
Mark einer Vanilleschote
350 g Mehl
2 TL Backpulver
200 g Walnusshälften

1) Zitronensaft in eine grosse Schüssel geben und bis zur Hälfte mit Wasser füllen. Birnen vierteln, schälen und das Kerngehäuse entfernen. Birnenviertel sofort in das Zitronenwasser legen. Sollten die Birnenviertel nicht mit dem Zitronenwasser bedeckt sein, noch Wasser hinzugeben bis sie komplett bedeckt sind.
2) Die Schokolade und Walnüsse getrennt voneinander grob hacken.
3) Schokolade und Butter im Wasserbad unter Rühren schmelzen.
4) Eier, Zucker, Vanillemark und Salz 5-7 Minuten mit dem Handmixer dick und schaumig schlagen.
5) Backofen auf 180 ºC vorheizen. Ein Backblech (ca. 30×40 cm) mit Backpapier auslegen.
6) Die geschmolzene Schokoladenbutter unter die Eier-Zucker Mischung rühren. Anschliessend das Mehl mit dem Backpulver einrühren. Walnussstücke hinzufügen.
7) Birnenviertel in dünne Scheiben schneiden. Den Teig auf dem Backblech verteilen und mit in Scheiben geschnittenen Birnenviertel belegen.
8) Das Backblech in die Mitte des Rohres geben und bei 180 ºC 25-30 Minuten im Backofen backen.
9) Aus dem Backrohr nehmen und abkühlen lassen.
10) Brownies in Stücke schneiden.

  1. Ooh! I’m in love. I love brownies, I love pears, I love walnuts. This combo sounds heavenly. I also love the idea of bringing something to share with others to celebrate your birthday–you don’t have to wait around for someone else to get you something (what if they don’t?!) and you have total control over your birthday treat! I’m loving your blog!

    • Thank you Erika. You are right, that way one has total control over his/her own birthday treat…but what about surprises ;-)