Pistachio and Pear Cake with Domes

Pistachio and Pear Cake

This Pistachio and Pear Cake with Domes is a fall cake recipe. The bottom is made with a pistachio dacquoise (taken from a recipe  of Luca Montersino).

Yesterday evening my kids asked me to make something good, delicious. So I’m thinking and thinking and thinking…. I finally decided on this cake!

Pistachio and Pear Cake with Domes

This dessert reminds me of a pear cream, very similar to a pudding, that my aunt made us, nieces and nephews, when we wanted something sweet. Then she would place this “ pear pudding” on a piece of sponge cake it tasted like it came straight from heaven.

Pistachio and Pear Cake with Domes

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Keyword: dacquoise, delicious, dessert, montersino, Pear cream
Servings: 6


Pistachio Dacquoise

  • 200 g egg whites 1 cup
  • 75 g granulated sugar ⅓ cup
  • 187.5 g granulated sugar 6.6 oz
  • 187.5 g pistachios 6.6 oz
  • 50 g flour 00 1.7 oz

Pear Mousse

  • 600 g pears 21.2 oz
  • 40 g granulated sugar 1.4 oz
  • 1 glass Moscato wine
  • 150 ml whipping cream ⅔ cup
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 5 g gelatine sheets 0.17 oz


Pistachio Dacquoise

  • Whip the egg whites with 75 gr. (2.65 oz) of sugar.
  • Chop the pistachios with the remaining sugar 187.5g (6.6 oz)
  • Pour the powder (chopped pistachios and flour) on the whipped egg whites and mix very gently from the bottom up.
  • In a pan covered with baking paper pour the mixture and with the help of a spatula level the layer.
  • Bake at 180°C (356°F) for about 10 minutes.

Pear Mousse

  • Soak the gelatine sheets in cold water for 10-15 minutes
  • Peel the pears, remove the core and cut them in small pieces.
  • Pour them in a pot with the wine and sugar and cook over medium heat at the same time mix them for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heater and with a hand mixer emulsify the mixture.
  • Re-put it on the heater and cook until it is a little bit dry.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • In the meantime, whip the cream, melt the honey in a bain-marie and incorporate the two ingredients to the cooled pear cream.
  • Add the squeezed gelatin and mix.
  • Pour the cream in a rectangular mold and freeze for at least 1-2 hours.


  • Remove the pear mousse from the freezer and leave to cool down for few minutes then place it on the pistachio dacquoise.
  • Garnish with cocoa powder , pistachio and pears domes.. or whatever else you prefer!


Did you make a recipe?
I can’t wait to see your wonderful creations!
Please follow and like us:
icon Follow en US

One thought on “Pistachio and Pear Cake with Domes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Back To Top