Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease an 8 1/2-inch square ovenproof dish with butter.
Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the prepared dish. Put all the remaining ingredients in a processor and blitz until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs - I cut 2 down and 2 across to make nine slices - and serve with chocolate sauce.
Recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson(Copyright 2007, Nigella Express, Hyperion, All Rights Reserved)
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