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  COOKING TIME

About 90 minutes altogether

  MAKES

About 10 – 12 servings

  DIFFICULTY

Fairly easy

  NUTRITION

Treat time!

Pear and Ginger Cake

Pear and Ginger Cake is an old favourite, ginger and pear make excellent bed fellows and the spices make for an excellent Autumnal treat.

 

You can decide to layer the top of the cake with pears, almonds, or just icing sugar! The most important part is the pears in the middle of the cake. This is wonderful with chocolate sauce!

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You will need:

 

 

120 g Self Raising flour

 

 

100 g Plain flour

 

 

1 rounded teaspoon ground ginger

 

 

1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

 

80 g ground almonds

 

 

100 g dark soft brown sugar

 

 

2 rounded (or generous) tablespoons treacle

 

 

3 rounded (or generous) tablespoons golden syrup

 

 

150 g butter

 

 

150 ml milk with 1 large egg beaten into it

 

 

25 g stem ginger, chopped finely

 

 

4 pears – just ripe, peeled, cored and sliced into 6 pieces each

 

 

How to do it

 

 

Preheat the oven to 170ºC, 325ºF, Gas 3

 

 

Grease and line a 23 cm springform baking tin

 

 

Sift the two flours and the spices together and stir in the almonds

 

 

In a pan place the sugar, syrup, treacle, butter and heat gently to melt, stirring

 

 

When the butter mis is melted and combined, remove from the heat

 

 

Make a well of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter mixture, beat well to combine

 

 

Add the milk and egg mixture, beating again

 

 

Stir in the stem ginger

 

 

Put 3/4 of the mixture in the tin and layer your pears on the top then add the rest of the mix.

 

 

Bake for an hour to 1 hour ten minutes

 

 

Allow to cool completely before removing the paper from the cake.

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