Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cranky pear cake

Tossing up to either go for a run/shuffle or clean the oven before I start the day properly. Either way, I'll need a reward so I've made Sticky Pear Gingerbread. Should you wish to ruin all the good work brought about by exercise or give your oven walls an extra layer of neglect, here's the recipe:

125g butter
1/3 cup treacle
1/3 cup golden syrup
2/3 cup brown sugar
1-2/3 cup flour
4 tsps baking powder
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
1-1/4 cups milk
1 egg
2 large or 3 small pears, peeled, cored & diced

  • Pre-heat oven at 170C (bit lower if fan-forced).
  • Heat butter, treacle, golden syrup & sugar until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and ground ginger into a bowl and whisk in treacle mixutre, egg and milk. Fold in pears.
  • Pour into a square or loaf tin and bake for 60-75mins, depending on choice of tin. Cake is cooked when skewer comes out clean.
Don't be put off by the cracks in the top of mine as I was a little lazy about getting it out of the tin and rather than turning it upside down I pulled it out by the underlying baking paper. The pear-cake equivalent of getting out of bed on the wrong side. Would make anyone cranky - or crinkly in this case.

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  1. Sounds delicious... I hope you treated yourself to a big piece

  2. Delicious I'm sure. I shall hunt down some pears. You've reminded me that I promised my small people some gingerbread girls. I had better get onto that instead of catching up on other people's doings!

  3. oh yum, you definitely had me with ginger - pear and cake!

  4. looks and sounds delicious. I love pear in cakes

  5. pear and ginger has warm in winter all over it.

    I could not run or shuffle if my life depended on it.