Monday, July 7, 2014

Easy Peasy Pear Cake

People tell me all the time that they hate baking because they find it SO hard, with the need for precise measurements and little room for error or improvisation being the main complaints. 

This recipe will ( hopefully) restore your faith in baking. It truly is super easy and rather fun to make. I discovered this recipe one day while watching this video of the delightful Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella in which she demonstrates how simple it really is. 

Pears are still in season at the moment too so grab yourself a big bag of pears ( or apples if you prefer) and get baking.

Easy Peasy Pear Cake
Original recipe by Not Quite Nigella here



ingredients
3/4 cup plain wholemeal flour
3/4 cup self raising flour
3/4 cup caster or superfine sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
125g/4ozs melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
400g/14ozs. pears or apples, chopped into small chunks
2 tablespoons cinnamon or vanilla sugar
Icing sugar to serve (optional)

method
Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line an 20cm/8inch springform tin with greaseproof paper.

Mix both flours, sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in a bowl. Press 3/4 of the mix into the base of the tin. It will be like a sticky, buttery dough. Scatter the diced pears on top. Then place small pieces of the dough on it in a patchwork pattern so that the pear is not entirely covered up.


Next, sprinkle on the sugar and bake for 40-50 minutes. If using a cinnamon with your sugar, your cake will emerge looking quite brown but don't despair it is definitely not burnt. I love cinnamon so I added extra to mine pictured below.


When cooked, allow to cool before slicing as it is rather delicate when warm. Sprinkle some icing sugar on top to make it all pretty (optional). 



Serve as is or for a little indulgence add a big dollop of yogurt, creme fraiche, custard or a delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream.