If there’s one thing we love at kikki.K, it’s cooking treats for the ones we love – and ourselves, of course! So, what’s our favourite baked dessert this season? This heartwarming Pear and Ginger Cake we discovered on taste.com.au. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and comforting, with subtle ginger and cinnamon spice that partners perfectly with a cup of tea on a cold winter’s day. Mmmm… definitely one for the Recipe Folder!
Give this delicious recipe a try for yourself (it’s great served warm with Greek yoghurt too!). And always remember, enjoying meals and delicious bites around a table filled with conversation, laughs and good times are moments that should always be treasured. Enjoy!
- 750ml (3 cups) water
- 215g (1 cup) caster sugar
- 1 lemon, rind peeled, juiced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 pears, peeled, halved
- 225g (1½ cups) self-raising flour, sifted
- 200g (1 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
- 1 ½ tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 150g butter, melted, cooled
- 3 eggs, lightly whisked
- 60ml (¼ cup) milk
- Apricot jam, warmed, to brush
1| Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line the base and side of a round 20cm (base measurement) cake pan with non-stick baking paper.
2| Place water, caster sugar, lemon rind and juice, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan over medium heat and stir for 2-3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Add peeled and halved pears. Cover surface with non-stick baking paper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the pears are tender. Transfer pears to a plate. Set aside to cool completely. Core the pears then thinly slice, leaving the stem end intact.
3| Meanwhile, combine the flour, brown sugar, ginger and ground cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk in butter, egg and milk. Pour into lined cake tin.
4| Arrange the pear on top of the cake. Bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool before turning onto a serving plate.
Note: Don’t worry if your pears on top sink a little while cooking – ours did too! Your cake will still be delicious with juicy pears within it. Yum!
5| Brush with warmed apricot jam. Now, all that’s left to do is enjoy this delicious treat with friends, and add it to your Recipe Folder!
6| Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a lovely cup of tea!