Tuesday 17 November 2015

Pear, ginger and cardamon loaf

This is a perfect recipe for this time of year, slight spicing adds a warming note to this delicious bake, great served with a steaming mug of tea after a wild and windy walk, but also great as a pudding cake served with custard.

This loaf cake isn't going to win any prizes in the beauty stakes but is definitely a prize winner in the flavour stakes, I just love the moist fruity pear chunks and the crunch of the flaked almonds. It does have the habit of swallowing the pears and almonds into the cake but I still love it, its frugal too as it a good recipe to use up pears that are starting to become overripe. I am using British Conference pears here which have a great flavour, they aren't in season very long so make good use of them while you can.

So go on embrace the season and create a beautiful warm spicy fug in your kitchen as a perfect antidote to the weather outside, the Danish have a word for it Hygge, give it a try......

What you need
  • 175g softened butter or quality vegetable margarine
  • 1 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 3 conference pears - peeled, cored and cut into 1/8ths
  • 2 free eggs 
  • 175g self raising flour (gluten free works fine)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds
  • 2lb loaf tin - lined
What you do
  • Pre heat the oven to 180c
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy in your stand mixer
  • Add the flour and baking powder, spices,  and eggs to the bowl, mix until you a smooth mixture
  • Place half the mixture into your prepared tin, roughly level with a palette knife, place roughly half of the pears (chopped into little cubes) in a layer on the cake mixture
  • Top the pears with the rest of the cake mixture and places the rest of the pear slices on the top, sprinkle with flaked almonds
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  • Cool in the tin for at least 20 minutes or so, perfect warm on its on or with cream or custard. Cold its great with a cup of tea.
  • If you like serve cold with a dredging of icing sugar
We are linking up to Recipe of the Week over on AMummyToo 

                                                                 Link up your recipe of the week

And to Casa Costello's Bake of the Week 

                                                          Casa Costello

JibberjabberUk - Love Cake linky whose theme this month is Best of British


And two of my favourites Credit Crunch Munch from Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food for All, hosted this month by Elizabeths Kitchen and No Waste Food Challenge from Elizabeths Kitchen, hosted this month by Its not Easy being Greedy.


                                                              Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary


Fab Food 4 All said...

This cake sounds gorgeous and I know all about Hygge being half Danish:-) Thanks for a delicious #CreditCrunchMunch entry:-)

Unknown said...

I just love the cake , thank you for the post :)) so delicious

Jibberjabberuk said...

I'm not that keen on pears on their own but in a cake is totally different matter! I love the mix of flavours with the spice and the addition of the almonds.

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous, as always! Thank you for sharing your delicious sounding recipe with Credit Crunch Munch and the No Waste Food Challenge :)

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