Autumn is well on its way. With chilly temperatures and nearly all the leaves off the trees (plenty of rake work to be done in the garden), it feels as though winter is just round the corner. So what better way to enjoy a snug afternoon than with mug of tea (or coffee in my case) and a scrumptious piece of cake.
125g/ 0.5 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g/0.5 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
1 tsp cardamom
3 small/medium ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped
75g/ 0.3 cup flour
200g/ 7 oz ground almonds
1/2tsp baking powder
50g/1.7 oz flaked/sliced almonds
Icing sugar, for garnish
For serving (optional)
100g/ 3.5 oz mascarpone cheese
Pre-heat oven to 180°C/ 355° F. Grease an 20cm/8-inch springform pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.
Prepare pears, by peeling, coring and chopping. Set aside. Beat the eggs,butter, sugar, salt and cardamom together, until pale and fluffy. Fold in the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and the pears. Spoon batter into the prepared springform. Bake for 25 minutes then take it out, break the crust and sprinkle the sliced almonds on top. Replace in the oven and bake for another 25 minutes. Leave to cool and dust with icing sugar.
To serve, mix the rind of an orange, 2 tbsp of orange juice with a 100g/ 3.5 oz of mascarpone cheese and add some icing sugar if needed.
…and all you need is to do now is to create a little “me time” snuggle down and enjoy!