Archive for November 6th, 2010

The sunshine of summer is now just a distant memory, so it’s time to break out the winter cakes and bakes to give everybody a food hug.  This recipe works as a loaf or a traybake and the spicy warmth is the perfect companion to a huge steaming cup of tea or coffee.  This recipe is a one pot wonder as you make it in your largest pot – no need for lots of bowls, just a whisk and a spatula.  I used a can of tinned pears in juice – just drain them well – as they’re guaranteed to be the perfect texture for this cake.  Also, a very handy tip for measuring golden syrup (why didn’t they teach us this in school?) is to weigh the can/squeezy bottle before you start, ladle the syrup into the pot & keep checking the weight until it’s 200g lighter.  My chief taste testers are my husband and my 5 year-old niece – both of them absolutely love this cake.

Pear Gingerbread


200g Golden Syrup
150g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
1 Egg
100ml Milk
2 tbsp Ground Ginger
2 tsp Allspice
250g Plain Flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 can Pears in juice, drained & roughly chopped
50g Demerara Sugar

Preheat your oven to 160/Gas Mark 3.  Grease & line a 2lb loaf tin or deep cake tin with baking parchment.

Gently heat the golden syrup in a large pot until runny.  Add the butter and sugar and continue to heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.  Now remove from the heat.

Beat the egg, milk & spices together and add to the golden syrup mixture using a whisk.

Pour in the flour and bicarbonate of soda and beat until fully mixed.

Now add the chopped pears, give it a final mix & pour into the tin.

Sprinkle with the demerara sugar and bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean (the cooking time will depend on the tin you use – longer for a loaf tin…)

Leave to cool fully in the tin and then serve.  It keeps for 3-4 days in an airtight tin, but it tends to get eaten long beforehand!

Aoife Ryan is a desperate housewife who just loves food – cooking it, eating it and writing about it.  Her blog is Babaduck Babbles.  She also tweets far too much as @Babaduck71

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