Anjou pear cake

Anjou pear cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins Plus cooling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

This fruity cake is at its best when made with melting, buttery pears

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
191
protein
4g
carbs
22g
fat
10g
saturates
5g
fibre
2g
sugar
13g
salt
0.55g

Ingredients

  • 50g butter, melted, plus extra for the tin
  • 500g ripe buttery pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp poire William liqueur (optional)
  • 75g plain flour
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam, for the glaze
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • crème fraîche, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment and brush with butter.
  2. Put the prepared pears in a bowl with the lemon juice and Poire William, if using, to prevent them discolouring. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl, adding a pinch of salt and the caster sugar. Next beat in the eggs and melted butter. Finally, fold in the pears with their juices. Pour the cake mixture into the tin. Bake for about 50 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin, gently peeling away the parchment.
  3. To make the glaze, melt the apricot jam with 1 tbsp water and pass through a sieve to remove any lumps. Brush the cake with the glaze, dust with icing sugar and serve warm with crème fraîche.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2010

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ejp1170's picture
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Delicious. Made this about a dozen times now with various fruits from the garden and allotment and everyone a winner. Left out liqueur as never had any, and the glaze is unnecessary. Made a softfruit compote to go with a couple of times when used as a dessert when friends are round. Wonderful way to use up the various gluts of fruit you tend to get when you grow your own. Would recommend this recipe any time.

mylittlepony's picture
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Very easy to make and tastes delicious. I've made this twice now and have one in the oven as I type. It's proven very popular with my family and great for using up over-ripe fruit. I've just added an apple and sultanas so am hoping for a great result again.

fayfumbs's picture
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Very easy to make and tasted delicious even without the topping or creme fraiche

itsybitsy's picture
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Dead easy to make and equally easy to eat! Absolutely delicious. Just made it for the second time at hubby's request.

ZaraD's picture
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Fabulous cake, I made mine with 300g pears and 200g blackberries, wonderful!

sheenahorgan's picture
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Fabulous! Loved by kids and grown ups, very easy. Added vanilla too - yum !

jeffmcqueen83's picture
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Cooked this for the in-laws and it went down so well that they polished off the leftovers between them with plenty of creme fraiche! Beautifully moist and full of flavour - can't wait to make it again.

hilaryb's picture
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Absolutely perfect cake. Best with not too ripe pears, when just right for eating. I assumed it was supposed to be quite thin, as it looked quite shallow in the dish adn as if there were too many pears, but it tasted amazing, quite nice to have lots of fruit. its was big hit with the husband.

ellenprockter's picture

I loved this but thought it was more of a cafouti than a cake. Used rum rather than pear liqueur - excellent. Just used 10 more grams of four.

lindseymartin's picture
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This was just exquisite. Used the optional pear liqueur as randomly happened to have some. Did not bother with glaze but just used icing sugar. Served with half fat creme fraiche. It was light and not too filling. Quantity of other ingredients to pears was fine.

blackwheel's picture
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utterly scrummy, my partner made this recently and it was an eyes bigger than my tummy cake!

robbshowe's picture
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I made this recently, but was a bit disappointed there didn't seem to be enough cake mixture in proportion to the pears, so I didn't think you could taste the cake very well.

sarahg's picture
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Gorgeous cake!! Was at a loss to know what to do with some pears that my son just refused to eat!! I hope that we have some more pears that don't meet with his approval soon!

lucimakesfabcake's picture
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I made this cake as a sunday lunch dessert, it was beautiful! Very tasty and moist, i've had many requests for it agian :)

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