Pear & ginger loaf cake

Pear & ginger loaf cake

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(46 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 45 mins


Serves 8
This makes a lovely teatime treat or pudding, served with cream and also works well with apple and cinnamon or damson and vanilla

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal453
  • fat23g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars43g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 200g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g soft brown sugar



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  • 2 large eggs, beaten



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 balls stem ginger in syrup, drained and chopped
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped



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For the glaze

  • 3 tbsp syrup from the ginger jar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar



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  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line the base and sides of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment, ensuring the parchment comes 2cm above the top of the tin. Beat the butter and sugars together until pale, then gradually stir in the eggs and vanilla extract. Fold the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into the mix, then quickly stir through the stem ginger and pears. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, smooth the surface, then bake for 1 hr - 1 hr 10 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin.

  2. To make the glaze, mix the syrup with 1 tsp water and the sugar. Poke the surface of the loaf all over with a skewer, then pour on the syrup. Serve warm with cream, or allow to cool completely.

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24th Sep, 2018
Great recipe, I used this to make 12 cupcake/muffins. I used a baking spread and whisked everything but the pear and ginger together as a normal Victoria sponge, then stirred in fruit just before baking. I also added a large tsp of ginger and another ball of stem ginger for extra flavour. Chocolate chips on top during baking instead of the glaze. Baked at 160c fan as other reviews for 20 minutes and the cakes turned out great - no sinking as per other reviews for the loaf version.
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20th Jan, 2018
21st Oct, 2017
Second attempt at this cake today and left it longer before checking and also upped oven temp a bit. Still a mini ravine down the middle so probably worth adjusting ingredients as per a previous reviewer. However my mum made this cake having tasted my first attempt and she split the recipe between 2 1lb tins and got on better - no sinkage so that's probably a good way forward too.
13th Oct, 2017
Everybody loved this delicious cake (even though I didn't do the topping). I'm going to do another one and this time, get the ginger syrup topping done too!
8th Oct, 2017
This recipe gets a 5 stars from me for flavour but marking down for the crater in the middle so it didn't look so great! I didn't open the oven door until 1hr 10 was up then took it out to check and the crater happened. Returned to the oven with foil on as colour was already good and ending up leaving it in for another 30mins but the crater never rose again. Would try again leaving it longer though, as wonderful taste even with just the 2 ginger balls and the juice over the top and nice texture. Mum impressed too and took the recipe home. Simple to make and came away from the sides of the tin nicely with the greaseproof lining.
4th Feb, 2015
I'm new to baking but we had some leftover pears at work so I had a go at this. Didn't look very pretty so I stirred some crystallised ginger pieces into melted dark chocolate and spread it over the top. It was absolutely delicious and will definitely be making it again!
3rd Oct, 2014
made a few changes based on comments--upped the flour by 25g and added an additional 2 pears and baked for just about an hour...and although very damp & sunken slightly in middle (ravine as opposed to grand canyon), it is still a lovely tasting cake. I would recommend just dont expect the same "cake" qualities as a banana bread. also topped w crushed pecans and they just provided some nutty crunch. delish!
28th Oct, 2013
I followed the recipe to the letter for my first attempt, and although it tasted perfectly fine, my cake sank dramatically (think cake equivalent of the Mariana Trench). I tried the recipe again, but reduced the butter and sugar by 25g and left out the baking powder (which I strongly suspect is the cause of the sinking). I also completely blitzed the pear and squeezed a lot of the moisture out before adding to the mixture, and used a splash of milk to loosen it up before pouring into the tin. This time the cake rose perfectly and was still lovely and moist. Will definitely make again. Like others have said, it would be lovely warm with vanilla ice cream.
28th Oct, 2013
This is an excellent loaf cake that was (surprisingly) universally applauded by everyone. Superb flavour and texture. I did need to extend the cooking. For the 'topping' I forked the top of the cake whilst still hot, then spread over a couple of tablespoons of warmed ginger preserve that I had thinned with a little water. When left to cool it made a slightly gellified topping which looked very professional, and tasted sublime.
26th Sep, 2013
I made this 2 days ago, and as below, I cooked for an hour, took it out to test and the middle sank v badly. Cooked for another 10 mins. Didn't look great, more like a volcano, but family loved it, ate most of it for breakfast the next morning and am about to make another. I added chopped dark chocolate, and I agree with sheena below, maybe just one pear, esp if they r v ripe. Also you might need to cover with foil for last 10 mins or so.


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11th Jan, 2014
Did other people apply the glaze when the cake was still warm or when completely cold?
4th Aug, 2014
These work out really well when made in to muffins. The mixture makes 12-16 muffins. I cooked them at 170 degrees for 25 minutes, then whilst they cool, smear them with a little (slightly watered down) ginger preserve.