- 250g pack butter, melted, plus a little extra for the tin
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 250g caster sugar
- 200g self-raising flour
- 50g wholemeal flour
- 100g ground almond
- 1 tsp baking powder
Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- good grating nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 50g whole hazelnut, finely chopped
Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…
- 50g whole almond with skins on, finely chopped
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Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…
- 50g pistachio, finely chopped
- 50g macadamia nut, finely chopped
- 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped, or dark chocolate chips
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…
For the icing
- 300ml pot soured cream
- 100g dark chocolate, broken into chunks
- 100g milk chocolate, broken into chunks
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line the base and sides of a deep, 20cm loose-bottomed round cake tin. Mix the sugar, flours, ground almonds, baking powder and spices in a big bowl. Mix together the chopped nuts. Set aside 2 heaped tbsp of them for decoration and stir the rest into the dry ingredients with the chopped chocolate or chips. Whisk together the melted butter, eggs and almond extract.
Tip the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to combine, then fold in the diced pear. Scrape the mixture into the tin and bake for 45 mins, then cover with foil and bake for 20 mins more until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool in the tin overnight.
For the icing, put the soured cream and chocolate chunks in a small pan. Heat very gently, stirring, until melted. Chill until spreadable (overnight is fine).
Remove the cake from the tin, spread over the icing and scatter with the reserved nuts.