Pear & ginger loaf cake

Pear & ginger loaf cake

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(60 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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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.
22nd Sep, 2013
Cake baked in just over 1 hour. Came out looking great and tasted fantastic.
26th Mar, 2013
I note that the cooking time is given as 1hour 45 minutes at the top, but 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes in the recipe. I cooked it for 1 hour 10 mins at 140 C and it sank in the middle. Also, the bottom of the cake was very wet. I felt that the pears were adding too much juice to the mixture. It tasted delicious, though. I would use only one pear and chop it more finely if I cooked this again.
6th Mar, 2013
Delicious. Useda darker sugar asthat was all I had to hand. Also fabulous as a dessert warmed up in hte micro nad with ice cream.
9th Dec, 2012
used mixed spice instead of ginger - lovely
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17th Nov, 2012
Yummy! I love stem ginger so used 3 balls of it. The cake stayed lovely and moist for 5 days. Will definitely make it again.


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