- STEP 1
Preheat the oven to 150C regular bake. Grease & flour a loaf tin.
- STEP 2
Place the butter, sugar, golden syrup and vanilla in a medium saucepan and stir over a low heat until melted. Remove from the heat, leave to cool for 10 minutes, then add the milk, fresh ginger, egg and yolk. Whisk to combine.
- STEP 3
Cut the pears into quarters and remove the cores. Thinly slice the pears.
- STEP 4
Into a large mixing bowl sift the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2tsp cardamom (if using) and 1/2tsp salt. Stir to combine. Make a well in the centre and add the butter mixture, stirring with a whisk to combine until almost smooth — a few tiny lumps are okay.
- STEP 5
Fold half the sliced pears through the loaf batter and scrape into the tin. Arrange the remaining slices down each side of the tin, angled inwards a bit, so the middle is exposed and can still rise.
- STEP 6
Bake in the preheated oven for 70 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes or so, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days.