PEAR AND GINGER CAKE and an illicit cup of rosé wine.

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This is a cake that I made usually for a couple of years.  I’m stunned I’ve now not written about it previous than then again can’t see that I have.  The extraordinary issue is that the information the recipe comes from mysteriously disappeared some time up to now.  The only other recipe inside the information that I used used to be for something referred to as Italian bread pudding and in my submit about that I do consult with just about taking the information to the charity retailer plenty of events.  Which means that that I didn’t ultimately.  Or did I?



I actually have the an identical recipe copied out and filed away in my bureaucracy on my laptop pc, which further signifies that I did that previous than taking the information to the charity retailer.  I’m really not happy.  The web motion of cookbooks is into the house, now not out of it.  I believe that the information is lurking in an as however unopened box of miscellaneous packing relationship once more to indisputably one in all our 3 house moves of recent years. 



A few week up to now, I invited members of the family to afternoon tea, courtesy of Zoom.


It used to be a very good good fortune in that every one folks controlled to log on and natter for a while.  I was significantly disenchanted after we now have been the only ones who took the “tea” part of it seriously.  And seriously we did, with triangular egg and cress sandwiches (no crusts), scones, the general two chunks of our Easter cake and – the pear and ginger cake rustled up in particular for the development.  We did nonetheless replace a pleasing chilled rosé wine for tea inside the teapot – the milk jug and sugar bowl had been just for provide and to complete the illusion.  No one perceived to notice!



This is a very rapid cake to position jointly.



Pear and ginger is a gorgeous aggregate and the cake used to be merely as I remembered it, superb for afternoon tea – or to accompany an illicit glass of rosé!




For the cake

175g unsalted butter

175g caster sugar

175g self raising flour

1 tblsp (6 teaspoons) ground ginger

3 eggs, crushed


For the topping

450g ripe pears

1 tblsp demerara sugar

25g butter




Preheat the oven to 180C / 160 fan / gas mk4.  Grease and line the ground of a 20cm round springform tin.


Put all of the cake elements into a large bowl and, using {an electrical} whisk, beat jointly until simple and correctly combined.


Spoon the mixture into the tin and degree the very best.


Peel the pears, halve and remove the core with a teaspoon or melon baller.  Slice thinly and get ready the slices on top of the cake.  Sprinkle with the sugar, dot with the butter and bake for 35-40 mins until completed.


Cuts into 8-10 slices.

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