Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Spiced Pear Cake with maple syrup and almond meal

Don't be pear-shaped © Cookaroo
Remember how I'd written about this whole lot of pears that my aunt had got me? I made pear and chocolate muffins with them and then this yummy French Pear Tart. This was followed by a Pear crumble, which I've still got to post and then this!

I suppose you think I am obsessed with pears. Fall fall fruit for us in India, are actually pears and apples. I can't remember a single year when my mom wouldn't stock these in our fruit basket or give us money to buy the fruit from the school canteen. Now that I think about it, my school canteen also would get truck loads of apricots and plums that we could buy by a piece (or kilo) and take it back home.

While I don't remember doing anything about eating the fruits - as a salad or just plain old, it wasn't until I was mesmerized by a plum galette about a decade ago that I started making things out of fruits. By this, I mean anything other than apple pies and apple crumbles.

 Single in the city © Cookaroo
As a 16-year-old, I remember making an apple cake. Which I would colour with green for a marbled effect. Later, I'd try a pineapple upside cake, which became one of my frequently asked fruit cakes by my friends. But being able to experiment with fruits such as peaches, mangoes, pears and plums in baked goodies came much later to me.

While I do like eating them just plain or with some yogurt, I also like to see how far I can stretch myself with them. Also because the husband is rather strange about eating fruit, I find this an easy way of enticing him into eating it.

By odd, I mean, the fruits must be cut and kept under his nose. With a fork. That way, the Prince of Dwarka will even eat papayas. But hand him a peach to bite, he'll pooh-pooh it out right. On the other hand, litchis and oranges he's happy to devour. However, apples and pears he despises. Tells me, it hurts his teeth. So other than making babyfood for him, this is the only way these fruits make it to his system.

Ok ok, I'm being quite horrid. Truth is, I like fruit. So I'm always happy to bake something with it.

This cake is a warm cake with spices such as ginger, cinnamon and all spice. I also made this without sugar, with just maple syrup to sweeten it. Because as you know I have some awesome maple syrup at home. I also used the pears two ways - in the batter and caramelised on top, so that there are two textures to it. And the result? Total happiness with fall flavours

Look at me © Cookaroo

Spiced pear cake with maple syrup and almond meal
Makes one large 6-inch cake

For the spiced pear
pears
2 tblsp butter
3 tbslp maple syrup
1 tsp ginger powder

For the cake batter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 tblsp  maple syrup

For the caramelised pears
pear
2 tbslp sugar
2 tblsp maple syrup

Method

1. In a small cake tin put the sugar and maple syrup. Put the tin on the gas and let the sugar caramelise on slow heat. Meanwhile peel and slice the pear. Once caramelised arrange the pears at the bottom of the tin. Leave aside
2.Meanwhile peel and chop three pears and put it in a saucepan. Put ginger, butter and maple syrup in it. Turn the gas on low and let it cook for 5 to 8 mins. Set aside.
3.In a bowl add dry ingredients for the cake - flour, almond meal, baking powder, soda, ginger powder, cinnamon and all spice. Set aside.
4.In another bowl melt the butter add maple syrup and sugar to it. Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract. Pour in the butter poached pear.
5.Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir till just combined. Pour into the pear and caramelised tin.
6.Bake at 180 degree centigrade for 40 mins or until skewer comes out somewhat clean.
7. Cool, turn the cake over and serve with sweetened cream

We come in pears © Cookaroo

Sending this to Simply food's Let's cook with fruits event


8 comments:

  1. looks awesome...pear festival at home, huh!:)

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    1. Something like that! I still have to post two more pear recipes :) Thanks Prachi

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  2. Just back from a mini break and saw this... delicious
    Think ll put on weight only looking at the pics :))

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    1. What rubbish, pears are good for you

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    2. Yeah raw pears are good ... not soaked / dunked in sugar and maida :p

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  3. Dear you have so much patience. I think of baking cakes but the time required for it just happens to change my mind.

    Your cakes always look so tempting.

    http://shwetainthekitchen.blogspot.com

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    1. Really? I find baking therapeutic and so little work. The oven does the happy cooking

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