Aware of our periodic fruit and veg gluts, I have become a recipe collector. This one was spotted in a magazine but comes from a Mumsnet cookbook. Pear and ginger upside-down pudding. It requires ground ginger, which we have to bring from the UK, but it is worth it. 125g butter
125g self-raising [I used plain four and added an extra tsp of baking powder]
1 tsp baking powder [or 2 tsp if you are using plain flour]
2 tsp ground ginger
55g golden syrup
3-5 pears, depending on size
2 eggs [I used 3 small Pablo eggs]
A little milk, if needed [I used 1 tsp] Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas 4.
Butter a 20cm round cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper. If your tin has a loose bottom, cut the circle of paper too large so that it seals the edges to prevent the golden syrup from escaping.
Prepare the pears, peel, core and cut each into eight. Arrange in the cake tin, on top of the syrup, with the thin ends in the middle and the thicker ends on the outside edge, like the spokes of a wheel.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs gradually, continuing to beat.
Add the flour gradually to the butter mix, folding in gently. Once everything is well blended, the batter should drop off the end of the spoon in a big dollop. If the batter is too stiff, add a tiny bit of milk. It is important to get the consistency right, or the sponge won’t coat the pears properly. Pour the mixture over the pears, give the tin a tap to eliminate air bubbles.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Check after 30 minutes and if the cake is browning too quickly, cover the top with foil. The cake is done when it is well-risen, golden, and springs back when touched. Leave the pudding in the tin to cool for a few minutes, before turning out onto a plate. Remove the paper.
We ate it with a spoonful of mascarpone, thinned with a little cream. 5 to remember
periódico/a – periodic
un/una coleccionista – a collector
una revista – a magazine
el jengibre – the ginger
el jarabe – the syrup
‘Top Bananas! The Best Ever Family Recipes from Mumsnet’ by Claire McDonald and Lucy McDonald [Bloomsbury]