A pear made in heaven

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. plateful 26-7-14pears 26-7-14125g 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
125g sugar
2 eggs [I used 3 small Pablo eggs]
A little milk, if needed [I used 1 tsp] egg - close-up 26-7-14Preheat 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.

Put the flour, baking powder and ginger into a small bowl, stir. Set aside. syrup in pan 26-7-14Put the golden syrup into a small pan and heat gently until it is runny. Pour into the cake tin.

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. pears in the tin 26-7-14licking the spoon 26-7-14Pour 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. just out of the oven  26-7-14Leave 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. pudding - close-up 26-7-145 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 - cover 26-7-14


‘Top Bananas! The Best Ever Family Recipes from Mumsnet’ by Claire McDonald and Lucy McDonald [Bloomsbury]

10 thoughts on “A pear made in heaven

    1. sandradan1 Post author

      Nope, but I am hopeful that it will join Mercadona’s newly expanding shelves. The latest addition is jars of sun-dried tomatoes. Our Mercadona is quite small and rural, and not set up for non-Spanish tastes! SD


  1. EllaDee

    Yum 🙂 The words ‘pear” and “ginger” caught my eye late last night, past my bed time but I was determined to return… I’m pleased I did, I love pear sweets-desserts-puddings & of course au naturel sliced with cheese, and after many years or destesting ginger my palate has finally grown up enough to appreciate it. How bereft I would be if I didn’t have access to ground ginger. A big pinch of it goes into much of my cooking – savoury & sweet.

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