Ever find yourself with a couple of pears going soft in the fruit bowl? Make a cake with them. It’s quick and easy, the only slightly taxing thing is cutting up parchment paper to line the cake tin but that is worth doing to stop the cake from sticking. 150g butter
3 large eggs
75g plain flour
1½ tsp baking powder
100g ground almonds
50g chopped almonds Set the oven at 180°C. Grease and line a square 20cm cake tin, about 6cm deep with parchment paper. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, I always mix my cakes by hand as it seems easier. The recipe calls for three large eggs, but mine are small ones from Pablo so I use four. I break each separately into a bowl to check for freshness, then combine the four eggs and beat [below]. Add them bit by bit to the butter mixture. Peel the pears, cut into quarters and take out the core. Then cut each quarter in half. Set these aside.Sift the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl, stirring to mix, then fold gently into the butter mixture [above]. Fold in the ground almonds [below], then the nuts [bottom]. Scrape the mixture into the cake tin, give the tin a firm tap on the counter to help the mixture settle and get rid of air bubbles. Place the pieces of pear evenly into the cake mixture, they will sink during cooking so there is no need to place them creatively. Next, lick the bowl! Bake for 40-45 minutes. Test with a skewer, if the skewer comes out clean the cake is done. It goes a lovely golden colour when ready, often with streaks of browned pear juice.
Remove the cake from the oven and set the tin on a cooling rack. Once the cake is cold, remove from the tin and peel off the paper. Eat with a generous spoonful of natural Greek yogurt. Keep the cake in a plastic box in the fridge, particularly in the summer.
5 to remember
el frutero – the fruit bowl
una pera – a pear
las burbujas – the bubbles
el tendedero – the cooling rack
especialmente – particularly
This is an adaptation of a Nigel Slater cake recipe.
‘The Kitchen Diaries’ by Nigel Slater [UK: Fourth Estate]