Pear and Almond Cake

    Pear and Almond Cake

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    This is a delicious fruit and nut cake that hails from Venice, Italy. A beautiful combination of pears, almonds and blueberries.

    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 1/4 cups (155g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 125g unsalted butter
    • 1 1/4 cups (280g) white sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1/3 cup (90ml) milk
    • 1 teaspoon almond essence
    • 3 pears, peeled and diced
    • 1/2 cup blueberries
    • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20cm springform pan. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl; reserve.
    2. Whisk together flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and baking powder in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and 1 1/4 cups white sugar together in a separate large bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in 1/3 of the flour mixture until just combined. Beat in 1/2 of the milk and another 1/3 of the flour mixture. Repeat with the remaining milk and flour. Stir in the almond essence.
    3. Gently fold pears, blueberries and chopped almonds into the batter. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved sugar and cinnamon mixture over the cake batter.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes.

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