Looking for an easy treat to bake for the weekend? Then why not try this delicious Caramel Pear Cake. Hope the pears count as part of my ‘five a day’! 🙂
Caramel Pear Cake
“Sumptuous, moist and golden brown, this cake is really tasty. The Pears give it a wonderful look and flavour and the caramel/brandy sauce soaks into the cake and makes it glisten. Yummy!” Sophie Michell, television chef and author
Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
220g Caster sugar
4 Large eggs
220g Self raising flour
1 tsp Vanilla extract
5 Medium pears, peeled and cut into quarters
200g Caster sugar
50ml Double cream
Splash of brandy
Pinch of sea salt
1. Start by pre-heating the oven to 180C/350F. Then cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs one at a time, beating in between. Then fold in the flour and vanilla extract.
2. Line a 9-inch tin with baking paper and then lay the pears in the bottom, with the skin side down. Spoon on the cake mix and spread evenly.
3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cake has risen and a skewer comes out clean.
4. While this is cooking make the caramel. Pour the sugar into a saucepan and add the water, mix so all the sugar is moistened, but not up the sides of the pan. Place onto the heat and bring to the boil. Do not stir it, but shake the pan slight to spread when it starts to go brown and caramelise.
5. When it is a deep caramel colour, take off the heat and carefully add the cream. It will splutter and spit, so be careful! Then add the brandy and small splash of water. Place back onto the heat and cook until all combined. You can stir at this point.
6. When the cake is cool, turn out onto a plate so the pears are on top then pour over the sauce. Serve with cream or custard.