Pear and Almond "Cake"

Let me start by making it clear that this is not a cake. This is a baked pear and almond dish with some cake to hold it together. It is utterly satisfying, ridiculously easy, and a great way to make use of pear season.

Preheat oven at 190 degrees Celsius, convection mode. In one small bowl lightly whisk:

  • Eggs, 2 items

  • Maple syrup,1,5 tbsp

In another bowl mix the dry ingredients::

  • Flour, all purpose or soft, 50gr

  • Salt, 1/4 tsp

  • Cinnamon, 1 tsp

  • Ground Ginger, 1 tsp

  • Ground Cardamom, 1/4 tsp

  • Baking Powder, 1/2 tsp

  • Ground almonds, 150 gr, (if you have bought ground almond use it, I prefer to grind normal almonds in a food processor or blender, I love the texture of uneven bigger almond bites!)

Peel, deseed, and cut in roughly 2 by 2 cm pieces:

  • Pears, 3 pcs (about 300 gr)

In the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk:

  • Butter, at room temperature, 125 gr

  • Sugar, 125 gr (I use a mix of white and brown)

When smooth and fluffy, add the whisked egg/maple syrup mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula to incorporate everything. Follow whisking in the dry flour mix. Finally, fold in the pears with the spatula. This will be a thick, almost cookie like dough. Line a 20 cm round baking tin (or equivalent square) with parchment paper, and level dough in. Sprinkle evenly on top:

  • Flaked almonds, 75 gr

Bake for 40 minutes until you see a golden brown colour on the surface and the tip of an inserted knife comes out clean. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before indulging.

PS: If you have blueberries, definitely fold in a handful or two, and this might turn into one of the best, easiest desserts you've had!