23 April 2012

Pear cake

I found this recipe the other day in a long-forgotten Woman's Day recipe book. I had some pears that needed using (more on this later). The original recipe had dates in it too but I've modified it a bit because if it had dates in it, there's no way the MissyMoos would have eaten it. It was also nice and easy so MissyMoo1 (5) helped me making it.

125g butter, chopped, at room temp
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
3 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 cup mil
6 fresh pears, peeled, cored, diced. (These pears were small, maybe less if they're bigger)

1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180degreesC. Lightly grease and line a 22cm round cake pan with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
3. Fold in sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk. Fold pears through.
4. Spoon mixture into pan. Bake 50-60 mins (my oven is always hotter so I put the temp slightly lower and only baked for about 45mins), until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in pan 5 mins, before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve in wedges.

Mmmm, morning tea is calling!

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