50g butter, melted,
500g ripe pears (Rosedale Orchard, Willowbrook Orchard, Ettrick Gardens)
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1 lemon, juice and zest
½ tsp ground ginger
75g plain flour
2 eggs, beaten (Agreeable Nature)
75g caster sugar
Icing sugar, for dusting


Heat oven to 180C/160C fan.
Line a 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin with baking paper and brush with butter.
Put the prepared pears in a bowl with the lemon juice , to prevent them discolouring.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and ginger into a bowl, adding a pinch of salt and the caster sugar.
Whisk the eggs and melted butter together until thick (5 minutes) add to the flour mixture. Gently fold together. Finally, fold in the pears with their juices and the lemon zest. Pour the cake mixture into the tin.
Bake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Place on a wire rack and allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin, gently peeling away the parchment.
Dust with icing sugar. This cake is wonderful served warm or at room temperature with crème fraiche.


This cake is fresh and airy with little morsels of juicy seasonal pears.

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