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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Pear and Cardamom Cake



With the Christmas season galloping towards us - it's good to have a few easy to make recipes up your sleeve that are still smart enough to serve as a dessert over the festive season.

This is a grown up cake with subtle flavors that linger. It just needs a scoop of good vanilla ice-cream or even better, a little quenelle of mascarpone cream. The pear in this recipe works beautifully. It moistens and subtly flavours the cake, complimenting the other flavours. The amaretti biscuits and ground almonds give a gentle note of almond while the coffee and cardamom give an initial burst of flavour before blending gently into the background.

This is an 'objet trouvé' sort of a recipe - from an advertisement promotion for DeLonghi, (hence the coffee I suppose) in Delicious Magazine.  Very pretty on the plate with it's cobweb of chocolate, and it is, indeed, delicious.



Pear and Cardamom Cake with Coffee and Amaretti

Ingredients:
175g softened butter
175g light muscavado sugar
3 medium eggs
50g ground almonds
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom
175g self raising flour
2 tbsp espresso coffee
3 ripe pears, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
4 amaretti biscuits, roughly crushed
75g dark chocolate

Method:
Preheat the oven to 190C
grease and line a 20cm loose-bottomed tin
Cream together the butter and the sugar until pale and fluffy
Beat in the eggs one at a time
Fold in the ground almonds, cardamom, flour, coffee, and 2/3 of the chopped pears until well combined
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface
Scatter the remaining pears and 2/3 of the amaretti biscuits over the top and bake for 1 hour until risen and cooked. If you insert a skewer into the centre it should come out clean
Allow the cake to cool completely
Remove the cake from the tin and place onto a serving platter. Scatter over the remaining biscuits.
Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the top of the cake


13 comments:

  1. MudderaGAWD, lady, that looks Fanflamin'tastic, love it :)

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    1. Thank you as always, Colette.

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  2. I really hope your cardamons weren't harvested by slave labour.

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    1. I am sure that everybody would hope that, M.

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  4. You had me at espresso and amaretti. Plus it looks gorgeous too!

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    1. Thanks Kristin, you do like your coffee, almost as much as the booze ;-)

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  5. This.sounds.delicious. And I am not all that wild about chocolate...but that pear cardamom mixture sounds decadent. I'll bet it was perfect for breakfast! I wonder if we can grow Cardamom in the polytunnel? We have an Avocado tree in the so perhaps?
    Then all I need to do is find someone to harvest it for me! Any takers.....??

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  6. This cake looks gorgeous! Love the pear, cardamom, coffee and Amaretti combination. They look wonderfully delicious together.

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  7. Such a wonderful sounding cake. Pears and cardamom and amaretti biscuits I adore too. It can't be anything but scrumptious!

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  8. This looks delicious! Love pears in anything!
    Gorgeous pictures. :-)

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  9. Oh my. That looks and sounds amazing! Hungry now!

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  10. Can't wait to try this amazing recipy!

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