Hidden-pear-loaf-cake

Hidden pear loaf cake

Slice into a rich chocolate-ginger sponge to find tender, whole poached pears

By , 01 October 2018

(16 votes)

Hidden pear loaf cake
  • 1 Hour 10 Mins

  • Serves: 16

  • Price: 19p per serving

Nutritional Info
Each 80g serving contains
  • Energy

    730KJ

    174KCAL

    9%
  • Fat

    5.0g

    med

    7%
  • Saturates

    1.7g

    med

    9%
  • Sugars

    22.4g

    high

    25%
  • Salt

    0.06g

    low

    1%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 912kJ/218kcal.
Ingredients
  • 3 Grower's Selection Conference Pears, peeled
  • 4tbsp caster sugar
  • 1tbsp rapeseed oil, for greasing
  • 400g Asda Chocolate Sponge Mix
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 70g crystallised ginger
  • 3tbsp icing sugar, sifted
Method
  • Carefully remove the pear cores – cut and scoop them out through the bottom of each pear with a sharp knife or the tip of a veg peeler. Slice the base off each pear so it will stand upright.

  • Bring the caster sugar and 400ml water to a boil. Add the pears and simmer for 15 mins until they start to soften. Remove from the syrup, allow to cool, then pat dry with kitchen roll.

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line a 21cm loaf tin with baking paper.

  • Stand the pears in the tin, an equal distance apart.

  • Beat together the sponge mix, eggs and 150ml water, then fold in 50g of the ginger. Pour around the pears, smoothing the top.

  • Bake on the middle shelf for 30-35 mins until risen and a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool then remove from the tin.

  • Mix the icing sugar with ½tsp water, drizzle over the cake and decorate with the remaining ginger.