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  • Prep 25 mins
  • Cook 1 hr 20 mins
  • Serves 8

This delicious moist cake can be served with ice-cream or whipped cream.

  • 250g unsalted butter, chopped + extra for greasing
  • 1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup golden syrup
  • 3 medium Beurre Bosc pears
  • 1 free-range egg (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1⅓ cups plain flour
  • 1⅓ cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2½ tsp ground ginger

To serve:

2 tbs chopped walnuts and maple syrup, for drizzling


  • STEP 1 Preheat oven to 170°C/150°C fan-forced. Grease and line a 25cm spring-form pan with baking paper.
  • STEP 2 Combine butter, sugar and golden syrup in a small saucepan and cook, stirring often, over medium-high heat until mixture is smooth. Pour into a large heat-proof bowl. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  • STEP 3 Meanwhile, quarter pears lengthways then cut lengthways into thin wedges. Arrange pears in a fan pattern over base of the pan.
  • STEP 4 Whisk egg into butter mixture. Sift flours, bicarbonate of soda and ginger together. Using a large metal spoon, stir half the flour mixture into butter mixture with half the milk and mix well. Stir in remaining flour mixture and milk until combined.
  • STEP 5 Spoon over pears and smooth top. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer in the centre. Stand in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. To serve, sprinkle with walnuts and drizzle with maple syrup. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

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