Last night I was eyeing up the bowl of fruit sitting on our kitchen bench, and the mood to bake came over me. We had a mixture of apples and pears so I decided to bake a nice slice, that we could eat warm with a yummy dollop of vanilla ice-cream after dinner. For the recipe below, I used 1 large Anjou Pear, 1 Granny Smith Apple and 1 Royal Gala Apple. Initially I was going to slice all three and lay them on top of the mixture, but the pear was quite ripe so I decided to mix it in with the base instead.
Pear and Apple Slice
1 ¼ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
135gm butter softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
3 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ripe Pear, peeled and chopped finely
1 tbsp cornflour
2 Apples, peeled and sliced finely
3 tbsp flour
2 tsp Cinnamon
¼ cup chopped Walnut halves
¼ cup sugar
30gm butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F). Grease and line a 23cm square cake tin.
- Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, add the butter, caster sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat well until mixture is smooth.
- Add the pear, and beat in well.
- Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and smooth out flat with a palette knife.
- Toss cornflour with the apple and scatter over the top of the batter. Lightly press the apple into the mixture.
- Mix all topping ingredients together, and sprinkle evenly over the mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until firm and golden brown. Leave to cool slightly then turn out to cool on a wire rack.