I don’t have many words for you today. What I do have though, is a cake. A simple offering that is so thoroughly unattractive that you just know it’ll be divine.
Last weekend, this cake was my plus one to lunch at the home of my sparkly friend Julia. Lunch was followed by a dessert buffet of sorts. Some stunning cupcakes, a decadent chocolate mousse, giant scoops of ice cream and of course, this cake.
I intended to take more photos of my offering……some action shots of it being devoured perhaps. Or more of it’s slices, so that you can gain a better visual appreciation of the robust exterior surrounding the moist crumb, studded generously with perfectly baked chunks of pear.
Suffice it to say that when a dish disappears so fast that you don’t get a chance to photograph it as you intended, that can only really be a good thing.
The recipe is from Valli Little’s delicious. Love to Cook, and for once I followed the recipe fairly closely. The only exception is the addition of cinnamon, which was politely requested by the pears themselves.
Crumbly Olive Oil, Rosemary & Pear Cake
Modified slightly from delicious. Love to Cook, Valli Little (ABC Books, Harper Collins)
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
3/4 cup (120g) wholemeal flour
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil (fruity or light variety)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups peeled and diced pears (about 3-4 pears)
2 tsp chopped rosemary leaves
1/4 cup dried cranberries, currants or sultanas
mascarpone, creme fraiche or whipped cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease and flour a cake tin- mine was 18 cm, Valli Little uses a 26cm tin.
Sift together flours, baking powder and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and mix.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs, olive oil and vanilla, then add to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Gently fold through pear, rosemary and currants
Spoon mixture into cake tin and level out with a spatula. Bake on the middle shelf for 45-55 mins or until a skewer that is inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Best served warm with a dollop of mascarpone or cream.