Pear & Almond Sponge
A home made dessert is a real treat- my mother used to make this simple fruit sponge using bottles of preserved pears through out the winter.
6 large pears, peeled
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
½ cup golden syrup
½ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup ground almonds
2 tablespoons butter/macadamia oil
oil spray, to grease
¼ cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 180ºC. Cut pears in quarters and remove pips. Place fruit in a saucepan, sprinkle over sugar and add water. Cover, bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Keep covered and hot.
To make sponge, in a mixing bowl place golden syrup and egg. Beat or whisk until fluffy.
In a separate bowl sift together flour and baking powder. Stir in almonds then fold dry ingredients into egg mixture. Gently stir in butter or oil.
Pour hot fruit (and only half the cooking liquid) into a greased 6-cup-capacity baking dish. Pour sponge over the top and scatter over almonds.
Bake for 20 minutes. Serving suggestion; Serve with a little custard sauce.
Hands-on time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes
Credit: Healthy Food Guide Magazine
Photography: Carolyn Robertson
Tip: Any fruit can be substituted for pear. Add ½ teaspoon of ginger or spice to the dry ingredients if you prefer.