Spiced Pear Cake

Spiced Pear Cake

Recipe by Cookwithjo.comCourse: Dessert


  • 250g chopped dates

  • 300ml milk

  • 100g butter

  • a handful of chopped crystallised ginger

  • flat tbsp ground ginger

  • 140g muscovado sugar

  • 2 medium or 3 small pears, peeled, cut in half and cored

  • 175g self-raising flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 2 eggs

  • Icing sugar for decoration


  • Put the milk in a pan with the dates, crystallised ginger, butter and sugar. Warm up on low heat until the butter has dissolved. Leave to cool, then break up the dates and the ginger using a hand blender.
  • Heat the oven to 180C. Butter a round springform and line with baking paper.
  • Beat the eggs with a fork. Add to the milk and date mixture, a little at a time. Mix well after each addition.
  • Mix the flour with the ground ginger and baking powder. Add in a few batches to the cake mixture until well incorporated.
  • Pour into the tin, score the pear halves with a sharp knife and place on top of the cake. Bake for 40 minutes. Cover loosely with tin foil to prevent burning and bake for another 25 minutes.
  • Once the cake has cooled down a bit, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream.


  • Best prepared a day in advance