Nat Sanderson is our blogger of the week and hasn't she done us proud with this delicious family cake? If you haven’t checked out her site, Nat's Thermomixen in the Kitchen, head on over and you will find a whole lot of great recipes as well as hints and tips on getting the most out of your machine. Nat also has a great Facebook page you should join as well. In the meantime, whip this up and enjoy her skills! (OH and don’t forget the addition of home made creme fraiche or yoghurt to just tip this over the edge!)
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- 140 g golden syrup
- 100 g dark brown sugar
- 125 g butter, diced
- 250 g SR flour
- 1 tsp bicarb soda
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 310 g milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
Preheat oven to 170ºC and line a square baking tin with baking paper.
Weigh butter, golden syrup and sugar into Thermomix bowl and cook 5 min/90ºC/speed 2.
Add dry ingredients, milk & egg and mix 4-5 sec/speed 4 until flour is just combined. Don't be tempted to over mix as this will keep the cake light and fluffy.
Add pear pieces and mix 3 sec/Reverse/speed 2.
Pour cake mixture into baking tin and bake 60 minutes or until cooked (test with a wooden skewer, it is ready when it comes out clean).
Cool in tin for 10 minutes, then cool on a wire rack until cold.
Tastes even better the next day (if you can resist!)
For a richer flavour, use 70g golden syrup and 70g of treacle.