Take a break from chocolate this holiday and enjoy a healthier version of apple pie. This festive dessert features seasonal apples simmered with sugar and cinnamon and topped with whole wheat pastry crumbs and vanilla yoghurt. A pair of pastry…
We are so excited about pear season, and we’re taking advantage of the fact it ties right in with Easter! For those that are not all that in to chocolates, how about trying this delicious ginger and pear cake!? Super easy to make, wonderfully moist and packed full of pears, (more pear than it is cake) this cake is sure to impress this Easter.
You could serve this cake while still a little warm, lightly dusted with some icing sugar. If you prefer to go all out with Easter theme, drizzle over the Easter glaze with decorations to suit. Either way, everyone is going to love it!
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 Cup Olive oil, light
- 3 Egg whites
- 1 Cup Unbleached plain flour, organic
- 1/4 Cup Wholemeal flour
- 2 Tbsp Crystallized ginger, finely chopped
- 1 ½ tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg
- 2 ½ Cup Pears, skin on and grated (such as Beurré Bosc or Williams)
- EASTER GLAZE:
- 2/3 Cup Icing sugar
- 4 tsp Milk, plus more if needed
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 – 2 drops Yellow food die
- Lightly grease a 6-cup fluted tube pan or a 13x9x2-inch baking pan (if using a fluted pan, dust with all-purpose flour.)
- In a mixing bowl combine the sugars, oil, and egg whites. Stir mixture till well blended.
- Add the plain flour, whole wheat flour, the 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, baking soda, and nutmeg. Stir mixture just till moistened. (Batter will be thick.)
- Stir in grated pears. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 50 to 55 minutes for the tube pan or 25 to 30 minutes for a 13x9x2-inch pan or till a wooden pick inserted near the centre comes out clean. (For the tube pan, cool on wire rack 15 minutes before removing cake from pan.)
- Allow to cool completely before decorating.
- Whisk the icing sugar, 4 teaspoons milk, vanilla and food die in small bowl to blend, adding more milk just a drop at a time to reach the desired thickness required.
- Spoon or drizzle over the glaze, allow it to run slightly down the sides.
- Sprinkle with your choice of Easter decorations.
- Allow the cake to stand at room temperature so the glaze can set before slicing.