Good Morning You and Happy Monday!
I hope you had a nice weekend!
Here, we kept going with the celebrations for our new status (not married, yet! please relax) and for A’s Birthday!
We were both caught by surprise and finally tried our much desired lunch at Filandon, a restaurant in Madrid that is one of those places that between the food, service, space and the cosy decor will always impress you!
Yesterday, as a cold and windy Sunday was the right day to bake a simple tea cake and enjoy an afternoon snack with friends that popped by! I have to say that sometimes I do have a plan for what I am going to bake, and sometimes I have no clue…and yesterday I went a bit random based on the flavours I really wanted for my tea cake (after a good nap) and a I had special request …Pears!
So, before I forget, and because this time it went so very right (in taste, in texture, in moisture and yumminess), I’ll write it down for me and for you..before I forget!
The days are indeed longer, there is more light…winter will soon enough subside ..and energies will be renewed!
Have a great week!
A Pear and Vanilla Cake
This is an ideal cake for a tea time as you can prepare it very easily in less than 1hour and serve it slightly warm…it was a success! Yes, there is sugar and butter and white flour…but we do try to keep it as a balance between healthier options and some days…like yesterday we felt we deserved it! I’ve made a similar version of this while on our New Year’s break with friends, but had apples, walnuts and cinnamon..so for now I am going to give a rest to my ‘no cinnamon’ fans and I’ll share it with you another day!
- 150g butter, softened
- 150g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- rind of 1 lemon
- 1/2 a medium pear (shredded)
- 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste
- 150g self-raising flour (sifted)
for the top
- 1 & 1/2 medium pears
- demerara sugar to sprinkle
- Preheat oven to 180ºC and prepare a loaf cake tin (either grease or use baking paper).
- Beat the butter with the sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy and then add the eggs, one at a time.
- Add the lemon rind, half of one pear (peeled and cored) shredded and the vanilla.
- Sieve the flour into the mixture and fold it gently to not remove the air from the dough, so it is light and fluffy when baked.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, top it with the rest of the pears (peeled, cored and sliced) arrange as you like and sprinkle some demerara sugar.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until is golden and when inserting a skewer in the centre it comes our clean and dry.
- Enjoy it slightly warm or cold with a nice cup of tea or coffee!
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