This is a variation on the Eve's pudding recipe which makes a very attractive cake.
100 g vanilla sugar
50g self-raising flour
100g ground almonds
2 bantam eggs (or one large egg)
2 tsp cinnamon
1tsp powdered ginger
half tsp salt
1 large, ripe pear (or 2 small pears)
Quince or apricot jam
1. Cream butter and sugar to a soft paste.
2. Beat eggs, and whisk gradually into butter/sugar.
3.Add salt and spices to flour and mix together. Add ground almonds and mix well, breaking up any lumps of almond.
4. Gradually introduce flour/almond mixture into the batter, and fold in until well mixed.
5. Chop up 5 or 6 cubes of crystallised ginger into small pieces and add to mixture.
6. Take a non-stick cake tin, and grease well. Half and core the pear(s), then chop into slices. Arrange these to make an attractive pattern in the tin. Arrange cubes of crystallised ginger to fill in any gaps. Spoon on the cake batter, making sure that it fills all the gaps between the fruit, without disturbing them. Try to get it so that it is fairly level across the tin, so that it cooks evenly.
7. Pre-head oven to 170° C. Place in oven and check after 20 minutes. If the top is looking browned, cover with foil and reduce the heat to 130° C.
8. After 10 minutes, try the knife test to see how well it's doing, and if it is not ready, return it to the oven and continue checking at 5 minute intervals until it is cooked through.
9. When done, remove from oven. If the top has 'caught' in places, these can be sliced off with a knife, and any bumps levelled out so that it will sit evenly when inverted. Next place a plate or board over the tin, and turn it over. Measure 2 or 3 tablespoonfuls of jam into a mug or old jam jar, and melt in microwave. Pour jam on top of cake, and spread out gently to glaze.
Approximately 345 calories a slice, when divided into 6.