Pear & Kiwi Slice with Almond Crumble Topping
Moist vanilla pound cake base with delicate pear chunks topped with a crunchy almond crumble and sharp kiwi slices. Best in the autumn season and quick in preparation!
For this recipe, I used 23cm (9inch) round cake tin.
Ingredients for cake:
3-4 Conference Pears, peeled, core removed and diced (I used a mixture of ripe and hard pears for different textures)
125g (4.4oz) butter
125g (4.4oz) plain flour, sieved
125g (4.4oz) caster sugar
2 large eggs
1tsp of vanilla bean paste (or 1tsp of vanilla extract)
1/4tsp baking powder
1/2 lemon zest and juice
Ingredients for crumble and topping:
1 Kiwi peeled, cut in half and sliced
125g (4.4oz) of plain sieved flour
50g (1.7oz)of sugar
70g (2.4oz) of diced butter
4tsp of ground almonds
Instructions for the cake base:
1. Prepare 23cm (9inch) round cake tin (I laid the bottom with non-stick baking paper and greased sides with a little bit of butter).
2. Beat the diced butter and sugar together until fluffy and white.
3. Slowly add in the eggs and vanilla bean paste one by one to incorporate.
4. Add flour mixed with baking powder and mix until combined.
5. Place the cake batter in the tin and level with a spatula.
6. Add diced pears creating even layer, drizzle them with lemon juice and zest.
Instructions for the crumble and baking:
1. Heat the oven to 175C (350F)
2. In the bowl add flour, sugar, diced butter and ground almond.
3. Mix it with your hands by rubbing butter cubes into dry ingredients and do so until no butter cubes are present.
4. Place the crumble topping on the cake by pressing it in your hand and crumbling it on the top.
5. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes in 175C (350F) (use a small knife to check if cake butter is set).
6. Cool down and remove from the tin, garnish with Kiwi ready to serve.
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This cake is aerated by beating sugar into the butter, when done correctly there is no need to add baking powder however some household mixers can have a problem with this process. Adding some baking powder helps to get light and fluffy cake.