Isn’t Sunday a good day for baking? Particularly when it’s been raining all day and you need a little cheering. I fancied baking a cake yesterday but hadn’t prepared for this so had to raid the fridge, where I found the plums and pear I’d intended for a fruit tart. I thought I’d see if they work together in a cake – and they do!
This is a deliciously moist cake with a tang of the fruit and contrasting sweetness of the honey. It’s almost a dessert more than a cake and it would be delicious with custard or a dollop of cream.
Pear and Plum Cake
140g self-raising flour
140g softened butter
140g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon of clear honey
Beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy then beat in the honey. Beat the eggs together and beat them into the mixture little by little. Now fold in the flour. Stone the plums and cut them into eights then halve each piece. Slice the pear thickly then chop each slice into bite sized pieces. Fold the fruit into the mixture.
Pour the cake batter into a lined cake tin (a loaf tin would work well too) and bake at 180c for 45–50 minutes.