Sticky pear & ginger cake

This is a cross between a sticky toffee pudding and a ginger cake. Serve warm with ice cream or cream as a dessert

To freeze, cool the cake in its tin, then wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost and warm through in a low oven. The syrup can be frozen separately, warmed, then drizzled over as before.

  • Yield: Serves 8 - 10
  • Cooking time: 1 Hour 20 Min
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Publisher: Bbcgoodfood.com

Ingredients

  • 250g stoned dates Date da-ateDates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of… , finely chopped
  • 300ml milk Milk mill-kOne of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
  • 100g butter Butter butt-errButter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an… , plus extra for the tin
  • 140g ginger preserve (you'll find this with the jams)
  • 140g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 large ripe pears Pear pairLike apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a… (we used Conference)
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 50g pecan Pecan pee-kanRelated to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red… nuts, reserve 10 and chop the rest
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda Bicarbonate of sodaBicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 2 eggs Egg eggThe ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a… , beaten
  • 85g light muscovado sugar
  • 150ml brandy Brandy bran-deeBrandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

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