Pear and Cinnamon Sponge Pudding

The first of the Autumn puddings

Autumn nudges through the chill of the earliest morning. I knew things had changed when I noticed my friends tree dripping with pears. Instead of salad my thoughts turned to warm puddings with pouring cream, so we celebrated the oncoming season with this recipe lightly spiced pear dotted sponge.

Cinnamon Pear Sponge

3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
120 g butter, melted
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt

1-2 cups pear halves, poached or canned

2 tbsp raw brown sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180ºC or 160ºC for fan bake.

1. Beat together sugar and eggs until really pale and fluffy (best to use an electric beater) or whisk by hand for a good 5 minutes.
2. Add butter, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, fold quickly to form a batter.
3. Pour batter into a greased baking dish and drop in pear halves. Sprinkle top with sugar and cinnamon.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to one hour until springs back lightly to touch.

Cooking Temp: 170 ºC or 150ºC fan bake
Cooking Time: 45 minutes - one hour
Prep Time: 10 minutes

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