Almond, apple and pear sponge

  • for 6 people
  • Takes 25 minutes to make and 50 minutes to cook
A fragrant and fruity sponge recipe. For extra decadence, serve with clotted cream.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving: 518kcals, 26.4g fat (11.5g saturated), 8.5g protein, 66.1g carbs, 50.9g sugar, 0.6g salt

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2 (about 500g) Bramley apples
500g British pears
Juice of ½ lemon
85g caster sugar
1 tbsp rosewater

(sh)For the topping
115g butter, softened
115g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
100g self-raising flour
75g ground almonds
3 medium free-range eggs, beaten
½ tsp almond extract


1. Preheat the oven to 180°c/fan160°c/gas 4. Peel, core and chop the apples and pears and put into a bowl with the lemon juice. Add the sugar and the rosewater and mix thoroughly, then tip into a 1.5-litre pie dish.
2. Make the topping. In a large bowl, beat the butter and the sugar until pale and fluffy. In another bowl, mix together the flour and almonds. Beat a third of the eggs into the butter, then a third of the flour mixture. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up. Add the almond extract and spread over the fruit – it doesn’t matter if there are a few holes. Bake for 50 minutes or until the topping has risen into a golden sponge. Sprinkle with extra sugar and serve warm or at room temperature.

  • You can use concord, comice or conference pears to make this recipe.

From March 2009

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