100 grams butter, melted
2 x #7 eggs (large)
finely grated zest 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup plain gluten-free or regular flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
100 grams ground almonds
¼ cup caster sugar
¼ cup light muscovado sugar
3 small pears, halved and cored
2 tablespoons flaked almonds
2 tablespoons raw sugar
icing sugar for dusting
thick plain yoghurt (optional)
coconut sugar (optional)
whipped cream (optional)
6 standard muffin tins, greased and lined fully with baking paper (Bring the paper up the sides of the tins. Press it firmly against the sides, pleating where necessary.)
Preheat the oven to 180˚C fan bake.
Cakes: Whisk the butter, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla together.
Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger and cardamom together in a large bowl then stir in the salt, ground almonds and both sugars.
Add the egg mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until combined.
Divide the mixture evenly between the tins.
To assemble: Cut the pears into 1cm slices and place 3 slices standing up in each cake. Scatter with the almonds, then the sugar.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes until the tops are golden and the cakes are puffed and risen.
Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar, along with thick plain yoghurt with a little coconut sugar sprinkled over the top, or softly whipped cream. Makes 6