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Easy Gingered Pear Almond Honey Cakes for Bonfire Night

Pear Almond Honey Cakes

Autumn pears, fragrant honey and warming ginger come together for an easy bonfire night bake. These gingered pear almond honey cakes are not only delicious, but are easily portable. They’re  the perfect antidote to overhyped Halloween and its transatlantic excesses. They can be eaten whilst watching the bonfire flames dance and the Catherine wheels spin – no tricks, just treats.

These almond honey cakes came about as a result of a failed attempt at making almond nut butter. I will be posting about this and its serendipitous love child later this month. Suffice it to say, the end result was totally worth it. I used some of my nut butter to make these cakes, but have given a slightly easier method here so you don’t have to make my version of nut butter first. I was putting my new Optimum G2.3 platinum series induction blender through its paces, but my trusty Optimum 9200A would have worked equally as well.

Pear Almond Honey Cakes

The cakes, whilst not entirely sugar free, are made with a modest amount of honey and a small addition of crystallised ginger. As well as being low in sugar, they are low in fat too with only one tbsp of coconut oil. The pears helped to sweeten the cakes, as well as giving them a nice texture. Almonds are always a good addition to a cake in my book. A little warming ginger combines beautifully with the other flavours and keeps the cockles of the heart glowing in the cold night air.

Easy Gingered Pear Almond Honey Cakes
Yields 9
Easy to make almond cakes flavoured with pear and honey and a gentle amount of ginger. Portable and perfect for bonfire night and other autumnal gatherings.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 75g whole almonds
  2. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  3. 3 small pears - cored but not peeled
  4. 3 tbsp honey
  5. 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
  6. 125g golden wholemeal (or half wholemeal, half plain)
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 1 tsp ground ginger
  9. 25g crystallised ginger - chopped
  10. 1 tsp demerara sugar
Instructions
  1. Grind the almonds in a blender or food processor (I used my Optimum G2.3).
  2. Add two of the pears along with the coconut oil and blend for a minute or two or until the pears are pureed.
  3. Add the honey and eggs and blend again until well mixed.
  4. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Make a well in the centre, then pour in the nut batter and gently mix in stirring from the inside outwards.
  5. Stir in the crystallised ginger.
  6. Divide the mixture between 9 cupcake cases.
  7. Thinly slice the remaining pear and arrange on top of the cakes.
  8. Sprinkle a little of the sugar over each one.
  9. Bake at 180℃ for 20 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Notes
  1. Great cakes for eating around the fire on Bonfire Night.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Tea Time Treats LogoI’m sending these easy gingered pear almond honey cakes off to Jo’s Kitchen and Lavender and Lovage for this month’s Tea Time Treats. The theme is Halloween and Bonfire Night treats.

 

 

Bake of the Week LogoThese bonfire night cakes also go to Bake of the Week at Casa Costello

 

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Pear Almond Honey Cakes

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    25th October 2016

    They are fantastic, Choclette. I love that you made this low fat, low sugar and low calories..absolutely my kind of tea time treat.

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      Choclette
      26th October 2016

      Thanks Angie. I’m not sure almonds can be classed as low calorie, but it is all good fat 🙂

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    Nayna Kanabar
    25th October 2016

    What a lovely combination of ingredients. I am sure the cakes would have tasted amazing.

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    Janice
    25th October 2016

    What a lovely idea, beautiful ingredients, perfectly combined. Thanks too for sharing my upside down cake

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      Choclette
      26th October 2016

      Thanks Janice. It’s amazing what comes out of other failed recipes 😉

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    Jen
    25th October 2016

    A fantastic seasonal bake. Pears are so delicious with honey and almonds, love the slices of pear on top of the cakes.

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      Choclette
      26th October 2016

      Yes, they’d have looked a bit boring without the pears I reckon.

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    Dom
    27th October 2016

    Pear and Almond! HELLO!! These look rather fabulous don’t they. I love what you write about The transatlantic excess of Halloween. I mean I love Halloween but of course there will always be a place in my heart for Bonfire Night

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      Choclette
      28th October 2016

      Well that was a CTism, he’s even more anti than me. But I love Bonfire night. I’ll let you have one or two of these for Halloween though, just because I love you Dom.

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      Choclette
      28th October 2016

      They were amazingly good considering they were a by product of a mistake.

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    nadia
    28th October 2016

    They look really delicious Choclette! 😀 Love the flavour combination.

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      Choclette
      28th October 2016

      Thanks Nadia. I was quite pleased with them, especially as I’d no intention of baking at all when I started.

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      Choclette
      30th October 2016

      They only came about because I couldn’t manage to make nut butter Aimee, but I don’t regret it, they were delicious.

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    HodgePodgeDays
    31st October 2016

    Like you I love ginger in cakes and these look so delicious. My mouth is watering just looking at them!

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    1st November 2016

    It wouldn’t be Bonfire Night around here without some sort of ginger treat and these look just perfect! Thanks also for mentioning my Pear & Pecan Cake aswell as joining in with #BakeoftheWeek – Great to have you on board.

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    Heidi Roberts
    3rd November 2016

    These would be perfect for my morning coffee – I could pop a few straight in!!

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    Glamorous Glutton
    7th November 2016

    These look delicious, so good that they are low sugar and fat. I’m with you I love a little almond in my cakes. GG

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      Choclette
      8th November 2016

      Thanks GG. It certainly makes a change to be able to eat cake and not feel bad about it. Mind you, I’m not sure I ever feel bad about it 😉

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      Choclette
      8th November 2016

      Thanks Becca. Autumn is such a good excuse for making lots of delicious bakes and comfort food.

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      Choclette
      30th November 2016

      Yay! Unless I know I’m in for a really sweet hit, like fudge, I prefer to taste the flavours of my cakes and biscuits and not be overwhelmed with sugar.

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    Eb Gargano
    16th February 2017

    Oh wow, Choclette, these sound amazing – I love all the ingredients and I especially like that they are low in sugar. Definitely pinning these on my must make board. Eb x

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      Choclette
      16th February 2017

      Gosh, where did these spring from? I’d completely forgotten about them. But now you come to mention them … 🙂

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