I try and avoid baking just for myself and the OH, because my already precarious waist-line would inevitably suffer even further. So when I went home over the weekend I took some of the two varieties of Cucumber Cake that I had previously made. Although it was agreed that the cakes were maybe no the first choice of flavour they would go for, there were still a lot of positive remarks. I’ve become rather keen on the basic cake mix for the Cucumber Cake in my last post. The concept might be something of an acquired taste, but the texture and moistness were pretty perfect!
And so there came a Parental cake request, this time from Mum: a Pear and Cardamom Cake. And I was delighted to see if it would work. And it did – rather well! The process was exactly the same as with the Cucumber Cake, but replace the cucumber with the same quantity of grated pear (preferably still quite firm) and add the crushed seeds of 5 cardamom pods. Simple! I would probably go further and add a couple of tablespoons of a pear liqueur just to bring out the flavour.
And I’m quite proud of the picture to go with it this time; thank goodness for sunny gardens for a bit of set-dressing!
So I think I might stick with variations on this recipe for another bake (as a treat for work colleagues) – I’m thinking perhaps an Apple and Elderflower Cake. After that I think I’m going to have to move on to something new – maybe biscuits or traybake.
Also, while I remember, I have signed up to Foodie Penpals this month – and I’m really quite excited about the package of goodies winging it’s way to me as I type 😀 I’m planning to get my package together over the weekend to send on to my penpal – a mix of healthy and naughty goodies has been planned and I’m quite looking forward to getting it all together!