Recipe

Greek walnut and spice cake with red wine pears

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Greekwalnutandspicecake with red wine pears
  • 4 small_piece (720g) firm corella pears
  • 3 cup (660g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 3 cup (750ml) red wine
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 300 gram walnuts, roasted lightly
  • 1 cup (70g) fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground star anise
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 125 gram butter, melted

Method

Greek walnuta and spice cake with red wine pears
  • 1
    Peel pears, keeping stalks attached, cut in half. Place sugar, wine, whole star anise and cinnamon sticks in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium heat stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to low, simmer for 5 minutes. Add pears and cover with a round of baking paper and a small heatproof plate to keep pears submerged. Simmer for 15 minutes or until just tender. Cool.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease a 22cm (9-inch) springform pan and line base and side with baking paper.
  • 3
    Pulse nuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Place nuts in a large bowl with breadcrumbs, baking powder and ground spices, stir until combined.
  • 4
    Beat egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add nut mixture and mix well. Fold in butter. Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites into cake mixture in two batches. Pour mixture into pan.
  • 5
    Bake cake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand cake in pan for 10 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 6
    Place 2 cups of pear poaching liquid in a small saucepan and simmer, over medium heat, for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  • 7
    Place cake on a cake stand or plate, top with pears and syrup.

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