Recipe

Poached pear pudding

This recipe tastes as good as it looks. Tender pears poached in a sugar syrup then baked in a sweet pudding batter. It really doesn't get any better!

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Poached pear pudding
  • 3 cup water
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 4 small under-ripe pears, peeled
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 150 gram butter, melted, cooled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • vanilla ice-cream, to serve

Method

Poached pear podding
  • 1
    In a medium saucepan, place water, sugar and vanilla. Stir on medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  • 2
    Add pears, ensuring they are covered with syrup - add extra water as required. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 25-30 minutes, until pears are just tender. Drain, cool slightly and cut pears in half lengthways.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease an 8-cup baking dish.
  • 4
    In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and ginger. Stir sugar through. Make well in centre, then gradually stir in butter and eggs to form a smooth batter.
  • 5
    Pour pudding mixture into dish. Arrange pears in mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes, until just set. Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream.

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