Rich Almond and Pear Cake
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Ingredients

Cake

  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 5  egg whites
  • 3 or 4 firm-fleshed pears

Caramel

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2/3 cup double cream
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau

Temperature: 350 ° F

Instructions

Rich Cake:
Mix the flour wiht the two kinds of sugar and the ground almonds. Heat the butter in a saucepan until it is a nice golden brown. Whip the egg whites until stiff. Mix the butter and egg whites with the first mixture, working it all in well with a spatula. Peel the pears, remove core and seeds and thinly slice. Pour 2/3 of the mixture into the dish. Spread the pears evenly on top, then cover with the rest of the mixture.

Tip: You can keep back a few pear slices to garnish the top.

Place in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees (gas mark 6) and cook for 30 minutes.

Caramel:
Place the caster sugar in an Emile Henry casserole directly on a medium-hot burner. When it has turned into a nice-looking brown caramel, remove from the heat and delicately mix in the cream. Then add the Cointreau.

After leaving the cake to rest for a while, turn it out. Cut into pieces and lay attractively on an Emile Henry cake plate. Pour a thin stream of caramel ove the pieces, using half the quantity.

Serve the rest of the caramel in a sauce boat for your guests.

Recipe for 6 - 8 servings.

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