Last week I was enjoying the gorgeous stories and photos on this lovely blog when I came across a flavour combination I was unaware of: Basil and Pear. Andrea had the most beautiful pictures of her basil and pear cake that the urge to try it myself was too much. Knowing my man friend’s penchant for basil and his window-potted garden of it totally obscuring the view of the neighbours, I knew I had plenty at hand as well.
2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
12-15 large basil leaves washed and roughly torn
55 grams of softened butter
2 pears, grated
Sift flour, baking powder & soda, salt and ginger into a large mixing bowl. Add brown sugar and combine.
Add butter pear, basil and eggs. Combine well.
Pour batter into a greased round cake tin (add sliced pear to top of batter) and bake for 45-50 minutes at 180 c
The flavour and texture was reminiscent of banana or carrot cake with just a hint of mild basil. The combination of pear and ginger is just perfect. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or double cream (it’s also great cold with a cup of coffee). Enjoy!