I think it can be hard to care, because when we care it hurts.
I was thinking about different ways of caring today, and how people express them. My lovely friends last night, talk so much when they care (which I love.) They get sad, they get angry and they get passionate. When I care, my very first instinct is to bake. I know that sounds strange, but when something sad happens to someone I love, the first thing I thing is "I'll make them a cake." I know logically this doesn't solve any issues or problems....but its my little way of showing I care.
So I'll post a pear and caramel cake recipe.......because, really I DO care a lot.
The other things that have been going on in my life are lots breakfasts with my housemate. She thinks living with me is like having moved into a cafe........which makes me laugh.
Anyway, enough of me..........here is a cake recipe for you. Its delicious. I'm sorry there is no photo of it. We ate the cake before I got the chance, so that will just have to stand as testament to how good it was. The recipe is from a book called 'The Good Life,' but I changed it a little bit. I totally recommend checking it out.
Caramelised pear Cake
You will need:
- 2 pears cut into small dice
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 120 g caster sugar
- 1 tbs of baking powder
- 140g of melted butter
- 160g plain flour
- 120g unsalted butter
- 400g caster sugar
- 5 pears, peeled, cored and quartered
What to do:
- Preheat your oven to 160
- Oil and line a cake tin with baking paper
- To make the caramel melt the butter in a pot, add the sugar and stir on a low heat until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Turn the caramel to high and cook without stirring until it reaches a golden caramel colour.
- Add the pear quarters (the juice from the pears will stop the caramel from cooking too much) Cook in the pan for 10 minutes tossing ever so often.
- Remove the pears from the pan and layer on the bottom of the tin so it makes a nice pattern. Reserve the remaining caramel.
- To make the cake whisk together the sugar and eggs with an electric beater until thick and pale.
- Sift in the baking powder, flour and cinnamon. Fold together carefully.
- Drizzle in the butter and fold together.
- Add the pear that has been diced and fold together.
- Tip mix onto of the pears in the tin and flatten with an offset spatular.
- Pour in the remaining caramel
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling wrack or plate.