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Sweet Pear Sponge

For my bake this week I decided to turn back to one of my favourite recipe books. I love the Marks & Spencers Simply Baking book because its recipes use ingredients that most of us have in our cupboard home. Since I was unable to decide which recipe was my favourite, I decided to start from the beginning with this sweet pear sponge.

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INGREDIENTS
175g/6 oz butter, softened
175g/6 oz soft brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
150g/5½ oz self-raising flour, sifted
15g/½ oz cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk
2 small pears, peeled, cored & sliced

METHOD 

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, ensuring the shelving is centre. Grease and line a 23cm/8inch loose-bottomed cake tin.

2. In a bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until pale and creamy.

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3. Gradually add the beaten eggs. Ensure that you beat the mix throughly as steadily add the eggs.

4. Sieve the self-raising flour and cocoa powder into the cake batter and folder gently until the ingredients are combined.

5. Stir in the milk.

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6. Spoon the mixture into your prepared cake tin. Smooth the top with a spoon or knife.

7. Arrange the pear slices on top.

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(Hopefully you’ll do a better job at slicing the pears than I did!)

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8. Bake in the centre of the oven for roughly 1 hour or until the cake is firm to touch.

9. Leave to cool in the tin before transferring to a wire rack.

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Enjoy!

- Charlotte x

| Recipe from Simply Baking at M&S |

Unfortunately, since the book is a little old now, I’m unable to point you in the direction of this specific book, however if you are looking for a new recipe book, I’d highly recommend that you check out the M&S baking range.

| Previous Recipe White Chocolate Blondies |

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