This was a frantic, post-work Thursday bake – The Roleplayers meet every Friday and I knew that this particular delight takes a good hour in the oven so there wouldn’t be time after work on Friday.
I was putting things away after the last procrastinate and found that I had somehow managed to acquire three different packets of muscovado sugar – a couple of boxes, a battered-looking bag. All partially used *frown* which is a clear sign of failure to check the cupboard before doing one’s online shop. So, I set myself a challenge to use at least one of them up and headed over to the Good Food website to use its ingredient search/meal type filter. 62 different recipes to choose from. Cor.
I consulted with Jef and we were both keen on the pear and ginger muffins but as I’d done muffins last week and was out of cases, I decided to play around with a different recipe and hopefully achieve something lovely: some crumbly, sweet and spicy, nutty and squidgy slices. It’s based on this recipe, but I made some changes, of course.
- 250g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
- 250g self-raising flour
- 125g ground almonds
- 4 tsp ground ginger
- 125g light muscovado sugar
- 400g tub of pears in juice
- 85g caster sugar, plus extra
- 2 tsp ground ginger (yep, more!)
- 50g flaked almonds
- Sprinkling ginger
- Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
- Line a 22 x 22cm baking tin with baking parchment.
- Rub the butter into the flour, ground almonds, ginger and sugar to make crumbs, then firmly press two-thirds onto the base and sides of the tin. Slice the pears into large chunks and scatter over the base.
- Mix the flaked almonds into the remaining crumbs, then scatter over the gooseberries.
- Bake for 30-45 mins until golden. Dredge with caster sugar and sprinkling ginger, then cool in the tin.
- Cut into 12 squares – the ones I made are VERY VERY crumbly – to the point where if I hadn’t promised to use them as with-a-cuppa-slices I’d suggest they ended up in a bowl with custard instead. Be warned!
Thursday – baking day – is becoming my favourite one of the week – I know it’s silly, but I look forward to it all day. I hope the recipients of my procrastination efforts enjoy their role in the proceedings as much as I enjoy myself!