Pear & Macadamia Cake

Just the smell of this cake baking in the oven is enough to make me want to climb right into it. Spicy cinnamon, caramelising pear, earthy nuts – the flavours are so enveloping, it’s as if I’m being hugged by a cake.  This is the kind of cake that makes you wish for a rainy Sunday afternoon, a really good book and jazz in the background. It’s what happy days are made of.


3 cups self-raising flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¾ cup of macadamia nut oil

2 cups brown sugar

3 eggs

2 pears, peeled and diced

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease two loaf tins and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, sieve together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Set aside.

Cream the macadamia nut oil, sugar and eggs together. Add to the flour mixture and mix. Stir in the pears, vanilla and macadamia nuts.

Spoon the mixture into the greased loaf tins and bake for about 45 minutes. To check if it’s ready, insert a knife or skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s done.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Turn out of the tins and allow to cool completely before serving.

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