Flourless California Walnut cake with poached pears

29 August 2017 by
First published: 13 September 2017

This flourless, gluten free cake perfectly showcases the flavour of California walnuts – serve with poached pears and crème fraîche for a show stopping dessert or team time treat.

Ingredients (serves 8)

For the cake:

Butter for greasing

350g California walnuts

Zest of 1 lemon

4 eggs

225g golden caster sugar

1tbsp icing sugar

For the poached pears:

4 ripe conference pears

8 cardamom pods

Pinch of saffron

Juice of 1 lemon

150g caster sugar

250ml water

Greek yoghurt or crème fraiche to serve.


Preheat the oven to 180°C, grease and line the base of a 9-inch cake tin with a circle of baking parchment.

Place the walnuts into a food processor and blitz until you have a flour like consistency.

Separate the eggs into 2 mixing bowls.

Whisk the egg yolks, lemon zest and caster sugar with an electric hand whisk until pale and creamy, then whisk the egg white to stiff peaks.

Mix the blended walnuts into the egg yolks, then fold in the egg whites.

Spoon the cake mixture into your prepared cake tin, place on the middle shelve of the oven, and bake for 35-40 minutes (or until cooked in the centre and risen).

Meanwhile, peel the pears and cut in half, scooping out the core with a melon baller or teaspoon, and bruise the cardamom pods.

Add the peeled pears, saffron, cardamom pods, lemon juice, caster sugar and water to a medium sized saucepan over a low heat and poach the pears for 15-20 minutes, or until soft and infused.

Slice the cake into 8, and serve each slice with a poached pear on the side and a blob of Greek yogurt or crème fraîche.

Recipe courtesy of California Walnuts

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