Author Notes: I came across cardamom-pistachio sugar in a little herb and spice shop in Melbourne, and have found that it makes for a lovely moist tea cake when combined with pears and almond flour. - KateAlice. —KateAlice.
Food52 Review: These cakes have a pleasantly soft and tender texture which is the perfect background for the flavorful pistachio-cardamom topping. I'm glad I made extra of the topping because now I want to sprinkle everything with it! Please note that the cakes are quite moist and sticky, meaning they might be difficult to get out of some molds. I used a silicone muffin pan, though, and had no problem popping them out. - vrunka —vrunka
Makes 4 small cakes
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup minus 2 tablespoons blonde cane sugar (aka raw caster sugar)
- 1 tablespoon ground cardamom and crushed pistachio
- 2/3 cup almond meal/flour
- 1 ripe pear
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground cardamom and crushed pistachio, extra
- Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C and grease or line either one small cake pan or 4 friand/muffin moulds
- Peel the pear. Cut half of it into thin slices. Use a fork to crush the other half in a small bowl.
- Beat the egg whites until they are foamy, but not stiff peaks. Put to one side
- In a medium bowl, combine the sugar with the almond flour
- Add the grapeseed oil and vanilla extract to the mashed pear and combine
- Add this mixture to the flour and using a wooden spoon, stir to combine
- Add the egg and continue to stir, making sure it is well combined
- Pour the batter into moulds/cake pan
- Bake for 20 minutes, then add the remaining pear slices and top with extra cardamom and crushed pistachios. Bake for a further 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove and let cool before unmoulding.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Gluten-Free Baked Good