Sunday, 24 June 2012

caramelised pear, roasted walnuts and goats cheese cake



... i've been wracking my brain, thinking about how I can use the wonderful Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese in a sweet dish... but I realise i've been trying too hard... goats cheese has a natural affinity with sweetness... it works beautifully with figs and has that creamy consistency which is perfect for baking with sugar...


... I have always loved a challenge too... when I was at fashion college (yes folks - I do indeed have a masters degree in fashion design from a famous London fashion school) one of my favourite tasks was when we were all given a large box filled with fabric remnants and had 3 chances to dip-in and pull out fabric... we then had to make an outfit with those fabrics only... ahh such fond memories of that pacer-mint striped Dior-inspired dress and cape... and so it is with the #CapricornChallenge hamper... to use ingredients given to you and be as creative as you dare...


caramelised pear, roasted walnuts and goats cheese cake
... two classic goats cheese friendly ingredients from the hamper are conference pears and walnut pieces... and here they are in a sweet cake with a twist... I love this cake because its one of those cakes which is more like a pudding and can be eaten warm with custard or chilled with cream... divine!

1lb pears - peeled and diced
8oz light brown sugar
6oz butter or margarine
2 eggs - beaten
2 tablespoons milk
9oz self raising flour
100g walnut pieces
100g goats cheese - rind cut off and crumbled
1 teaspoon cinnamon

- pre heat the oven to 180C and lay the walnut pieces out on a baking tray, sprinkled with a little sugar and bake for 8 minutes

- place a nob of butter in a pan, add 2oz of the sugar and let it melt for 5-8 mins

- add the pears, stir and let them caramelise for 8 mins

- in a large bowl, cream the butter and remaining sugar, add half the eggs, combine and then half the flour and combine, add the rest of the egg followed by the rest of the flour and cinnamon and stir

- add the milk to slacken then stir in the walnuts, goats cheese and pears

- pour the batter into a large, greased and lined, loose-bottomed spring-form tin and bake in the oven for 45 mins or until golden and risen

eat and of course, enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. That is so inventive and now we know how Random Recipes idea came from, even if subconsciously!

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  2. This sounds wonderful. I love the idea that its sweet yet also slightly savoury.

    Would love to see a photo of your material dress if you have one!

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  3. GREAT goaty recipe Dom and I LOVE goat's cheese in cakes and bakes....Hannah my daughter made a pear and goat's cheese tarte tatin and I may have a go at that...I also have two more goaty recipes up my sleeve......one baked and one not baked, LOVING this Capricorn Challenge! Karen......LOVELY recipe darlink, did you get my email? xxx

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  4. Pears and Cheese...that's made in Heaven!!
    Happy Sunday and Happy Soccer Match tonight xox

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  5. Love the pear and goats cheese in your cake!It looks so moist and delicious :)

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  6. This cake sounds wonderful - a great use of the ingredients. I hope the cinnamon didn't overwhelm the other more delicate flavours

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  7. Wow cheese in a cake...and a fashion degree...you are a man of many talents! This sounds really interesting...I'd love to try a slice! :-)

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  8. Wow! This looks and sounds delicious! I'm wondering if I can do a paleo version!

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  9. Wow! This looks and sounds delicious! I'm wondering if I can do a paleo version!

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  10. Yum! Am planning my sweet goat cheese recipe this week too. This cake has such great flavours. Wonderful

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  11. You're killing me with all these delicious recipes this week! What a delicious cake! I'll be making this!!!

    Have a great week!

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  12. So good, I am now feeling suitably slack in getting my posts out for the Capricorn Challenge. This is sounding good to me Dom but even better is the revelation about you and fashion college. Think you have a lot of creativity in you and bet you have a very decent wardrobe!

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  13. This sounds really great - I love the quirkiness of using goats cheese in a cake. It's brilliant! Not an obvious one, but I bet it tastes delicious. Will have to give it a go! :D

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  14. Sounds delicious! Must give it a try soon.

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  15. Great idea! I used to teach outdoor skills and camping stove cookery to youth groups, and one of the best activities we did was when they split into groups, given a selection of random ingredients, and told to make a two course meal on their camping stoves. Being forced into creativity in that way is so much fun! Mind you this looks a heck of a lot more delicious than most of the kids' creations!!!!!

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  16. Ha ha ha, a fashion designer - I'm falling off my chair here!!!

    Your cake sounds fabulous Dom. I must now add goat's cheese cake to my list. I bet it went really well with the pears and walnuts - almost sounds like a cheeseboard.

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    1. what? I was a very good fashion designer...!

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  17. I never tried pear and goat cheese combo. This has been baked to perfection and so tempting! Thanks so much for your sweet comment Dom.

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  18. Wow goats cheese in a cake! Awesome, really unusual!

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  19. this sounds like such a perfect combination. goat's cheese, pear, walnuts. AND all in cake. nice one Dom!

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  20. I would never have thought to put goats cheese in a cake. It marries well with the pear and walnuts too. Fabulous bake.

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  21. this cake looks amazing - sounds just perfect for impressing visitors - though I suspect I would want to just have it all to myself

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