We get asked quite often about why we started Pinch of Nom. One of the main reasons was because we got sick of trying recipes that rather obviously hadn’t been tried and tested. The cake recipes we tried were on the whole pretty bad. Eggy, artificial in taste – and nothing resembling a “proper” cake. So we came up with this 3.5 Syn a Slice Pear and Almond Sponge.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
There isn’t really much to say about this cake, apart from it’s blooming amazing! Proper cake, tastes beautiful and excellent with a vanilla Muller Light! Only 3.5 syns a slice too, bargain.
Sukrin Gold doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the exact same sweetness and weight to sugar – which makes it really easy to substitute in recipes like this 3.5 Syn a Slice Pear and Almond Sponge.
If you are using a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.
That being said you don’t have to use Sukrin – there are lots of other high quality granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.
Synning the sweetener
As you will probably know Slimming World have brought out new recommendations last year regarding the Syn value of granulated sweeteners.
This means that where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend members count 0.5 Syn per tbsp. If using smaller amounts, like a pinch or teaspoon, there’s no need to worry about Syns at all.
The recipe for this 3.5 Syn a Slice Pear and Almond Sponge uses 7.5 tablespoons of sweetener and is divided into 10 portions. That’s less than a tablespoon per portion, so there’s no need to add any syns on for the sweetener itself.
You will also need a 9 inch round silicone cake tin (you can get them from Amazon). Silicone is ideal, no need to grease a tin. But, if you have to grease – use a few sprays of frylight.
Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Coconut or Avocado Oil flavours are ideal for this 3.5 Syn a Slice Pear and Almond Sponge recipe.
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