3.5 Syn a Slice Pear and Almond Sponge | Slimming World

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.

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.

We use Sukrin Gold which is an all-natural granulated stevia sweetener alternative to sugar with zero calories. You can grab Sukrin Gold over onAmazon UK.

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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.

3.5 Syn a Slice Pear and Almond Sponge

We use also Sukrin 1 which is an all-natural granulated stevia sweetener alternative to sugar with zero calories. You can grab Sukrin 1 over onAmazon UK as well.

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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3.5 Syn a Slice Pear and Almond Sponge

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Cooking Time

slices 20 minutes 35 minutes



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106kcal 2

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  1. Peel the pears, cut them in half lengthways and scoop out any pips (I use a melon baller to do this)
  2. Place the pears in a pan of water and add the nutmeg. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer until the pears are soft. Remove them from the water and set aside cool (you can do this in advance)
  3. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line the base of a 9in cake pan with baking parchment and spray with Frylight cooking spray.
  4. When the pears are cool cut them into slices and arrange them neatly on the bottom of the cake pan
  5. In a one bowl, whisk the eggs, granulated sweetener, and almond extract until the mixture is thick and leaves a trail. This will take quite a while but be patient
  6. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and ground almonds and fold into the egg mixture with a metal spoon
  7. Spoon this mixture on top of the cooked pears, then place in the oven, and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake has risen and is just firm to the touch (Insert a skewer and if it comes out clean the sponge is ready)
  8. When the sponge is cooked remove from the oven and leave it in the cake pan for 10 minutes, then remove it and allow to cool. Cut into 10 equal pieces and serve warm or cold with a vanilla or banana & custard Muller Light on top, or with some low fat creme fraiche for 0.5 syns per tbsp

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  1. Looks amazing, must try this and take a taste to my slimming world group on Thursday. I would make this gluten free, by using some sukrin coconut flour, would only need 75g, as thud us more fiberous than SRFlour, which would reduce the syns by 9 and 1/2. I agree about the sukrin gold, bought some and used some in a batch of blueberry porridge oat muffins which I had for breakfast last week.

    1. Hi Janet,
      Sukrin Gold is quite a new discovery for us, but we have become huge fans! To be honest we’ve not used coconut, or almond flour, in any of our recipes before, but we’ve heard lots of good things recently (especially the lower syn value) so we’ll definitely be trying it out in some new recipes soon.

    1. Hi Emma
      Apologies! The recipe was changed to reflect the fact that other granulated sweeteners were available. It’s now been amended and should be clearer for you. 🙂

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