Pear and Almond Sponge

A real tasty and slimming friendly cake, this Pear and Almond Sponge is just the ticket when calorie counting or following plans like Weight Watchers!

We get asked quite often about why we started Pinch of Nom. One of the main reasons was because we got sick of trying slimming 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 Pear and Almond Sponge.

Pear and Almond Sponge | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

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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 106 calories a slice too.

We use a granulated sweetener with the same weight and sweetness as sugar. This means you can easily substitute it for the real stuff if you prefer!

There are lots of high quality granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.

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Pear and Almond Sponge

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Prep Time

Cooking Time

slices 20 minutes 35 minutes




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 low calorie 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

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