Pear and Almond Sponge

  • 20MINS
  • 35MINS
  • 106KCAL

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!

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories106
  • Carbs13g
  • Protein4g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars2g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

This Pear and Almond Sponge is a proper cake that is still slimming – not like some of the overly eggy, dense and definitely not taste tested slimming recipes you might find elsewhere! It tastes beautiful and goes excellently with reduced fat cream if you’re feeling a little bit indulgent (and at 106 Calories per portion, you can probably afford to be) – though it goes equally as well with just a nice cup of tea!

You can keep this Pear and Almond Sponge in the fridge for a day or so, but it is best eaten as soon as possible.

What diets is this Pear and Almond Sponge suitable for?

This Pear and Almond Sponge recipe is suitable for vegetarian and dairy free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Pear and Almond Sponge recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Pear and Almond Sponge recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Pear and Almond Sponge recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Pear and Almond Sponge recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Pear and Almond Sponge?

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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!

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.

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

How many Calories are in this Pear and Almond Sponge?

There are 106 Calories per portion in this Pear and Almond Sponge, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Pear and Almond Sponge is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Peel the pears, cut them in half lengthways and scoop out any pips (we use a melon baller to do this).

Step 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).

Step 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.

Step 4

When the pears are cool cut them into slices and arrange them neatly on the bottom of the cake pan.

Step 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.

Step 6

In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and ground almonds and fold into the egg mixture with a metal spoon.

Step 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).

Step 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 your choice of accompaniment.

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How do you know when Pear and Almond Sponge is cooked?

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).

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Pear and Almond Sponge in the fridge?

If you allow any leftovers, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Pear and Almond Sponge in the fridge for approximately 3 days.

Can I freeze Pear and Almond Sponge?

We do not recommend freezing this recipe.

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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!
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    35 MINS
  • KCals 106
  • Carbs 13G
WW Points
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 5 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 125 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 25 g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp almond extract or Essence
  • 200 g pears peeled and cored
  • 1 pinch nutmeg grated or ground
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Peel the pears, cut them in half lengthways and scoop out any pips (we 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 to 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 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 your choice of accompaniment.

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EmmaTuesday 17th April 2018

Hi… please could you explain why granulated sweetener is in the ingredient list twice??
Thanks v much
Em xx

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