Italian pear almond cake

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It’s nearly three weeks since I made this cake. Since going back to work weekends have been a bit manic with mock SATs tests to mark and Moonwalk training walks to squeeze in. After the Easter holidays (which feels like a lifetime ago now) I decided we needed some cake to ease us back into the new term. I had accumulated quite a few pears and thought I better try using some of them up. I found this recipe via Pinterest. It suggests that it is more pear than cake so if you’re not keen on pears it’s probably not the recipe for you! I made this and a white chocolate and pear muffin loaf. I thought the muffin loaf would be more popular but this was the first to go. It was definitely a hit in the staffroom. Due to the ground almonds this sponge is lovely and moist and perfect for anytime of the day.
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Almond and plum slice

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Last year I made this yellow plum and vanilla jam and it has sat in the fridge ever since not being used! We are in the process of having a new kitchen and recently bought an integrated fridge/freezer which is smaller than our old one. In the process of trying to cram everything into the new fridge I decided I really had to use this jam. At the time of making it, I had seen this Jo Wheatley recipe which used plum jam. I decided it was time to give it a go. I love Jo’s recipes – there always simple and taste fantastic.
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