April 02, 2011

Quince, Pear and Apple Cake


I love using spices in baking and my favourites include cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and clove. All of these go perfectly well with fruit such as quince, pear and apple - which brings us to this cake. I wanted to try this recipe not just because of the spice mix, but also because it's gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free. It really is an ideal crowd pleaser and tastes lovely with a nice cup of tea. 

Quince, Apple and Pear Cake
(Recipe adapted from Terry Walters' Clean Start)

1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup potato starch
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup peeled and coarsely grated pear
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 big quince (or 1 small), finely sliced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat your oven to 180C and grease a 20cm springform pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into dry and fold to combine.

5. Pour the the cake dough into the prepared pan and top with the quince slices. Mix together the brown sugar and extra cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture on top of the cake.

6. Bake the cake for 50-60 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.




42 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful cake, and I love that it's gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free too! I want a piece of this with a nice cup of tea for an afternoon snack.

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  2. Using spices in cakes is divine. I love the dark & rich colour of this one

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  3. Holy-moley that looks divine. And I just bought chickpea flour! Yes! :)

    P.S. I awarded you the Stylish Blogger award on my blog.

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  4. That cake is splendid! What an awesome combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. wow! this is just beautiful! can I live in your kitchen?

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  6. This looks truly perfect, I am always in awe of your creations.

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  7. Such a pretty cake and one of my favorite types of desserts! Even though you're transitioning into Fall our Spring seems to take forever to come and I still have some storage apples and pears around to make this cake!

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  8. Such a lovely cake! Apple cake is always so delicious but I can imagine how much more with quince and pears and all those spices!

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  9. How very lovely. The recipe and your photos of the cake are really grand. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  10. I LOVE you, Maria! This is wonderful. Gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free? This is like my dream cake. I should be trying this soon!

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  11. what an extraordinary cake with unusual flours and a rich mix of flavors; to try for sure in the near future; I have stocked my pantry with at least one of these flours, the chick pea one.

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  12. I love a good apple cake. Sometime it's the simplest of cakes without any frosting that are teh most satisfying

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  13. Your recipes are always amazing and mouthwatering...Aspiring to become a baker/pastry chef, I have to try this cake...I hate chickpea flour used for baking, but this cake is so rich that I'm sure I'll find it wonderful even if I don't like chickpeaflour...

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  14. Oh Maria, you hit the buttons again with this one. It looks as thought you hit just the right notes of spicy and sweet. :-)

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  15. Splendid indeed... I'm not too familiar with chickpea flour... it's quite lovely really.

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  16. What an absolutely stunning cake! I have never actually tried quince and need to. I too am a huge fan of all those spices :)

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  17. delicious cake :) thanks for the recipe

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  18. Yum, I love spiced cakes; but what really caught my eye was you lovely photo styling- the linen has me swooning!

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  19. This is really one lovely cake and it sounds very aromatic too...Love it :)!!

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  20. Hi Maria, This cake looks absolutely mouth-watery. And I love the combination of flavors :)
    Beautiful!

    Have a great day,

    Aldy.

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  21. Beyond delicious. The perfect way to use pears- I love it. Did you use olive oil in it? You could so do a olive oil cake with the flavor of pears!

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  22. That is beyond gorgeous. And I sure hope you saved me a piece to try. ;)

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  23. Your pictures are stunning! And being egg, gluten and dairy free, this is absolutely the most agreeable cake !

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  24. That cake looks prettyI love the neat way in which you arranged the sliced apples.

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  25. You just answered my question. What to do with the quince sitting on my bench? Looks scrumptious :)

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  26. I can't believe that something that is dairy, gluten and egg free can look so delicious! Bookmarked to make!

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  27. This cake looks so rustic but in the absolute most delicious possible way! I am drooling. And can't believe it's gluten free. Amazing.

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  28. thanks for sharing that lovely recipe & beatiful photos

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  29. This looks so good! Love your photography :) I can almost smell a whiff of the spices in your cake!

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  30. Waw, Maria! Your special cake looks quite delectable, tasty & truly amazing too!

    A must make!

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  31. Thank you all for your comments!

    There is no oil or butter in this cake, but it's fantastically soft and moist! Perfect guilt-free treat at any time!

    Maria
    x

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  32. hi, nice to meet you! this recipe is amazing and can't wait to try it! i love good, healthy cakes without fats and rich in fibers like this one! I'm sure it's delicious!

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  33. Maria,
    I'm sorry to report to you that I tried this recipe exactly (minus the quince slices) and it has a very strange taste to it.

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  34. Hi Loquat,

    Sorry to hear you didn't like this cake, I thought it was so nice with all that spice! I guess you can't argue about taste ;-)

    Maria
    x

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  35. hi,
    just discovered your blog, it's beautiful! I like your style of cooking - simple, rustic and healthy. I've bookmarked this cake but before attempting it, i'll like to know: can you taste the chickpea flour? I like chickpea very much so it's not a problem but i just wanted to know if the taste is strong and if it's strange in a cake. THANKS!!

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  36. Thanks so much!

    To be honest, I didn't notice the chickpea flour taste, there are so many spices plus all the fruit as well.

    Let me know what you think!

    Maria
    x

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  37. There needs to be more gluten free recipes. Thanks for your efforts.

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  38. Hiya - I am adapting all my family's meals for my wheat-, dairy-, and egg-intolerant daughter and made this divine cake yesterday (with rhubarb on top instead of quinces). i looked wonderful and tasted absolutely divine but sank in the middle. any suggestions? i thought maybe the 20cm tin was too small/the mixture too deep.

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  39. annied: Thank you for your comment! I used a 20cm tin for this cake, but perhaps your oven temperature was different to mine? All ovens are a bit different.

    Hope this helps!

    Maria
    x

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  40. I want to try to make this cake, and have a question about the "1,5 cups unsweetened apple sauce" -- is this one-fifth of a cup? I just want to make sure I use the correct measurements!

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    1. Sorry for the confusion! That is "one and a half cups - 1 1/2 cups"

      Maria

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