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Caramel Pear Pudding Courtesy of Emma’s Mum

I am crazy about old family recipes, so when our dear online friend Emma mentioned her mum’s famous Caramel Pear Pudding I got very excited. This is a favourite that has graced Emma’s family table for 15-20 years. Emma’s mum cannot recall where she got the recipe, but I love that she has stuck with it throughout the years which is a sign it must be good. Gotta love those old family faves.

I was hasty in photographing the pudding so it was fresh out the oven in these photos. After it cooled slightly the top was crispy and caramelised, the kind of topping I would fight my mum over. We love the crispy tops of baked delights, and the crunchy corners of savoury bakes such as macaroni or tuna bake. We’ve been known to stand in the kitchen fork in hand, pushing each other out of the way to get to the crunchy topping as soon as the dish has left the oven. Knowing this, you can only imagine what we as diehard bread lovers would be like when a fresh loaf is pulled out of the bread maker.

This pudding is delightful served warm with a generous dollop of ice cream (from my experience), the ice cream melting atop the pudding creating a beautifully sweet contrast to the pears and spices. You can also add cream if your heart so desires. We’re quite fond of pear desserts and given how simple it is to whip up there is no doubt this will be a repeat ’round these parts.

Ingredients // serves 8

1 cup plain flour

2/3 cups caster sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¾ cup milk

4 medium pears, peeled and cut into 1cm pieces

½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans 

¾ cup packed brown sugar

60g butter

¾ cup boiling water

Ice Cream or whipped cream to serve



Preheat oven to 190C.

Combine flour, caster sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and ground cloves together in a large bowl. Add milk, beat until smooth. Stir in pears and walnuts. Turn into an ungreased 2 litre casserole dish.

In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, butter and boiling water. Pour evenly over batter.

Bake in oven for about 45 minutes until top is crunchy and caramelised.

Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream. And then say a quiet little thank you to Emma’s mum.

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  • Your One and Only Loving Mother - It’s funny how you make these lovely cakes and deserts now that I’m nowhere to be seen. You’ll wait when I move closer to you, as soon as I get a hit that you are baking, I’ll be there with my own BIG fork to make sure I get the best bits of the curst. Looks absolutely delish. xxooReplyCancel

  • Tessa : Down that Little Lane - OMG that just looks delicious.. off to share with our FB Page for inspiration on tonights desert xReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thank you so much for sharing Tessa. xReplyCancel

  • Cindy - This is just beautiful, absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thank you Cindy. Lucky for me that Emma was kind enough to share it.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Kop - Another tasty dessert to bookmark for later baking in spring/summer! Looking forward to this – thank you Emma’s Mum and Peggy!ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Yes bookmark that baby! It’s a good one.ReplyCancel

  • angelica | table twenty eight - Beautiful photos Peggy, you’re really good at conveying a certain atmosphere with each of your creations – thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thank you Angelica. I am also very inspired when I visit your blog. I have a few of your recipes waiting to be sampled!ReplyCancel

  • The Life of Clare - This looks absolutely delicious. Now to get my hands on some fresh local pairs.ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thanks Clare. I am crazy about pears, but yes, they need to be fresh and local. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - I’m just practicing Mum so when you get here I’ll be an expert with the baked dishes! And yes, bring your own fork. xoReplyCancel

  • Carla - Wow. I have stumbled onto your blog for the first time today. So many delicious recipes to try. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Gosh! I really shouldn’t go onto your site late at night.. makes me sooo hungry!! Really need to start learning to cook so I can make your amazing sounding recipes.. or I could always get bf to make them…ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Thank you Carla. Nice of you to drop by and stay for awhile.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Christina get the bf to make them, so easy! I know what you mean about reading food blogs at night, it’s a very bad habit of mine.ReplyCancel

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