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Pear and vanilla sponge pudding

Pear and vanilla sponge pudding

Pure Sunday-lunch nostalgia

  • Serves 8
  • Less than an hour


  • 1 box (500g) vanilla cake mix
  • 1 can (410g) pear halves, drained
  • 1 slab (80g) white chocolate, chopped

  • Sauce:
  • ⅓ cup (80g) sugar
  • ⅓ cup (80g) butter
  • 1 cup (250ml) cream

  • Nice to have:
  • 1 packet (100g) almond flakes
  • 1 cup (250ml) cream, whipped


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease a 1.5L-capacity baking dish.
  3. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions.
  4. Drain pear halves and slice into quarters.
  5. Spoon half the batter into baking dish.
  6. Scatter over pears and chocolate.
  7. Pour over remaining batter and sprinkle with almond flakes, if using.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the pudding comes out clean. Cover with foil if the top browns too quickly.
  9. Heat sugar, butter and cream together until sugar has melted.
  10. Pour hot sauce over hot pudding.
  11. Stand for 15 minutes, then serve with a dollop of cream, if preferred.
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