- 10-30 minutes to prepare
- 30-60 minutes to cook
- Makes approx. 25 - 30 drops
- Can be frozen
- How to make
2 pears (you could use mashed banana or a fruit puree of your choice if you prefer)
A little water (if required)
150g butter (or coconut oil)
90ml / 6 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp vanilla extract
100g ground almonds
150g self raising flour (gluten free if you prefer)
Approx. 25-30 blackberries
How to make
Start by making a puree with the pears. Peel, core and quarter the pears, then steam until soft (approx. 20mins), either using a steamer or by placing in a colander over a pan of simmering water and covering (you could boil the pears instead, if you prefer, but steaming retains more of the nutrients)
In a bowl, blend the pears to a smooth puree, adding some water if required (just enough to get a smooth consistency) – a hand blender will give the smoothest texture, but a food processor or blender can also be used
Stir the butter (or coconut oil) into the warm puree to gently melt it, or if the puree is cold, gently warm together in a pan over a low heat until just melted. Then allow to cool. If you are using a premade puree from the freezer you will need approx. 250ml of puree. Allow to defrost over night, then gently warm through with the butter/oil.
Preheat the oven to 160°C / 140°C fan / gas 3. Line 2 large baking trays with greaseproof paper
Whisk the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and cooled puree (with butter) together in a large bowl with a hand whisk
Stir in the ground almonds then sieve in the flour and lightly stir using a metal spoon. Don’t over stir the mixture to avoid knocking out too much air
Use a tablespoon to drop small round blobs of cake mixture onto your lined baking tray, leaving at least 2cm between them
Press a blackberry into the centre of each drop, children love to help with this
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and risen
Eat warm, or allow to cool on a cooling rack
- Dairy ingredients
These make a delicious teatime treat, tasty pudding or afternoon snack.
Keep for up to 3 days in an air tight tub in a cool place or in the fridge. Can be frozen, and defrosted in less than an hour.
You can vary the fruit along with the season – raspberries and blueberries work very well, or you can chop larger fruit into chunks, such as apricots, banana, mango etc. You can also vary the fruit puree to complement the fruit drop.