Pear crumble tea cake recipe

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Crumble cakes are a hearty dessert just made for eating while cuddled up with a good book, or gathered around the table with friends. Thick slices of this spiced crumble cake make an excellent morning tea treat too.

For the crumble
1 tbsp white rice flour
1 tbsp brown rice flour
1 tbsp almond meal
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
30g butter, melted
1/3 cup pecan halves.

For the cake
90g white rice flour
90g brown rice flour
100g almond meal
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ground ginger
125g butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large pear, diced.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease the sides and bottom of a 9-inch cake pan. Line the bottom with a circle of baking paper to make removal easier.
Make the crumble first: In a small bowl mix together white rice flour, brown rice flour, almond meal, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Mix in melted butter until large crumbs form. Mix pecan halves through the crumbs. Set aside until needed.
In a medium bowl whisk together white rice flour, brown rice flour, almond meal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
In a large bowl beat softened butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until light and creamy. You can do this with a wooden spoon (work those muscles) or using a handheld mixer.
Add eggs and beat until smooth.
Add whisked flour in two lots, alternating with the buttermilk.
Carefully fold the chopped pear into the batter.
Spoon batter into prepared cake pan and smooth the top carefully. Sprinkle crumble mixture over the top.
Place into oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Cool, slice and enjoy.
Tip: Leftovers keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days.

This article was originally published in be. Magazine. It has been republished as part of South Bank's free Medibank Feel Good Program. It was ritten by Amy Chatwin, a Brisbane-based blogger who is passionate about creating a healthy, nourished life with whole foods, running, reading and writing.

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