Little Pear & Hazelnut Cakes

Try whipping up a batch of these little cakes on a Sunday, then enjoy fresh out of the oven or as a tasty snack throughout the week.
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  • 8
  • Moderate
  • 20 Minutes
  • 25 Minutes
  • 8
Nutrition per serve
  • Energy 679kJ
  • Protein 4.5g
  • Fat - Total 8.5g
  • - saturated 0.7g
  • Carbohydrate - total 16.7g
  • Fibre 2g
  • Sodium 67mg


  • 700g tub pears in natural juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup (50g) ground hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup (50g) self-raising flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup (60ml) skim milk
  • ⅓ cup (45g) coarsely chopped skinless hazelnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease 8 holes of a 12-hole (⅓-cup/80ml) friand pan; line bases with baking paper.
  2. Drain pears; reserve 1 cup (250ml) juice. Finely chop 160g (5 ounces) of the pears. Reserve remaining pears for another use.
  3. Beat eggs and maple syrup in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Fold in ground hazelnuts, extract, sifted flour and milk, then fold in half the pear. Divide mixture between pan holes. Top with remaining pear and chopped hazelnuts.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand cakes in pan for 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, place reserved pear juice in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until syrup is reduced by half.
  6. Drizzle cakes evenly with pear syrup to serve.

Dietitian Notes / Recipe Tips

Cakes and pear syrup can be frozen, separately, for up to three months. Remaining pears can be served with breakfast muesli.

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Provider Acknowledgement

Image and recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly, Diabetes, Food For Life by arrangement Bauer Books, a division Bauer Media Australia. Copyright © 2017

 Disclaimer: The above recipe meets Diabetes NSW & ACT nutrient criteria. However, the opinions expressed in the Australians Women’s Weekly: Diabetes Food for Life book do not necessarily reflect the views of Diabetes NSW & ACT.

 Please note the serving size listed is to be used as a guide only. Consider your own individual nutrient and carbohydrate requirements and adjust the serving size as needed. If you are unsure of your requirements consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) for individualised advice.

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