Project Description

Pear & Gingerbread Tea Cake

National Tea day is the movement that provides opportunities for the next generation of tea drinkers to discover the amazing breadth of choice and variety the world of tea has to offer National Tea Day takes place every year on the 21st of April and is the official day in the U.K. to celebrate our love of tea. To celebrate National Tea Day we have created this delicious Pear & Gingerbread Tea Cake, perfect to enjoy with your favourite brew! Here’s how to make it:


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Butter a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cooled melted butter, whole milk, eggs and vanilla. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the pears and crystallized ginger and fold together a few times, being careful to not over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the buttered loaf pan. Top with a pinch of sugar and crystallized ginger.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to fully cool. You will want to make sure that the cake is cool enough before removing, otherwise if the cake is too warm, it will not all come out in one piece.
  8. Invert the cake onto a plate, turn over, and sprinkle the crumbed Billington’s Gingerbread on top.
  9. Slice and enjoy!

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  • 180g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 200g of sugar, plus more for topping
  • 120g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 80ml plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 large pear, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger, plus more for topping
  • 5 fingers of Billington’s Gingerbread, crumbed