Pear slice

I like slices like this as the base also doubles for the topping.


I used pears this time; I have used apples, or even a combination works a treat. This slice is delicious any time of the day or night and it can be served warm for a special dessert.


Makes 12 slices



6 (750g) pears, peeled and thinly sliced

50g butter

30g white sugar

30g brown sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger


600g flour

300g sugar

400g butter

2 medium eggs



Preheat the oven to 170degC.

For the filling: place the prepared pears, butter, sugar and spices into a medium size saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of water and heat over a gentle heat until the pears are tender and the sugar has dissolved and the glossy sauce has formed. Set aside.

Place all the ingredients (except the eggs) for the dough into a bowl and rub together with your fingertips until coarse bread crumb texture.

Add the eggs and mix together, it will form a dough.

Line a 20cm by 20cm (approx) tin with baking paper.

Spread ⅔ of the dough into the base of the pan, spread evenly with the back of a spoon.

Pour over the pear mixture and 1/4 cup of the buttery, sugary syrup to coat the pears.

Sprinkle over the remaining dough (don’t press down).

Bake for 45 minutes

Cool in tin before cutting.

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