Growing up, we had a pear tree down at the bottom of the garden. It has had various swings tied to its low hanging branches over the years. A shady haven over the summer, as the weather cooled it would become weighed down with fruit, so much that if you got the swing going back and forth fast and high enough you could shake the pears off. They made a satisfying thud as they hit the grass. I’m not sure that mum and dad were impressed but my brothers and I sure were. Sweet and juicy fresh from the tree, Mum would bottle any surplus pears each autumn, the tall Agee jars lined up on the top of the pantry waiting to be used in sponge puddings, pear crumbles and to top Weetbix or cornflakes for breakfast. Autumn has long been one of my favourite times of the year. The low light at the end of the day, the chill in the air and the warmth from the first fire of the season are all things I treasure. Pears are still one of my favourite fruits.
I love to bake treats for my family, to bring into work for morning tea, for visitors, or just for me! I think it is such a great way to show you care. This cake is simple to make, but looks impressive turned out and drizzled with a little caramel sauce. Served warm with lashing of fresh cream it is a perfect autumn treat.