Up your caking game with this luscious goat’s curd recipe that featured originally on Home Beautiful as part of Cooks Co-op.
With a refined flavour palate, this delightful dessert is one to be shared and enjoyed with all the foodies in your circle of family and friends.
250g unsalted butter, room temperature, chopped, plus extra for greasing
400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
250g caster sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon powder
3 tsp baking powder
450g goat’s curd
250g sour cream
Poached Brown Sugar Pears
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthways, seeds scraped
2 cinnamon sticks
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
6 Packham or beurre bosc pears, peeled
1 Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 24cm springform tin with butter and dust with flour. Beat butter and half of the sugar with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Beat in 4 of the eggs, 1 at a time, making sure they are all well incorporated.
2 Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla. In another bowl, sift flour, cinnamon and baking powders, then gradually add to butter
mixture, beating slowly to make a batter.
3 Break up curd and place in a separate large bowl. Add sour cream and beat with a wooden spoon until well combined. Beat in the remaining sugar and remaining eggs, one at a time, until smooth.
4 Spread cake batter into prepared pan. Spread over base and two-thirds of the way up the sides. Pour curd mixture into centre of cake batter. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack.
5 While cake is cooling, make the poached brown sugar pears. Place 1 litre of water in a large saucepan. Add vanilla bean and scraped seeds, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and sugar. Stir over a medium to high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Reduce to medium-low.
6 Add pears. Cook, partially covered, turning occasionally, for 20 minutes or until just tender. Remove saucepan from the heat. Allow pears to cool slightly in syrup, turning occasionally.
7 Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a plate. Return syrup to a medium-high heat and bring to the boil. Boil for 10 minutes or until syrup has reduced by one third. Allow to cool.
8 Place goat’s curd cake on a serving plate and spoon over some of the syrup. Serve pears (cut into quarters, if desired) and remaining syrup with cake.
Cook’s note: Both the cake and the pears can be made the day before serving and stored in your fridge after cooling. Take them out of the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
Tools of the Trade
Beat your butter and sugar to pale perfection with the right aid from Harvey Norman: