Pear and Hazelnut Frangipane Cakelettes

Wednesday 23 February 2011

I have a confession to make.

I am one of those obnoxious people that walk around the grocery shops, tut tutting and taking note of things that look delicious, all the while telling myself that I could quite easily make them at home . . . not only cheaper but somehow tastier too.

I know, it's annoying isn't it! But I have to say that 99% of the time it works for me. I just basically take note of the ingredients on the package, leaving out any artificial flavours and chemicals of course . . . and then I come home and try to replicate it as best as I can.

Now I know I'm not the only one who does this . . . am I? Come on fess up!!!

This is one of my recent successes. I saw these tasty looking little cakelettes in Tesco one day . . . one of their finest desserts line . . . and I thought to myself . . . scrummy, but I don't want to pay what they're asking and so . . .

I came home and made it myself. It wasn't all that hard.

Scrummy Hazelnut frangipane cake batter, dropped on top of a sweet pear half, dropped on top of some toasted chopped hazelnuts, which in turn have been placed on top of a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar.

Easy peasy, lemon squeasy and oh-so-tasty too! A quenelle of clotted cream is a must on top of them, served warm, so that it melts down over the cake. Every mouthful was a delight!

*Pear and Hazelnut Frangipane Cakelettes*
Serves 6
Printable Recipe

I saw something similar to this in the grocery store the other day and thought to myself, I can do better than that! Serve warm with a dollop of clotted cream for a real taste treat!

1 tin of small pear halves, well drained
(You will need six halves)
6 TBS butter
12 TBS soft light brown sugar, packed
2 ounces of toasted hazlenuts, chopped

For the frangipane:
165g of ground toasted hazlenuts (1 cup)
125g of caster sugar (1/2 cup)
6 TBS of butter
1/4 tsp of vanilla
2 large free range eggs
20g of plain flour (1/4 cup)

You will need 6 (8 ounce) porcelain ramekins. Butter each well and then place them on a baking tray. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.

Melt the butter and pour an equal amount into the bottom of each ramekin. Sprinkle 2 TBS of the brown sugar into each. Top with an equal amount of toasted chopped hazlenuts.

Make the frangipane. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Whisk together the flour and ground nuts. Fold this into the creamed mixture, making sure it is evenly combined.

Place one pear half on top of the hazelnuts in each ramekin. Top each with 1/6 of the frangipane. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until set and nicely browned. Let stand for several minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of each and then carefully invert onto serving plates. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then top with a dollop of clotted cream (If desired) or vanilla ice cream and serve.


  1. Haha, I totally do that too. Including making a note of the ingredients, and the tut tutting :-) That said, awesome looking cakelettes, will be trying them out soon, cheers Marie!

  2. Looks delicious. Perfect after dinner treat. I don't bake enough wth pears

  3. Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor.


  4. They look delicious and so elegant.

  5. Ooo...these look dangerously good, Marie! Very pretty... I can see these for dessert when company comes over. :o) Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  6. Oh my I have to admit I do the same thing. In fact it all started when we were first married as I felt we just couldn't afford the things I loved or they simply were not available in stores near us... so I learned to make them.

    And your cakelettes look divine! I must remember to never look at your posts prior to eating breakfast... :-)

  7. OMG Dear Marie these look delicious and amazing!

    Send you huggs and kisses my dear, love you so! xoxo gloria

  8. These look delicious and, yes, I do the same thing at the store and in restaurants.

  9. This looks fabulous! Thank you for inventing the recipes for us!

  10. Your photos make me so hungry I could almost eat them! I am always trying new recipes from things I see at bakery shops and grocery stores, and make them myself with sugar substitutes because of some family diabetes.

    They would be a great treat with a cup of coffee from my keurig mini brewer.

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  11. Divine as usual Marie. These look lovely.

  12. Teehee ... I kinda do that too, especially with cupcakes, and the prices they charge are criminal!!! Great looking bake, just perfect ;0)

  13. Oh, how delicious, Marie! And isn't it just fun to say the word "cakelettes"?!

    Hoping you're having a most wonderful day, my dear friend...sending you so much love on this beautiful February day...


  14. Haha, don't worry-- I do that, too! Love the recipe! Hazlenuts aren't really in my rotation as often as they should be, and this is a perfect use for them!!

  15. Oh Marie! Those sound gorgeous. I'm printing this recipe for sure and will try them next time I want to wow my guests

  16. Hello from Japan!
    I enjoy your blog and have tried quite a bit of your recipes, and they all turned out really good!

    I just baked these, and they are soooooo good that I just had to tell you that.

    Thank you very much Marie!

    Kumiko from Japan


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