Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached

Recipe and image courtesy of California Walnuts

Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears.

Hello friends, so do you fancy making a Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears, today?

At the minute with the Coronavirus, flour has been very hard to get your hands on. Of course, no need to stop making a cake, make a flourless one!!

Making flourless cakes has a number of advantages. Since flourless cakes don’t use wheat flour, they are naturally gluten-free. As a result, those who have coeliac or gluten allergies should strongly consider them.

Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears

How To Make A Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears:

They typically tend to be denser and more moist than standard cakes since flourless cakes rely on ground nuts, eggs, and other components for structure. Because of this, they are especially decadent and satisfying.

Compared to traditional cakes, which can be more challenging to prepare, flourless cakes frequently require less ingredients and are simpler to make.

For people with dietary limitations or anybody seeking a healthier treat, flourless cakes can be a tasty and nourishing replacement for regular cakes

Serving: 8 people


For The Cake:

  • Butter for greasing
  • 350g California walnuts
  • Zest of 1 lemon 
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar

For The Poached Pears:

  • 4 ripe Conference pears 
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 250ml water
  • Greek yogurt or crème fraiche to serve

Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears:


  1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4, grease and line the base of a 23cm cake tin with a circle of baking parchment.
  2. Place the walnuts into a food processor and blitz until you have a flour-like consistency.
  3. Separate the eggs into 2 mixing bowls.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks, lemon zest and caster sugar with an electric hand whisk until pale and creamy, then whisk the egg white to stiff peaks.
  5. Mix the blended walnuts into the egg yolks, then fold in the egg whites.
  6. Spoon the cake mixture into your prepared cake tin, place on the middle shelve of the oven, and bake for 35-40 minutes (or until cooked in the centre and risen).
  7. Meanwhile, peel the pears and cut in half, scooping out the core with a melon baller or teaspoon, and bruise the cardamom pods.
  8. Add the peeled pears, saffron, cardamom pods, lemon juice, caster sugar and water to a medium-sized saucepan over a low-heat and poach the pears for 15-20 minutes, or until soft and infused.
  9. Last but not least, slice the cake into 8, and serve each slice with a poached pear on the side and a blob of Greek yogurt or crème fraiche.
Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears

Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears:

So what do you think about this Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears recipe? Do you fancy trying it? Because I do!!

Recipe and image courtesy of California Walnuts:Twitter.Facebook.Instagram.

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Flourless California Walnut Cake With Poached Pears

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  1. 5 April 2020 / 16:36

    My husband adores pears! I look forward to giving this a try. Pinning and sharing, Claire. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

    • 20 April 2020 / 16:05

      Thanks April. Thanks for hosting and stopping by too 🙂

  2. ema
    25 March 2020 / 07:41

    Love those flavours! So delicious. Will have to give this a try.

  3. angie
    23 March 2020 / 01:39

    love pears and this dish sounds super yummy thanks for sharing
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  4. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    22 March 2020 / 22:26

    It sounds delicious. The way you present is art!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!! Have a good week and stay well.

  5. pest control
    3 June 2019 / 08:57

    I’d so have this for lunch.

  6. Eli Pacheco
    26 February 2019 / 17:15

    I’d so have this for lunch.

    • 27 February 2019 / 11:34

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Love my cakes too.

  7. Heather
    26 February 2019 / 13:02

    Those pears look so pretty and that cake looks divine!

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