Prep time:
30 minutes
Cooking time:
1 hour
Level of Difficulty:
Top/Bottom Heat


2 cups plain flour
2 tsps baking powder
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup almond meal
180g butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsps brown sugar - extra


500g ricotta cheese
2 tsps vanilla essence
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 ripe pears, peeled and thinly sliced


Preheat the oven on top & bottom heat to 170˚C and place the wire rack on shelf 2. 

Grease & line the base of a 20cm springform pan. 

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and almond meal. Rub in the butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the egg and stir with a broad bladed knife to form a crumble. Press half the crumble mix firmly and evenly into the base of the pan.  

Combine the ricotta, vanilla, sugar and eggs for the filling and mix with a whisk until well combined and smooth. Pour the ricotta mixture over the crumble base and arrange the pears on top.  

Mix the extra brown sugar into the remaining crumble mix and sprinkle evenly over the ricotta filling.  

Place into the oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden in colour and the filling has set. Cool the cake in the pan before removing and dusting with icing sugar.  


About NEFF

NEFF is a German-engineered kitchen appliance brand, with a product range that includes ovens, cooktops, rangehoods, coffee machines and dishwashers designed to make life in the kitchen a daily pleasure. For people who love to cook, NEFF gives you the tools to create meaningful connections, express your creativity and make memories. Because real life happens in the kitchen.  

Learn more about NEFF here.

Authors Bio:

Bridget has worked in the home appliance industry for more than 15 years. She loves to cook & really enjoys working with customers to help them select appliances to best suit their needs as well as following up with further instruction when the appliances are installed.

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