Pear & Almond Pudding Recipe

Caitriona Redmond

February 18, 2013

pear and almond pudding

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Continuing our series of Free-From Recipes, this delicious Pear & Almond Pudding recipe is gluten free.
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There is no need to worry about the alcohol content in either the syrup or the pudding as it is cooked off on the two processes. This recipe is made with milled oats instead of flour and so becomes gluten free. The perry (or pear cider) assists with the rising of the pudding and adds a lovely flavour.


For the Pudding

  • 50g softened butter
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 egg
  • 100g fine rolled oats (Ready Brek is perfect, however if you want to be gluten free pulse 100g regular oats in a food processor until milled to at least half the size)
  • 50ml perry

For the Syrup

  • 30g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200ml Perry
  • 2 Pears


  • Weighing Scales
  • Stand Mixer
  • Large Spoon
  • 5 Individual Pudding Dishes (greased) OR 5 Greaseproof Muffin Cases
  • Baking Tray
  • Small Heavy Saucepan
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Heatproof Spatula


For the Pudding

  1. Preheat your (fan) oven to 170 degrees Celcius.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar and almonds together until you have a smooth paste.
  3. Add the egg and beat the mixture again until it’s combined.
  4. Weigh out the oats into the bowl and mix again. The pudding batter will become very stiff.
  5. Finally pour the perry into the bowl and beat well.  The mixture will go from being very split to being loose.
  6. Fill the 5 pudding tins or the muffin cases and place onto the baking tray.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes – you will need the longer time due to the almonds and oats in the mixture.
  8. The puddings will turn golden brown on top. Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

For the Syrup

  1. Pour the perry, golden syrup and muscovado sugar into the saucepan and bring to a fast rolling simmer.
  2. Reduce in volume by half.
  3. Peel and slice 2 pears into chunks.
  4. Once the liquid has reduced to half, turn the heat off and stir the pear pieces into the sauce.
  5. Serve the puddings with the warm syrup poured on top.

Related Recipes: For more Free-From Recipes see Tortilla / Spanish Omelette and Vegan Pesto.

This recipe, and more, is available on Wholesome Ireland

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Published On: February 18th, 2013 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: March 26th, 2020 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Caitriona Redmond

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Caitriona is a food writer, blogger and author, as well as a mother to 2 boys and a teen stepdaughter. After Caitriona was laid off during the recession, with her family budget getting smaller she found herself facing a shrinking amount of money on a weekly basis to spend on food. She could feed the family on convenience food for the same amount that she had to spend but she chose to cook the best food she could within their tight budget. Her blog is about her, how she manages and the rollercoaster that parenting and living on a tight budget brings.

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