Recipe: Saffron Cake with pears

Posted by Bronte Aurell | Food & Recipes, Inside ScandiKitchen, Scandi Life


Saffron Cake with pears

Across Scandinavia in December you will likely be offered a saffron-flavoured Lucia bun in honour of the Feast of St Lucia. We also make this beautiful, light saffron cake with pears – it’s a perfect autumn and winter cake with warm flavours.



• 30g breadcrumbs
• 50g butter
• 100ml whole milk
• ½g ground saffron
• 2 large or 3 small pears
• a little lemon juice
• 325g caster sugar
• 4 eggs
• 300g plain flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• ½ tsp of salt
• 50g Greek yogurt
• icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

Grease a 25cm bundt pan or ring pan and dust it with the breadcrumbs, tipping out the excess.

Melt the butter and add the milk and ground saffron. Stir to combine and set aside to infuse.

Peel and core the pears and cut into bite-sized chunks. Add a dash of lemon juice, stir and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until thick, light and fluffy using a balloon whisk or a hand-held electric whisk.

Mix the remaining dry ingredients together and sift into the egg mixture. Fold in until incorporated.

Add the Greek yogurt and saffron-milk mixture and fold gently until completely combined.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan. Add the pieces of pear – these will sink down during baking.

Bake for around 30–35 minutes in the preheated oven or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the pan before turning out onto a serving tray. Dust with icing sugar and serve, sliced, with a good dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe from ScandiKitchen: Fika & Hygge, by Bronte Aurell (Ryland Peters & Small, £16.99). Photo by the awesome Pete Cassidy.