Pear, Maple and Ricotta Cake, Maple Ice Cream

Sweet Treats / Cakes / Desserts

10 portions



  • 350g ricotta cheese
  • 400g pears
  • 250g plain flour
  • 115g pure maple syrup
  • 35g maple sugar
  • 18g baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 10g butter, for greasing

Ice cream

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 600ml double cream
  • 100ml pure maple syrup
  • 25g maple sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan.
  2. Peel and core pears and dice; place in a bowl with lemon juice so they don’t go brown.
  3. Mix ricotta, maple syrup and maple sugar; beat and add vanilla extract.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time and add lemon zest, beating constantly.
  5. Sieve four and baking powder and fold into mixture.
  6. Add pears to the batter mixture and place into a pre-buttered and floured 9-inch spring form cake tin.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes. If required, bake for an additional 20 minutes.


  1. Whisk egg yolks and maple syrup and maple sugar over warm water.
  2. Beat until thick and pale, then remove from the heat and continue beating until cool.
  3. Whisk the double cream until soft peaks are formed and then fold into the cool egg mixture.
  4. Place in a shallow dish and freeze overnight.

Chef’s tip

  1. This dish is one that can be enjoyed all year round. Instead of the pears, use seasonal fruits such as cherries or peaches to add a touch of summer. Orchard or stone fruits are best. For the adventurous, add bacon to the ice cream to give it a savoury twist.

Perfect for a spot of afternoon tea decadence or for an impressive dessert, this indulgent yet light cake is exactly what you need this summer.

If you like the look of this pear cake, make sure to check out our other maple syrup cakes.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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More about maple

The colour and flavour of maple syrup changes in subtle ways during the seasonal harvest

At the start of the sugaring season, the syrup is generally clear, with a light, sweet taste. It becomes darker with a caramelised flavour as the season progresses throughout the spring.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

Maple spread doesn't contain any butter or dairy products

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple spread comes from the sap of the maple tree that’s all.

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