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Feijoa and ginger cake

April 8, 2019 Filed under Dessert, In-betweens, Recipes

This moist and tangy  cake is a firm favourite that friends are always asking me for. The ingredients are mixed in a saucepan so its super easy to make. Its time I shared the recipe here.


125 grams butter
200 grams sugar
1 egg
175 grams flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 cups feijoas, peeled and chopped
½  cup ginger in syrup


  1. Heat the oven to 160°
  2. Prepare 20cm round or square cake tin with greased baking paper
  3. Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan
  4. Stir in the sugar and beat till well mixed
  5. Cool slightly then beat in the egg
  6. Sift in the dry ingredients then mix in the feijoas and ginger pieces
  7. Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until the top is browned and springs back when pressed lightly with your finger.

Serving suggestions

  1. While still warm sprinkle with icing sugar and serve immediately with whipped creme or yoghurt
  2. Cool and ice with cream cheese based icing
  3. Serve with coffee or as a dessert.


Usually you can test if the cake is done by inserting a skewer into the centre.  If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked.  With this recipe though it is likely that the skewer will hit some feijoa pieces so it will come out with juice on it and you may think it is still under-cooked.  This is why I suggest you use your finger to press the top of the cake and test it that way.

Feijoa self-saucing pudding

April 26, 2018 Filed under Dessert

A recipe similar to this appeared in a community newspaper recently.  I tried it last night and it was delicious. it is a fruity version of the chocolate self-saucing pudding that was (and still is) so popular in the 1970s. Read more

Feijoa Crumble – 2017 style

April 5, 2017 Filed under Dessert

Late in 2016 I said I would be updating some of the 1970/1980s recipes to met our changed tastes.  As we move into another feijoa season, here’s my more modern take on Feijoa Crumble. The crumble is chunkier and this recipe uses much less sugar. Read more

Feijoa Crumble

May 9, 2016 Filed under Dessert

Feijoas – those green fruit that fall to the ground in May in New Zealand when they are ripe.

At this time of the year people either have more feijoas than they know what to do with or don’t have access to them at all.  And people either love them or hate them.  There seems to be no  in-between stance.  So for those who love them, here is another feijoa recipe. It’s a variation of the well-loved apple crumble.

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