Characters: Un-named elf in a kitchen!
Disclaimer: The characters in this story do not belong to me, but are being used for amusement only, and all rights remain with the estate of JRR Tolkien.
I thought recipe fic might be good for this challenge - so the drabble is an exact 100 words - the recipe an added bonus!
Of Tools and Tunes
The little grater was really too small for his hands. There were larger ones, more suited to an elf, for sale in the market; but this one had been made for his teacher by Gimli and so it had a symbolism of its own.
As he grated the nutmeg into the mixture he found himself singing the same, unelflike, song his teacher sang whenever he made this cake.
“I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear,
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear…”
He smiled as, across the kitchen, the old dwarf tapped his foot in time.
Pear Upside Down Cake
• 4 Over Ripe Pears
• 6 oz Butter
• 2 Eggs
• 1lb Self Raising Flour
• 10 oz Light Soft Brown Sugar
• 250ml Milk
• 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
• 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1.Melt 4 oz of the sugar and 2 oz of the butter in a pan and pour into a 20cm (8inch) square cake tin (I put a circle of baking parchment into the tin to make it easier to turn out).
2.Peel and core the pears removing any bruised bits and place on top of the butter and sugar mixture.
3.Preheat the oven to gas 4 (180C, 165C fan-oven or 350F). In a bowl sift the flour, nutmeg and cinnamon.
4.In a separate bowl mix the eggs with the remaining sugar. Melt the remaining butter and mix this into the egg and sugar mixture along with the milk. Pour this mix into the flour and mix well. Pour or spoon the batter over the fruit and pop into the oven for between 40-50 mins.
5.Once cooked turn out onto a large serving plate to allow the syrup to drip over the sides of the cake.
6.Serve warm with cream or custard - or eat cold the next day with a cup of tea.