Pre-heat your fan oven to 338°F / 170°C. Heat to 374°F (190°C) if you're not using a fan setting.
Add flaxseed and boiling hot water to a small bowl. Stir and set aside. This will create a flax egg.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder in a large bowl.
In a second bowl whisk together oil, milk, maple syrup and lemon juice.
Add your flax egg to your oil mixture and mix well.
Slowly pour the oil mixture into the centre of your flour mixture.
Mix until no more flour specs remain, but do not overmix.
Remove the pear skin. Then cut your pear into small cubes. Coat them in flour & cinnamon (see the section 'To Coat The Pear Cubes').
Add the pear cubes to your mixture and stir gently.
Line the bottom of a round cake tin with a layer of baking paper. Brush the sides with a layer of oil.
Pour your mixture into the loaf tin and smooth out the top using a silicone spatula.
Decorate with slices of pear, then brush pear slices with maple syrup and top cake off with flaked almonds.
Bake at 338°F / 170°C (fan oven setting) for 50-55 minutes.
Quickly remove from the oven and brush the entire top with a layer of maple syrup.
Bake for another 5 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Once baked, let cool completely. Top off with another layer of maple syrup and maple flakes if desired.