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Pear Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 23rd, 2013 | Desserts, Recipes
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pear cakeThe other weekend we were expecting an overnight snowstorm.  As we weren’t sure how much snow we would get, we decided to be stocked and ready for a Sunday spent indoors.  To end our snowy day we would enjoy a freshly baked dessert, pear cake.

Cake is one of my favorite desserts.  I love the tenderness of the cake and the sweetness of the frosting, as do our kids.  My husband, however, isn’t as big of a fan of frosting.  (Apparently he’s missing a gene or something. . .)  I’ve found that I can meet both of our needs by making a loaf-shaped cake.

The beauty of the loaf cake is many.  First, it is smaller, so we don’t have tons of leftovers.  Second, I can add just a light layer of frosting to the top of the cake and leave frosting off the sides for a portion of the cake, which is perfect for my husband.  For those of us who enjoy frosting I place frosting on the sides and can slice the individual pieces in half and add a middle layer of frosting, which equals happiness for the kids and me.

This cake was quite moist.  Using diced pear gave nice bites of fruit throughout the cake.  I added chopped pecan because a little bit of crunch is a good thing, at least in our house. Top it with one of these two versions of mascarpone frosting, and it’s time to eat!

 

Pear Cake


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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pear, peeled & chopped
  2. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1-1/2 cup flour
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1/4 tsp. sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1/2 cup oil
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine pears, pecans, and sugar in a small bowl. Allow to sit for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Coat 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir well.
  5. Add oil, egg, and vanilla, mixing until blended. Add pear mixture, stirring to combine.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.
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