Sometimes my eyes are just too hungry! And when my eyes are hungry, I buy too much. I am a lover of all fruit, tutti fruiti! You name it – there’s not a fig, berry, stone fruit, pome, citrus, tropical, melon, seed-in or seedless piece of fruit that I’ve tried whose flesh and nectar doesn’t excite me! Be it fresh, stewed, in a tart or pie, creamed, sorbeted, preserved, jammed, compoted, frozen or flambéed – if it’s fruit, count me in!
So it was with the pears recently. I found myself with a cornucopia in the fruit bowl, ripe and ready to be eaten. Juicy and aromatic, but too many for the two of us, they were a perfect excuse for me to kick into baking gear!
Pears and ginger are in combination with cinnamon and pecans in this cake. I prefer my ginger fresh and always have a piece in the refrigerator. I grate it using a handy zester called a microplane. Peel the ginger and press firmly as you grate to cut the fibers. This moist cake is easy to make and remains fresh for several days.
Fresh Pear Cake
Adapted from Allrecipes
- 4 cups peeled, cored and diced pears (about 3-4)
- 1 cup granulated sugar, divided use
- 2 –3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger)
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
Combine the pears, 1/2 cup sugar and ginger in a large bowl and let stand for an hour. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in another bowl and set aside.
Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 10 inch Bundt pan with non-stick baking spray.
Beat eggs and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) until pale and creamy. Add oil and blend in slowly. On low speed, blend in the flour mixture until most of the flour is mixed in. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the pears and pecans and stir on slow speed until just incorporated into the batter. Do not overbeat.
Pour batter into Bundt pan. Bake at 325°F, checking after 50 minutes. When a skewer comes out clean, remove cake from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes. Invert cake on a large plate and slide it back onto the rack to cool completely. Sprinkle the top with confectioner’s (icing) sugar, using a sieve to distribute it evenly.
Enjoy a slice with a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of cold milk!