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Pears, Pears, Pears October 7, 2009

Filed under: Dessert — clairezee @ 9:54 pm
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I picked up some pears at the grocery store recently just to have some fruit around.  I got a couple of the Bartlett variety and decided to try some Asian pears as well.  I have always thought these individually wrapped pieces of fruit look beautiful, but had never tried them (they are a little expensive).  Fully intending to eat this fruit by itself, I then remembered my aunt Nicole’s pear cake.  I knew I wanted to make it.  So I called her for the recipe.  The ingredients and recipe could not be simpler and the results are mouth watering.  This cake has amazing flavors and is incredibly moist.  I wish my apartment always smelled the way it did while this cake was baking.

Pear Cake
Adapted from Aunt Nicole’s recipe

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ripe pears, skin on, chopped (first core them with an apple slicer and then chop them into bite sized pieces)

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Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.  Since I used whole wheat flour, I sifted it twice.

Mix the vegetable oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla together.  Mixing by hand is sufficient for this recipe.

Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

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Fold in the pears.

Pour batter into a greased and floured pan.  I used a 9 x 13 pan.

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Bake until the cake shrinks away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester comes out clean, approximately 45-50 minutes.  The top will get crispy, bubble up, and the sides will look slightly wet.

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Cool cake for 30 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream that has a dash of cinnamon in it (that’s what my aunt recommends but I didn’t have any whipping cream this time).

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3 Responses to “Pears, Pears, Pears”

  1. Michele Mallette Sherman Says:

    I can smell it through the computer. Yummy!

  2. Aunt Nicole Says:

    I LOVE sharing recipes with my sweet Claire! She has become quite , competent dans les arts gastronomiques. Bon appetit!
    xo

  3. thomasaduda Says:

    Yum. I wish that I could be there to taste it.


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