Sometime in November, a display of pears at the grocery store will catch my eye and I’ll pick some up to be instantly reminded of just how much I really like pears. I love their scent more than anything, I even have pear-scented shampoo and body wash because the crisp clean smell is just intoxicating to me.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a spiced pear cake with icing, so I opted to leave off the icing in hopes of increasing the pear flavor. Let it be known that this is probably the ONLY time I’d ever say no to browned butter icing.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 medium pears, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, milk and applesauce until combined. Pour the flour mixture into the bowl and whisk until just mixed.
4. In a small bowl, toss the pears with the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg then gently fold into the batter.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, smoothing the top. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before turning cake out onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
I couldn’t believe how moist and flavorful this cake was. The pears weren’t overcooked and provided just a nice amount of crunch. You could easily up that a bit by adding in some chopped walnuts or pecans, but I think it was great the way it was.