I make a different dessert just about every day so I am always trying to come up with new and interesting things that my family will enjoy. This pear cake is a winner! Not only is it moist and flavorful, but it is so simple to make, you don’t even have to take out your electric mixer.
This is one of those cakes where the batter rises up around the fruit while cooking, And the texture is a cross between a cake and a very light pancake. You can vary this recipe with any fruit/flavoring you like. For instance , in the summer, peaches and blueberries are great with the cognac. Don’t want the alcohol, don’t add it…it is wonderful either way.
• 1 ½ Cups Flour
• 2 Teaspoons baking powder
• Pinch of salt
• 2 Sticks unsalted butter (melted)
• 4 Red Pears
• 4 Bosc Pears
• 4 Extra large eggs
• 1 ½ Cups sugar
• 1 ½ Teaspoons vanilla extract (pure)
• ¼ Cup cognac
To Make the Cake
Grease an 8-inch springform pan, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet (to prevent batter from dripping on pan).
Peel the pears, cut them in half and remove the cores, then cut into about 2 inch slices. Set aside.
In a small bowl, stir the flour, baking powder and salt to combine.
In a large bowl whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla.
Whisk in the cognac.
Beginning and ending with the flour mixture, alternate adding the flour and the melted butter until combined. Be sure to whisk after each addition.
Fold the pears into the batter until they are completely coated.
Pour the entire batter into the springform pan and bake in a 325 degree oven for 45 minutes to one hour. You know the cake is done when a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let the cake cool for 30 minutes and then unmold from the springform pan.
The Elegant Occasion Note: This cake is wonderful served warm or at room temperature.
Do not cover the top of the cake when storing, as the cake is very moist and will become too soft. Once cut, place a piece of saran wrap on the exposed area that has been cut.
This cake will remain delicious for up to three days, if it lasts that long.
The Elegant Occasion Beverage Pairing: Champagne