Monday, August 31, 2009

Fresh Asian Pear Cake

I hope you have all tried an Asian Pear at least once in your life, if you haven't go do so now! They are an incredible fruit which has the texture of an apple and the taste of a pear/apple. I adore them, especially when they are cold right out of the fridge.

They had them at Costco and I snapped them right up, they are soo expensive, however, the Costco ones were reasonable for the amount of Pears you got! I had 3 leftover and decided to make a cake with them.

The main recipe for this came from cooks.com, but I changed it up a bit to suite my tastes. It was quite moist and needed no frosting at all!

4 small or 3 large Asian Pears
1 cup chopped Pecans (I used Walnuts)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (I only used 1/2 a cup)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon (I used a full teaspoon)
1 tsp ground Ginger (my idea)
fresh cracked ground pepper (just a few turns)
Lemon Zest or Candied Ginger would be fantastic in this as well

Puree 3/4 of your pears and mix with the sugar, let sit for an hour

Chop the remaining pear and set aside

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, butter and flour a tube or Bundt pan

Using a spoon, stir the oil, vanilla and eggs into the pear/sugar mixture

Add remaining dry ingredients and stir till well combined

Pour into your tube pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 until your toothpick comes out clean (it only took my cake 1 hour to bake)

18 comments:

Denise said...

This looks so good. I have never tried Asian pear, don't recall ever seeing it. Good ingredient.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Glad you're feeling better.

I'll have to look for these pears because i definitely want to try this cake!

Pam said...

I love Asian pears...this cake looks amazing.

Glad you are feeling better!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm glad you're feeling better! Just eat some of this and get some Bella Sue kisses!

Debbie said...

Glad you are feeling better. I caught a cold down at the beach and it is still hanging on. Your cake looks great. I don't have too many cake recipes using pears so will want to try this!

Grace said...

i've had a similar cake made with apple, and although i've never tried an asian pear, it sounds like something i'd gobble up. good for you for adding extra cinnamon. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I do trot about with my lunchbox often...

Sophie said...

I am glad that you are feeling better!!!!

Waw!! What a georgous pear cake!! Must taste divine!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Oh I love the ginger and pepper in this cake. I bet is yummy!

MaryBeth said...

Ed would love this cake, I am still on the fence since I hate pears. But he keeps telling me these Asian pears are different then the regular ones.

Pearl said...

that looks SO delish!

Elra said...

I didn't now you can make cake from this Asian pear. Must tasted delicious!

Bethie said...

Cheryl, this looks good. Also, I can not get your new post to open-cheesecake. Boohoo!

Jan said...

I love Asian pears, too, I like them sliced with some crumbled feta on top. I wouldn't be averse to a slice of your cake either, looks yummy.

Anonymous said...

Just baked this according to the recipe. But it needs leavening. Came out super dense. Where is the baking soda/powder?

Cheryl said...

Thanks to Anon. I DID leave out the leavening (1 tsp baking soda). Asian pears are coming in now, enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I bought a house last year that has TWO Asian pear trees. I thought, "Sheesh, what am I going to do with all of these?" Well, now I'm going to make this pear cake every week during the fall!

I made it for the first time last week and it was so good that I couldn't stop eating it. I had to wrap up the quarter that was left (yup, I ate 3/4 of the cake ALL BY MYSELF) and take it to my neighbor just so that I wouldn't even have the option of gobbling more of it. Ha ha! I've got another one in the oven as we speak. I'm taking it to a family party this evening. Sadly, I used the last of this year's pears. :(

Thanks for the awesome recipe!

Anonymous said...

Can I substitute coconut oil fit the vegetable oil?

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