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)
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