Recipe by Sarah
"This dense, moist, creamy-sweet pear cake was the signature dessert of my great-great aunts, Beth and Josephine. It was lost for several years. During that time we tried several different pear cake recipes, but none came close to this one. Now that it has been found again (and slightly updated), I want to share it with all of you, so that everyone can enjoy it!
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1 1/2 teaspoons
fine sea salt
large eggs, lightly beaten
peeled and finely chopped Bartlett pears
This cake was wonderfully moist and baked up just perfect, which is hard to do where I live (altitude = 7000). So happy to find something delicious to make with the Bartlett pears in my Bountiful Basket. The texture and spices were just right. I didn't have the grapeseed oil so I had to use vegetable oil and it turned out beautifully.
This is a nice, mildly sweet cake, with a nice moist texture more like old-fashioned spice cake. The pear flavor doesn't stand out, however, and I disregarded the instructions to mix and mix for 3 minutes after adding the flour. Also, if you're "creaming" turbinado and grapeseed oil, you can stop wasting your time...oil and sugar with this texture will never cream. Beating has no effect whatsoever. I'd give the cake a 4-5 stars, but the instructions about a 3.
It was delightfully yummy and moist. I also layered leftover pear slices at the bottom of the pan to give an upside down cake look. Not very sweet which we liked. I divided the sugar and soaked the pears in one half for 20 mins.
Old-fashioned flavor with the autumn harvest flavor of pear. Loved this!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Aunt Josephine's Fresh Pear Cake
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 285
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