Pear Cake Update

I was making my wonderful pear cake again when all of a sudden I thought “Why don’t I use almond extract instead of vanilla extract?” Oh, why had I not thought of that sooner. So while I added this in only at the second hour, so to speak, exchanged one teaspoon of vanilla for one healthy teaspoon of almond extract. Next time I will cut out the vanilla altogether. But for now this, as always, smells ridiculously heavenly. Ha, wish you were here!

Here’s all you do:

The Pear Cake:

Pear Ingredients:

3 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Light Brown Sugar

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon Salt
½ Teaspoon Ground Cloves
½ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
¼ Cup Molasses

2 Teaspoons Almond Extract ;-)

1 Cup Vegetable Oil

3 Large Eggs
3 Cups Diced Pear

The Glaze:
½ Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
¼ Cup Water or Apple Juice
1 Cup Confectioner Sugar
½ Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350˚. Thoroughly grease a large bundt pan.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and granulated sugar. Mix in brown sugar, breaking up any clumps. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and mix in oil, eggs, vanilla extract and molasses. The batter will be quite thick. Fold in the diced pears being careful to not break up the fruit too much.

Spoon the cake batter into the greased bundt pan and spread the mixture evenly. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes before inverting on to a plate.

This cake needs no glaze just giggles. It’s simply delicious without anything but a little sprinkle of powdered sugar and good friends! Simple Sundays!

Bon Appétit!