So after two plain Hot Milk Cake and Chocolate Buttermilk Cake, let me present you a full on, mouthful bake! I love baking with fruits and it is evident with the amount of cakes that have fruits included in it. My first and only pear bake was this one, which I totally loved, so when this recipe was posted by Ms. Zanam Fijas on a FB group, I had to save it up and try. It is definitely one of the rare recipes that I baked as soon as I landed up on the recipe! 😀 As far as I am concerned, it was that tempting!
Cinnamon is a beautiful spice. But it can be a turn off too, if not used in the correct amount. Somehow, I hate the taste of cinnamon in bakes that we get to buy from outside. I feel they are just too artificial! The flavor pricks on your taste buds and it leaves a totally different taste. I am not sure how many would share my thought. Umma hates cinnamon. When she was visiting US, she wouldn’t eat any cake my sister would buy since, “Ellaathinumundaavum pattande choya!” (Everything would have the taste of cinnamon!) But I love bakes with mild cinnamon flavors, though wouldn’t like it if it overpowers, just like her! 😉
The cake is a usual butter cake but with the twist of the pears coated in cinnamon sugar. Each bite leaves you with soft peices of pear oozing of the cinnamon and brown sugar flavors. The only issue because of that is that the cake needs to be refrigerated if you stay in a hot place. The moistness of the pear tends to spoil the cake much faster. But then, you wouldn’t have much remaining on your plate – I warn you. As usual, my kids weren’t very impressed. Rasha out-rightly said no, but Azza had a slice, since it is a plain cake without chocolate and she loves pears. But still wouldn’t go more than the slice.
I bought a few slices to the office, B and HD had a couple and I downed a couple of them too (I wasn’t on a controlled eating session at that time! 😉 ) The colleagues loved it, and the men enjoyed it too. I obviously loved it! I have to tell you how good this bake smelled! Whether it was when being mixed, or baked or even while eating, it had a amazing aroma. Thank you so much to the person who shared this amazing recipe! Off to it…
- 3 medium pears, peeled and chopped
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 100 gm butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1½ cup all purpose flour
- 1¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup milk
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan well.
- Mix the pears, brown sugar and cinnamon powder and set aside.
- Beat butter and sugar till creamy.
- Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition.
- Add the vanilla essence and beat in.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt well in a bowl.
- Add half the dry ingredients and half the milk into the butter mixture and beat till combined.
- Add the remaining flour mixture and milk and beat till the batter is done.
- Pour ⅓ of the batter into the pan and spread. Sprinkle half the pear mixture on it.
- Spread the next ⅓ of the batter on top of the pear mixture. Sprinkle the remaining pear mixture all over and then top with the leftover batter. Tap lightly to flatten the top.
- Bake for 45 to 60 minutes till skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Slice and serve to enjoy with a cup of tea.