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Spiced Pear Cake
« on: July 25, 2012, 04:59:54 am »
This cake is divine!

 I had some pears that needed using up before my next fruit box arrived and smh.com.au had an article on the best afternoon tea cakes/loafs.  That article linked me through to Sophistimom's blog - which has lots of fabulous recipes!  I've just converted Sophistimom's recipe for the thermomix but Sophistimom says she was inspired by a Martha Stewart recipe!

I found this recipe will make two small loaf cakes or one square cake.  My boys and DH ate one of these loaves uniced within about 4 hours of it being made - so lucky i had another.  It is the most perfect morning tea or afternoon tea cake iced with some cream cheese icing.

Ingredients:
2-3 ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
110 gram unsalted butter
85 grams brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
100 grams sour cream or yoghurt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamon
11/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp salt
250 grams plain flour

Method:
Add pears, 1/4 cup white sugar and the lemon juice into TMX.  Cook 100°C / 15 mins / speed 1.  When finished cooking, mash the pears 5-7 secs / speed 5.

Measure out 11/2  cups of the pear sauce and set aside.  Clean bowl.

Add remaining white sugar and grind speed 9 / 5 secs.  Add butter and brown sugar and cream speed 4 / 2 mins.

Add in eggs, vanilla and sour cream and mix speed 5 / 2 mins.

Add spices, flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt and knead / 30 secs until it is just combined.

Add in pear sauce and mix speed 1-2 / 7 secs.

Bake in 2 lined loaf tins for 30-40 mins @ 160°C



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LucyH - We loved this cake!

Stephanie - Yum. I'm about to pull mine out of the oven.  It smells divine.  My mother in law will be here shortly for afternoon tea - she's an award winning CWA cook so I'm hoping to impress. I used tinned pears because I had a random tin in the pantry and I'm trying to eat what we have to hand.  I also used GF flour and allspice instead of cardamon and nutmeg (could not be bothered grinding them).  The batter was delicious!  I found a block of philly and some walnuts in the freezer - mmmmm cream cheese icing.   I also used a touch of stevia powder with the pears instead of sugar and rapadura instead of brown sugar.  That means I can have an extra piece doesn't it ;) Thanks for a great recipe.
Update - My MIL was very impressed.  The cake was so delicious - everyone devoured it and it did not suffer from using the GF flour - I find you have to eat cakes very quickly if you use the gf flour as it seems to dry them out within a day or so.  That was no problem with this cake as it was gone within 24 hours!

ES - I made this into two log cakes, and gave one to my neighbour to take for afternoon tea with a new mum. She said how lovely it was and that everyone went back for seconds. I used 3 pears, but it only made about 1 cup of purée so I added some apple purée I had in the freezer. It was an easy cake to make, I love anything with fruit in it.
 

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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 05:48:12 am »
That looks gorgeous, Snappy.  thanks for the conversion.  Why is it that I am always drawn to sweet things when I should be resisting them and not even looking at the recipes?
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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 06:47:46 am »
Thanks cuilidh.  It is a very moist and delicious cake.  And anyway, it contains fruit and low fat yoghurt - that's got to be healthy right?

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 07:28:23 am »
Mmm that looks so yummy,I am going to make it for my mum on Sunday she will love it  :)

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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 08:55:36 am »
Snappy - you are a bad influence on me!!  I simply cannot argue with your logic.
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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 09:25:18 am »
Oh yum, I have pears & will Make this tonight.

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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2012, 08:26:08 am »
LucyH how did you go?

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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2012, 08:54:13 am »
It looks lovely and moist. As it's healthy :D I may just have to try it and eat it.
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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2012, 09:05:13 am »
On to try list 😊
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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2012, 05:40:32 am »
We loved this cake!

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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2012, 05:48:59 am »
Yum. I'm about to pull mine out of the oven.  It smells divine.  My mother in law will be here shortly for afternoon tea - she's an award winning CWA cook so I'm hoping to impress.

I used tinned pears because I had a random tin in the pantry and I'm trying to eat what we have to hand.  I also used GF flour and allspice instead of cardamon and nutmeg (could not be bothered grinding them).  The batter was delicious!  I found a block of philly and some walnuts in the freezer - mmmmm cream cheese icing.  :P   I also used a touch of stevia powder with the pears instead of sugar and rapadura instead of brown sugar.  That means I can have an extra piece doesn't it  ;)  Thanks for a great recipe.

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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2012, 07:59:02 am »
  My mother in law will be here shortly for afternoon tea - she's an award winning CWA cook so I'm hoping to impress.

Gosh I do hope it does impress her then Stephanie, I would be quite intimidated serving food up to a MIL who is such a good cook.
Has she passed on any of her award winning recipes that you could adapt for the TMX?
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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2012, 01:48:14 pm »
LucyH Im so glad you liked it.  It's great to hear that it worked for somone else.

Stephanie, i never thought of using tinned pears - what a great idea.  Your MIL sounds like a fantastic cook - hopefully the cake turned out well for her

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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2012, 04:51:47 am »
My MIL was very impressed.  The cake was so delicious - everyone devoured it and it did not suffer from using the GF flour - I find you to eat cakes very quickly if you use the gf flour as it seems to dry them out within a day or so.  That was no prob with this cake as it was gone within 24 hours!   

As for MIL recipes- I do have a few of hers and I will try some conversions to post.  :)

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Re: Spiced Pear Cake
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2012, 12:23:58 pm »
Great to hear the cake impressed your MIL Stephanie.  I think it is such a moist cake that it would work out well with the GF flour.

I've just made it again tonight but using up some excess apples instead of pears.

I think i might have to try and see if i can find some more Martha Stewart recipes to convert if they all turn out this good