Monday, January 4, 2010

Pear and honey cake

Pear and honey cake / Bolo de pêra e mel

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope you had wonderful holidays with your loved ones, with lots of good food. I thought the first post of the year should be something simple yet delicious, and golden, as I hope 2010 will be.

Pear and honey cake / Bolo de pêra e mel

Pear and honey cake
from Donna Hay magazine

3 pears (600g), cut in half, then each half into four wedges, seeds removed
½ cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (184g) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup (116g) light brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 ½ cups + 1 ½ tablespoons (225g) all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/3 cup (80ml) whole milk

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; generously butter a deep 23cm (9in) fluted flan/tart pan with a removable bottom.
Combine the pears, honey and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until the pears are just tender. Drain the pears, reserving the poaching liquid.
Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg over the butter mixture, beat in slow speed just to incorporate then fold through the milk.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and arrange the pears on top. Bake for 50 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer – you might want to check the cake after 40 minutes.
Carefully remove the cake from the pan while still warm, spoon over the reserved poaching liquid and serve immediately.

Serves 8

Pear and honey cake / Bolo de pêra e mel


Pei-Lin said...

Looks very yummy!! You have a Happy 2010!

Love your blog and photography (styling as well) ...

Keep it up!


Andrea said...

Happy New Year! :)
I'm looking forward to your new recipes and wonderful photos in 2010. :)

Gigi said...

happy new year patricia! i loved all your holiday baking. it was all looked so beautiful and delicious!

Katie said...

Happy New Year. This looks wonderful. Simple flavours and very elegant. Just what you need on a cold morning

Katja Kristoferson said...

I absolutely adore your blog, and want to make everything!

Happy new year!

Vanille said...

Happy New year to you Patricia !
Hope you had some good time too ! ;)

Abby said...

Lovely, as always. That Donna Hay knows what she's doing! And Happy New Year to you!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Happy new year! This tart is such a lovely way to start the year.

kiss my spatula said...

hope you had a wonderful holiday. your tart is a perfect beginning. happy new year, patricia!

Emily said...


Hope you had a good holiday!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Happy New Year, Patricia. Your cake is beautiful. Starting the new year with this on the plate bodes very well for the future!

Kate/Kajal said...

Hey Patricia, wish you a fabulous New Year :) This cake looks delicious, lovely flavours !

linda said...

i truly enjoy your site! first time commenting... i baked your almond, vanilla & raspberry friands for xmas day & they were fabulous...i am baking your apple cake with toffee crust tomorrow...& next up will be this pear & honey cake...
thank you for fueling me & i look forward to a delicious 2010!
happy new year patricia!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Pei-Lin! I'm so glad you're enjoying my blog, thank you very much!

Andrea, thank you! That makes me really happy. :)

Gigi, thank you! I'm glad you liked those recipes, tks!

Katie, thank you! Not hard to make, but a good cake.

Katja, you are far too kind, thank you!

Vanille, thank you, sweetie! I did!

Abby, Donna is a genius - I love her work!
Thank you!

Lydia, my dear, thank you!

KMS, thank you very much!

Emily, thank you, sweetie!

Lynn, I'm so glad you like the cake - thank you, darling!

Kate, thank you! I wish you all the best, too!

Linda, it makes me really glad to hear about the friands - thank you very much for letting me know!
Hope everyone enjoys the cakes!

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