This week Jon's mom celebrated a birthday so we spent all day Saturday at his parents house just hanging out, cooking, eating and playing games. I wanted to do something for her so I offered to make dessert for her, and since I know they really love fruit and healthier style food I thought I would go for a Pear Cake. I got the basic recipe from Lemon Basil. This cake actually turned out quite lovely. It has a really nice vanilla flavor to it, assisted by the asian pears, and the batter comes out to an airy between pound cake and angel-food cake consistency. For the most part, this cake is the fruit, and the cake just kinda serves to hold it together (but it's also just a great cake). I can't wait to try this sometime with berries.
I didn't grease the pan well and the pears stuck to the bottom, so that's why my cake isn't pretty, I had to scrape some out of the bottom..but hey its rustic
1 stick salted butter, melted
2 to 3 asian pears
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 F
1. Grease 8 inch round cake pan. Cut fruit thinly and line the whole bottom of the pan (you can stack on top of each other, create several layers, if you want)
2. Whisk sugar and eggs for a minute. Add Flour, vanilla and baking soda and blend well. Pour in the butter and blend additional minute.
3. Pour over fruit
4. Bake 35 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean