Thursday, June 30, 2011

Forelle Pear Cake

How is your Summer coming along? What are your plans for the long week end and July 4th ? July is a special month for my family too. The youngest one the family is born in this month. I can't believe that he is going to be 3 in a few days ! Time sure flies. We already miss his early years ! He sure is a handful ,but sometimes I wish I could freeze the time ,just to enjoy all his cuteness forever.

Forelle Pears


The other day he was doing something really naughty and his father raised his voice to let him know how mad is he. He turned around and told his father "Acha,turn down the volume". We always ask him to turn down the volume of the TV ,which he never watches, but always keeps switched on for his favorite cartoon as a back ground !

Forelle Pear Cake


Stories apart, coming to today's recipe.You will agree with me on the fact that these Forelle Pears are an absolute beauty to look at.Also they are very sweet.These are best served as it is, since they are too good as they are. But I had some really ripe Forelle Pears with me and we couldn't finish all of it. So I searched the net for recipes that uses this kind of pears and came across this buttery cake recipe. I went through the reviews and everyone seems to agree on the taste. I tried it and am happy that I did.

Forelle Pears

The lemon zest and my favorite spice cardamom gives a great flavor to this cake.I loved it when I had a warm slice and the cake was best on the same day I baked.


Forelle Pear Cake


Ingredients:

Forelle pears/Any small size pears- 5
Orange Juice- 1 Tbsp
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Granulated Sugar- 2 Tbsp
Pure Vanilla Extract- 1/2 tsp

All Purpose Flour- 1 1/4 Cup
Baking Powder- 1 tsp
Cardamom- 1/2 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Unsalted Butter- 6 Tbsp
Sugar- Little less than 1 cup
Eggs- 2
Zest of 2 lemons
Pure Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp

Method:

1.Slice the pears lengthwise into thin pieces.This is optional. You could core and slice lengthwise too.
2.Toss these slices with the juices,sugar and vanilla extract.Preheat the oven at 350 degree F and line a 9 inch Spring foam pan with parchment paper.
3.Whisk together the flour,baking powder,salt and cardamom powder.
4.In a mixing bowl beat together the butter and sugar until it is creamy.
5.Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
6.Add the zest and vanilla extract and mix again.
7.Add the dry mixture into the wet one in 2 additions, mixing each time to combine everything. Do not over mix.
8.Spread about half the batter evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
9.Spread the 3/4th of the pear slices on top.
10.Spread the remaining batter on top. It might not be enough to cover completely, but once the cake starts baking up, it spreads out well.
11.Place the remaining slices on the top in a layer.You could arrange it in a pattern, which I didn't,but it looks ok :-)
12.Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until the top starts to brown and the skewer inserted comes out clean.
13.Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.
14.Serve warm or cold.

Notes:

1.The original recipe uses cognac instead of orange juice for tossing the pears. I didn't do it since I have kids at home.
2. Also the recipe calls for Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top. This will give a nice caramelization. Unfortunately I didn't have any at home so I did not use any.
3.The cake is best on the same day. Keep any leftovers in the fridge.
4.You could serve this with some Vanilla ice cream.
5.You could use Apples or Peaches instead of Pears in this recipe.

Recipe Adapted from :Here

37 comments:

  1. Loved the colorful Pears and the cake is definitely scrumptious :)

    Cheers,
    Reshmi

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  2. oooh I made a very similar cake with apples and it would be such a good idea to try it with pears too! Am sure it was super yumm!

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  3. Just divine...lovely cake and super colorful pears :)

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  4. Very colorful and delicious pears cake. Excellent photographs.


    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. Pears is one of my favorites .. so juicy & crisp .. love the cake. enjoy yr long weekend

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  6. nami...i'm just ogling at the snaps...they look so good....n' the cake looks gorgeous....:)

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  7. Clicks are awesome dear...and the cake looks yummy....sure should have tasted great...

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  8. The Pears basket looks very colourful.The clicks r very nice.

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  9. Advance bday wishes to your little one. The cake looks pretty and delicious.

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  10. Extremely scrumptious cake :) Love the clicks :)

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  11. This is a true feast for the eyes:) Very beautiful pics... wonderful presentation... loved it:)
    Reva

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  12. cake looks really delicious...jus loveee the pics

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  13. looks fantastic ,no doubtthis will taste yummy

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  14. awww. kids are so cute!!!! ur son is a july born too :) so am i :) advance bday wishes to the lil guy :) The pears look so gorgeous and as though they are blushing! love the cake.. ive never tried a pear cake... as they are not so easily available here :)

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  15. Love the cake recipe looks absolutely delicious....wonderful clicks too esp the first one can't take my eyes of it :)

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  16. What a beautiful pear cake! Love those clicks.

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  17. The cake looks so yum n pretty ....awesome clicks

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  18. Kids are kids...and thats a lovely colorful looking cake...with pretty clicks...

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  19. Gorgeous looking cake... Lovely flavors...

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  20. happy birthday to the lil one. i am going through the same phase and really want to freeze the time too. the cake looks beautiful...but my son doesnot like anything sweet just like his father....so am the only one to eat all these goodies

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  21. Those pears look amazing

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  22. Cute story! Love the kids at that age especially. I also love that pear cake! Full of flavor and light.

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  23. What lovely pears! The cake looks yumm too...

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  24. Your son sounds so cute. I miss those days when my kids were small.

    This cake sounds wonderful, interesting with the cardamom too. I have not seen those pears; I will keep a look out. I would love to try this cake.

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  25. Perfect looking cake for this summer. Looks so good. Nice recipe. YUM!

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  26. I can assosiate with cartoon in the background, all the time..watching or not :) My kid does the same. And boy,"Acha,turn down the volume"..hilarious !
    Great looking pear cake. love the pics !

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  27. Beautiful pear! I've never seen this peach looking (at least color) pear before. So beautiful. I am sure the taste is just as nice as the look! Your pear cake looks delicious!

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  28. Cake looks soft, spongy, colourful, yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

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  29. the looks very soft and yummy..nice clicks as usual.. :)

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  30. such beautiful looking pears, those are!

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  31. What a delicious recipe!! Pears looks beautiful nami..I can't staring at them :)

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  32. here is where i read abt the birthday!!! i was wondering njan swapnam kandathanno ennu ..hahhaha

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