Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
This not-too-sweet cake recipe is from "Piece of Cake! One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes" by Camilla V. Saulsbury (Robert Rose, $29.95, 288 pages).
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
21/2 cups coarsely chopped firm, ripe pears
Nonstick baking spray with flour
In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add eggs, sour cream, butter and vanilla to flour.
Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat for 1 minute, until blended. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl with a spatula. Beat on medium for 1 minute.
Gently stir in pears.
Spread batter evenly in 9-by-13-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick baking spray with flour. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.