Recipe: Pear cake

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4D

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Serves 16

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).

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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.

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