It’s time for another recipe! First, the recipe. Then, me blathering onward about my occasionally questionable culinary capabilities and the memories this particular treat holds for me.
- The Ingredients
- 1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 3 large chicken eggs
- 1/3 cup room temperature water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 tablepoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 ripe pears, sliced thin.
- powdered/confectioner’s sugar for dusting
- The Way of Preparing
- Preheat oven to 350°F, 175°C, or gas mark 4.
- Prepare a 9″x5″ loaf pan with non-stick spray.
- In a medium sized bowl or on a paper plate, whisk together the spices, salt, baking soda and flour.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, applesauce, eggs, water, and extracts.
- Mix in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients by thirds.
- Slice the pears thinly.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan.
- Top with the pear slices, sticking them upright into the batter.
- Bake on the center rack for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from pan after allowing to cool for at least thirty minutes or until cool to the touch
- Dust with confectioner’s sugar.
- Slice and serve!
- Top with vanilla ice cream and a bourbon caramel sauce for an extra sweet treat!
- I’ve also made this as a pumpkin apple bread. Just omit the applesauce, substitute in canned pumpkin and use apples rather than pears. I dust that particular cake with cinnamon-sugar.
Oh man, was this a good one from way back. I think I had it once at an old coven meeting back in 2006, before I moved back to Chicago. It was originally someone else’s recipe and I’ve been chasing it since.
This one comes close, but isn’t quite right. I don’t know what to tweak to get it to match my memory of the spiced pear cake. Maybe extra cloves?
Anyway, it makes a good cake and ale dish!
Happy baking and Blessed Be!