Full Moon Recipe for November: Spiced Pear Cake

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
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F, 175­°C, or gas mark 4.
    2. Prepare a 9″x5″ loaf pan with non-stick spray.
    3. In a medium sized bowl or on a paper plate, whisk together the spices, salt, baking soda and flour.
    4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, applesauce, eggs, water, and extracts.
    5. Mix in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients by thirds.
    6. Slice the pears thinly.
    7. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan.
    8. Top with the pear slices, sticking them upright into the batter.
    9. Bake on the center rack for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
    10. Remove from pan after allowing to cool for at least thirty minutes or until cool to the touch
    11. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.
    12. Slice and serve!
    13. Top with vanilla ice cream and a bourbon caramel sauce for an extra sweet treat!
  • Notes
    • 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.

Memories

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!

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