Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Pear and Cinnamon Cake

I've always loved using fruits such as apples, pears and peaches in my cakes as they bake so beautifully and are so moist and soft after baking. 


I saw this Bill Granger Pear and Cinnamon Cake featured on UK's online Independent newspaper and Bill said that this is a variation on his wife's simple cinnamon cake, with the addition of fruit and brown sugar to make it more wintery than the original. 


A soft butter cake scented with cinnamon baked topped with pears and walnuts makes a delicious tea time treat. I love the combination of flavours so much that I've made this cake twice. The best part about it is that it doesn't use that much butter so you won't feel so bad eating an extra slice or two. Best served warm and perhaps with some ice cream, if you like!


Pear and Cinnamon Cake (8 inch)
Recipe by Bill Granger

Ingredients
  • 75g/3oz butter, softened 
  • 125g/4oz soft dark-brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 175g/6oz self-raising flour 
  • 80ml/3fl oz milk 
  • 50g/2oz walnuts, roughly chopped 
  • 1 pear, peeled and cut into wedges 
  • 1 tbsp honey
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4. Beat the butter, sugar and cinnamon with electric beaters until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs. 
  • Tip in the flour, milk and most of the walnuts and mix until combined.
  • Pour the batter into a greased and lined 20cm cake tin, and dot the pears over the top with the remaining walnuts. 
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes before removing. Brush the cake with a little honey before serving warm.
This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake. 

26 comments:

  1. that's a very nice cake you've got there! i'd never tried making a pear cake/./.. and you just inspired me

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  2. I love fruit based cakes too and this looks stunning

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  3. I love to add fruits in my bakes too! This sounds so delicious with every bite!
    BTW I thought this link is already closed. Is still open until end December?

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  4. oh wow... what a crumbly looking cake!!! delicious...

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  5. Mich, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Wonderfully made.

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  6. This is fab! I have always used apples with cinnamon so I like the ideas of pears instead. Looks good! I can imagine the beautiful smell in you kitchen :-))

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  7. I too love to add fruits in the baking goods. This is one fabulous coffee cake.

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  8. Yes I can imagine this cake warm out of the oven with vanilla ice cream ;-)

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  9. Delicious pear and cinnamon combo Mich I will try this weekend.

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  10. Oh indeed, only 75g butter for such a big cake. Would like to have a slice please, hehehe!

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  11. Looovely cake! I agree about fruit in cakes :))

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  12. Hi Mich, so tempting just looking at the pic. Yummy :)

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  13. HI Mich, it looks so yummy. Can I have a slice please?

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  14. It's a beautiful cake! The texture looks very moist and rich
    No need to convince me and I looooooooove pears and cinnamon together

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  15. I love fruity cakes or any cakes for that matter but haven't been baking lately :D That pear and and cinnamon cake looks really good indeed ! Love the flavor combination .

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  16. Hi Mich! This cake sounds very appealing what with cinnamon, walnuts and pears!

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  17. I love that seasonal pears in the sake - it looks really moist and very yummy!

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  18. I usually buy Asian pears to eat after dinner (as dessert) but I don't usually buy regular pears. But I do know that pears in baked goods are amazing. They taste much better in baked goods for some reason and I can see that in your cake!!! My gosh looks so good, Mich!!!

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  19. Love the sound of this, perfect for this time of year.

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  20. My family would love this cake. I have never baked with pears before, I really should try it.

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  21. I love the topview of this cake... so pretty!

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  22. i like that it looks kind of rustic too!

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  23. I've been so involved with apples this month that I haven't even touched a pear. Bad, bad me:) Your Pear & Cinnamon Cake looks so delicious, Mich. I really need to get me some pears! Thank you so much for sharing...

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  24. Love this recipe as using small quantity of butter and yet yield delicious cake. Going to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Su Cake con frutas se ve maravilloso y aromàtico muy buena combinaciòn total.....Gracias por su comentario tenga usted una Feliz Navidad,hugs,hugs.

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