Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pear Pudding Cake

The Saturday Sweet for this week and next will feature pears.  Although I have used fresh pears in quick breaks and such, I have made very few dessert recipes in which they were more or less the star of the dessert.

A few weeks ago we were given some Bartlett pears which, of course, managed to all ripen at about the same time.  I decided to make a couple desserts with them, and this is one that I made.

It is one of those cake on top, sauce on the bottom dishes which we like a lot.  I will be making this again.  Although it was very good cold, it was wonderful just slightly warmed with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream on the top.  After the first day, I just microwaved each serving for abut 30 seconds and added the ice cream.

Fresh or canned pears can be used in this recipe so it can be made year round.  I like to add chopped walnuts or pecans for a little-added crunch, but that is entirely optional.

Pear Pudding Cake
2 c. flour
1 1/3 c. sugar (may reduce sugar if using canned pears)
1 T. baking powder
1  t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
Dash ground cloves
1  c. milk
2 to 3 pears, peeled, cored and chopped or 1 (16 oz.) can pears, drained and chopped (bite size pieces) save juice
1/2 c. toasted chopped walnuts or pecans (opt.)

Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and blend well.  Stir in milk until well blended.  Add chopped pears and stir.  Turn batter into a well-greased 9x13-inch baking dish.  Combine the following ingredients, stirring until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted.  Gently pour over the top of batter.

1 1/2 c. boiling water (if using canned pears use drained juice as part of the water)
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 t. vanilla

Bake at 375degrees for 45 minutes.  Serve at room temperature or just slightly warm with ice cream if desired.   Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator.  Serves 12 to 15.

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  1. Ohhhh and our pear trees over at Sam's dad's didn't make it this year! Too bad....because i would so be making this with homegrown pears!!


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