Thursday, February 23, 2006

Pear Pecan Cake

Sometimes, even the best of intentions can get thwarted. Making this pear pecan cake today was a lesson in patience. After prepping the pan, preparing the ingredients and putting the cake in the oven to bake, I made some tea only to discover that my tube pan sprung a leak and my oven was smoking like crazy. After taking out the unfinished cake, I turned off the oven and waited for it to cool down before cleaning it up and putting the cake back in (on a cookie sheet this time). After 40 minutes, I checked and it was finished and nicely browned. I took it out, very relieved that it was not ruined.

The recipe I made comes from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook and is very straightforward. Dry ingredients are combined and then oil, eggs and vanilla are mixed in. The batter is not runny or pourable - it is stiff and I used my wooden spoon to distrubute the batter evenly in the pan. The cake bakes up with a solid, moist crumb. It is a perfect coffee cake studded with soft pear and crunchy pecans. I finished off the cake with a simple sugar glaze and sprinkled reserved nuts on top. Considering what it took to make it, this cake was well worth it.

6 comments:

Easily Pleased said...

oh gosh. this is my first visit to your blog of baking delights, and i am in awe. man, can you bake. my mouth is watering. are you so prolific because it helps warm up the house in a Canadian winter to have the oven going? ;)

i will be back for sure.

Canadian Baker said...

Easily pleased - Thanks for the nice comments. You're right about the oven...makes inside nice and toasty when the snow is swirling outside. :)

Joe said...

Doh! Sorry to hear about the leak but what a great save! The coffee cake sounds quite tasty... I made some coffee cake muffins for Jeff to take into the office once and he had a couple people ask "So how much coffee is in it?" hee hee!

Randi said...

oh yum!!

lori said...

can you please post your recipe for this lovely pear pecan cake :)
thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi there I am interested in making this cake..and live far from a book store to buy the book..and really would love to try your recipe.. would you consider posting it .. thanks Verna B