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pear cake with spiced syrup

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

the fresh, soft pear cake with the anise, cardamom, & cinnamon-spiced syrup will create the perfect balance for your Monday morning!

(serves 8 & takes 1 hour)



⅔ cup sugar

⅔ cup butter, room temperature

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp of baking powder

2 eggs

⅔ cup + 3 tbsp of milk

2 pears, peeled & diced


3 cups water

1⅓ cup sugar

2 sticks of cinnamon

4 cardamom pods

2 star anise

1 orange peel

2 orange slices

4 pears, peeled


1. preheat oven to 350ºF. grease & flour a round cake pan.

2. in a bowl, beat sugar & butter. sift in dry ingredients, & add eggs & milk.

3. fold in pear, pour into pan, & bake 45 minutes. let cool & remove from pan.

4. meanwhile, in a medium pan over medium-high heat, bring syrup ingredients (except for pears) to boil. add pears & cook until tender. remove pears from syrup & let cool.

5. thirty minutes before serving, return syrup to pan & simmer to reduce mixture to a thick syrup. serve cake with soft pears & syrup.


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