Chocolate-Cinnamon Pear Loaf Cake

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  • Makes: 10 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins to 25 mins
  • Bake: 50 mins to 55 mins 350°
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Chocolate-Cinnamon Pear Loaf Cake
Ingredients Poached Pears:
8 ounces Bartlett pears, peeled
cups water
tablespoon orange juice
3-inch stick cinnamon
1 2/3
cup packed brown sugar
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
cup buttermilk or sour milk*
cup olive oil
teaspoon ground cinnamon
ounces white baking chocolate, melted
    Poached Pears:
  1. Core the pears from the bottom, leaving the stems intact. In a large saucepan combine the water, 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add pears. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until pears are tender. Remove from heat. Discard liquid and cinnamon stick. Cool pears.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a large bowl combine the 1 2/3 cups flour, brown sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and olive oil. Add to flour mixture. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Bread:
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. In a small, shallow dish combine 1 Tbsp. flour, 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Roll each pear in the flour mixture to lightly coat. Place pears, stem sides up, down the center of the batter (pears will be exposed at the top, but the batter will rise up around them during baking). Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean Remove; cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.
  5. To serve, drizzle melted white chocolate over loaf. Garnish with orange peel, if desired.
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*Sour Milk:

To make sour milk, place 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in a 1-cup glass measure. Add milk to make 1 cup; stir well. Let stand 5 minutes before using.

Nutrition Facts (Chocolate-Cinnamon Pear Loaf Cake)
    Per serving:
  • 352 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 9 g monounsatured fat),
  • 21 mg chol.,
  • 274 mg sodium,
  • 53 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 30 g sugar,
  • 5 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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