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Poached pears take center stage in this cinnamony loaf cake. Try substituting sour milk (milk with lemon juice or vinegar) for buttermilk.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

20 mins
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1 hr 40 mins


Poached Pears:


Poached Pears:
  • 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.

  • Preheat oven to 350°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.

  • 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.

  • To serve, drizzle melted white chocolate over loaf. Garnish with orange peel, if desired.

*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

352 calories; fat 15g; cholesterol 21mg; saturated fat 4g; carbohydrates 53g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 4g; sugars 30g; protein 5g; vitamin a 78.3IU; vitamin c 3.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 1.5mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 49.3mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 274mg; potassium 246mg; calcium 103mg; iron 2mg.