Chocolate-Cinnamon Pear Loaf Cake


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

Chocolate-Cinnamon Pear Loaf Cake
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


Poached Pears:

  • 3 8 ounce Bartlett pears, peeled

  • 2 cup water

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 3-inch stick cinnamon

  • 1 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 ounce white baking chocolate, melted

  • Finely shredded orange peel (optional)


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°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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

352 Calories
15g Fat
53g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 274mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3.6mg 18%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 246mg 5%
Folate, total 49.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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