September 30, 2015

39 | 52 Spiced Pear Crumb Cake

I love fall. I really do.
That crisp cool air outside and cozy evenings at home involving blankets and candles.

And cake. Of course. Always.

This specific one is absolutely perfect for fall. You can taste the season in every bite.

Spiced Pear Crumb Cake

For the filling:
4 ripe pears, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
juice of 1/2 lemon 

For the dough:
227g (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
145g (2/3 cup) dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon allspice
260 g (2 cups) flour
55g (1/2 cup) pecans, chopped

For the glaze:
65g (1/2 cup) powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 
milk or cream to thin
  • Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F). 
  • Combine pears, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Set aside. 
  • Cream butter the sugar until light and fluffy. Add salt and all spices and mix well. 
  • Add flour and mix until just combined (don't worry if the dough is crumbly - it's supposed to be like that). 
  • Press 2/3 of the dough mix into a prepared springform pan (23-25 cm / 9-10 in). 
  • Spread the pears out evenly on top of the dough. 
  • Add the pecans to the remaining dough and crumble it evenly over the pears. 
  • Bake for about 45 minutes. Let cool completely before glazing. 
  • For the glaze mix the sugar, nutmeg and as much milk or cream as you need to get a nice glaze consistency. Drizzle over the cooled cake. 
My modifications:

The taste:
Autumnally delicious. Soul food. It will definitely warm you from the inside.

What's your favorite fall cake?

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