Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears

Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp freshly grated lemon zest

  • CARAMELIZED PEARS – Makes about 2 cups
  • 1 Tbl unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¾ lbs pears, sliced
  • ¼ cup honey
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 10-inch springform pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside.
  3. Mix eggs and sugars on high speed with electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and thick, about 3 min.
  4. Whisk together honey, milk, oil, and zest.
  5. With mixer on low, add honey mixture to egg mixture; mix until combined, about 1 min.
  6. Add half the flour mixture; mix until smooth. Mix in remaining flour mixture.
  7. Pour batter into pan. Bake until dark golden brown and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 min.
  8. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 min. Run a thin knife around edge of cake; carefully remove sides of pan. Transfer cake to a platter. Top with pears.
  10. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  11. Add sugar; cook, stirring until almost dissolved, 1 to 2 min.
  12. Add pears; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and just golden, 12 to 20 min.
  13. Pour in honey; cook, stirring, until pears are coated and very soft, 3 to 5 min.
  14. Pour over cooled cake.


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