I have yet to see bruised fruit displayed as a centerpiece in someone’s home. Yesterday my husband asked me if I was keeping rotten pears for a reason. They were not rotten, they were bruised . Bruised fruit is delicious fruit. Once peeled the juicy flesh oozed between my fingers.
Quite some time ago I had found a recipe in ‘Bon Appetit’ magazine for Apple Spiced Cake. It was time to make some substitutions and these pears would foot the bill.
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
4 pears, peeled & chopped
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (I always use Kerrygold )
2 cups soft brown sugar
3 large eggs
Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F. If you are using loaf pans, spray them or grease them with melted butter and flour. I purchased 4 disposable loaf pan cartons and they did not need to be prepared.
Sift flour and next 6 ingredients into bowl.
In an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Next add flour mixture . Mix in chopped pears.
I added some Mexican Chocolate pieces to my loaf but this is, of course, optional. Pour your batter into prepared pans and bake for 1 hour or until tester comes out clean.
Using brown paper, ribbons and more you can decorate as you like and deliver to friends… I hope you enjoy !