Italian Pear Cake

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Italian Pear Cake
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Slice up those abate fetel pears and treat yoself to a low-stress cake. Serve this sweet treat at a spring party or for Easter brunch!
Servings Prep Time
12 90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 90 minutes
Italian Pear Cake
Print Recipe
Slice up those abate fetel pears and treat yoself to a low-stress cake. Serve this sweet treat at a spring party or for Easter brunch!
Servings Prep Time
12 90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 10-inch spring form pan. Peel the pears; chop one into small pieces for the batter, and slice the other two in lengthwise slices and reserve.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir to mix, then add lemon zest. Reserve. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar and eggs and beat for 2 minutes. When the eggs are light yellow and frothy, add the mascarpone and olive oil and beat until smooth. Use a spatula to fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture, being careful not to over-stir. Fold in the chopped pears.
  3. Spread the batter in the spring form pan and smooth the top. Arrange the pear slices in a pinwheel design on top of the cake, and sprinkle with the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with only moist crumbs attached. Cool on a rack, then run a paring knife around the edges of the cake and remove the spring form rim. Serve immediately, or store, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 days at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

Serving Suggestion

This moist fruit-forward cake really requires no frosting, but you could add a decorative sprinkling of powdered sugar to the top for an extra flourish. Serve with dark, rich demitasse cups of espresso.

Nutritional Information

230 calories, 31 g. carbohydrate, 4 g. fat, 1 g. fiber, 70 mg. cholesterol, 4 g. protein, 190 mg. sodium

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