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Fresh Ginger and Pear Cake

Fresh Ginger and Pear Cake

"With its pears and spices, it’s a great recipe to ease into the beginning of fall baking."

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Have you ever received a produce subscription box? We signed up for one a few months ago and now we have a variety of fruits and vegetables delivered to our front door every two weeks. It’s quite convenient and has led to some delightful new baking experiments; there have been several things included in the boxes that are outside the norm of our usual shopping trips. In a recent box we received a nice big chunk of fresh ginger and I quickly got to work to see what I could do with it, as I had never baked with it before. The box also contained some lovely, giant red pears, so this recipe for Fresh Ginger and Pear Cake from the View from Great Island fit the bill perfectly. 

Fresh Ginger Pear Cake - Pre Baking

After preparing the batter and pouring it into the pan, I tasted a little bit that somehow found its way onto my finger, and I will admit it made me apprehensive about how this recipe would turn out. It was spicy! The flavors were far too intense and I thought this cake was going to be a disaster. I was relieved, however, to taste the final product and find that the flavors had mellowed out into a pleasant, lightly spiced pear cake. I made only a few changes to the original recipe, mostly out of necessity (I wanted to make it gluten-free and didn’t have cardamom on hand). The result was delicious and I would gladly make this again. With its pears and spices, it’s a great recipe to ease into the beginning of fall baking (even though it is still solidly in the 90s everyday here in Florida). 

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