I had some freshly picked pears and graham flour to use up and I combined them into this not-too-sweet, whole grain cake. The graham flour adds really nice nutty, honeyed notes, but if you can't find it, you can use whole wheat flour.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 large 9-inch cake
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Base:
Batter:

Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch pan with 2-inch sides and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

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  • Add butter pieces to the pan. Place in the preheating oven until melted. Sprinkle brown sugar on top. Arrange sliced pears in a circular pattern over the butter and brown sugar. Set aside.

  • Whisk graham flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.

  • Combine butter, brown sugar, oil, and honey in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat for 1 minute. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk; beat briefly after each addition.

  • Pour batter carefully over the pears. Smooth the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cake for 10 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack and peel off parchment paper. Allow to cool completely.

Cook's Notes:

Graham flour is a coarsely ground whole wheat flour. I use the Bob's Red Mill(R) brand.

If you don't have a 9-inch pan with 2-inch sides, fill your pan 3/4 of the way and bake any remaining batter as muffins.

Nutrition Facts

432 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 54.2g; fat 21.8g; cholesterol 93.3mg; sodium 429.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2019
The recipe was very easy to follow and the results were a visual pleasure and spectacular taste. I opted to toast and add hazelnuts and decorate the top. I baked my cake in a 9 x 2 chicken pot pie dish from Pottery Avenue. The cake lifted out so smoothly on top of my cake stand. I couldn t have asked for anything more! I wasn t sure what gram flour was so I put graham crackers in my food processor and used that And held back some of the brown sugar. Read More
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