Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake


This loaf cake, loaded with pears, cinnamon and chocolate is my homage to the final lyric of the Twelve Days of Christmas: “And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.”  It is a dense loaf cake, perfect for Christmas time gifting or enjoying yourself.  The inspiration was this cake in Better Homes and Gardens.  After I saw this picture of the sliced loaf I knew I had to make it.

UnknownI doubled the recipe to make two loaves, added ginger and chocolate chips  and left off the white chocolate drizzle on top.  I think it is perfectly decadent without the white chocolate but melt some and drizzle on top if you like.   I also didn’t peel my pears and didn’t mind the skin being left on.   I think this was the first time I’ve ever cored pears from the bottom, leaving the stem intact.  Can you tell I need some practice? DSC_0632

What to buy:

  • 3  pears,  cored from the bottom, leaving the stems intact
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 and 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

What to do:

  • in a large saucepan combine the water, 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar
  • add pears and reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until pears are tender
  • remove from heat and drain liquid
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • grease two loaf pans and set aside
  • in a large bowl combine3 and 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, 2/3 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, 2 teaspoons. cinnamon, baking soda, and salt
  • in another bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and olive oil
  • add olive oil mixture to flour mixture and whisk until smooth
  • pour batter into prepared pan
  • in a shallow dish combine 1 tablespoon. flour, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • roll each pear in the flour mixture to lightly coat
  • place pears, stem sides up, down the center of the batter so the pears are exposed at the top, as batter will rise up around them during baking
  • bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean
  • remove; cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes
  • remove from pan; cool completely








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