cardamom pear bundt cake
Here’s my process for baking: Buy a lot of pears at the farmers market. Let them ripen in the fruit basket on the counter. Dig out a bundt pan from the hell that is called the lazy Susan in my kitchen. Find a recipe on a food blog. Ask Ella to make it. (Notice that I do not do any actual baking myself). Eat the final product.
This recipe comes from Choosy Beggars blog. Now, I have to admit that this bundt cake is very dense. It is best served slightly warm with Greek yogurt slathered on top. The yogurt sinks into the cake and helps it be less dense. Don’t mix in the dry ingredients too much or you will end up with a doorstop of a bundt cake. The cardamom is very distinctive. That might have been because Ella used crushed cardamom seeds popped right out of the pods. Because we only had cardamom pods. I think ground cardamom would be milder in flavour.
I liked this cake. It was punchy and distinctive and well tempered when served with the soft Greek yogurt.
Cardamom Pear Bundt Cake
-adapted from Choosy Beggars blog
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 large firm pears, skin on, small diced
3 cups plus 3 Tablespoons white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Preheat the oven to 350. Butter and flour your bundt pan.
Combine brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons flour, cardamom and cocoa in a bowl. Add the diced pears.
In a mixer, cream together butter and white sugar. Add eggs one at a time and mix. Add the vanilla and yogurt.
In another bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture to the mixer, and blend until just combined.
Stir in 1/3 of the pear mixture. Spread half of the dough in the bundt pan. Put the rest of the pears on top and smooth down. Add the other half of the dough and smooth out. Add a zig-zag pattern with a knife on top of the dough. Smooth out again.
Cook for 45 minutes. Let the cake cool for five minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack.