This recipe is truly simple and pears are in season so I'm making this for Simple and in Season hosted by Ren of Fabulicious Food. It's a mix everything together type of cake with no fancy equipment required. The longest time taken (apart from baking) was pre-heating my oven (it's very slow) and preparing the pears. You can have this cake in the oven in 10 minutes flat, no kidding. The result - absolutely amazing in terms of smell and taste. I love the smell of baking but even more when there's cinnamon involved! The cake itself is light and moist and I love the crunch and sweetness of the pears. You can substitute the pears for apples or plums.
Recipe adapted from honeyandsoy
3 pears, peeled and cut into halves
80mls vegetable oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus extra for sprinkling (optional)
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon brown sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Grease and line a 25cm cake tin. (Mine is only 20 cm so I had half a pear left which I used to fill the gaps)
- In a large bowl, mix together the yoghurt, sugar, oil, honey and vanilla.
- In another bowl, sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda.
- Peel and core the pears and then cut them in half.
- Add the flour mixture to the yoghurt mixture and combine gently.
- Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.
- Top with pear halves.
- Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.