This week I finally managed to get to our baby yoga class. It was a lot of fun, as always. Eryk was trying to sit up always when it was time to lay down. Just ignoring everything around and making his little crunches. So cute. Then when it was time for mommy (entire 3 minutes) to relax and stretch and exercise he decided to choke Sophie, the giraffe. Repeatedly. Close your eyes. Relax and breathe. In and SQUEAK SQUEAK out SQUEAK SQUEAK in and SQUEAK SQUEAK out. Imagine that your worries SQUEAK SQUEAK are floating away SQUEAK SQUEAK. You get the picture. Sophie is the best, just do not take her to yoga, baby or not, classes :).
After so much stretching and squeaking we deserved something good for dessert. One of us got pureed squash and one of us made (and ate) this delicious cake. What can I tell you about it? Maybe that it taste was nothing I expected. It was different in a good way. I love eating pastries and cakes, coffee cakes especially, but I must admit that all of them have something in common, taste-wise. I can’t really pin point what it is but definitely there is a common theme there. Well, this cake is different. It is dense and moist. It makes you ask for more. I love the pear’s skin wrinkled on the top and how the fruit melts with crumbs in my mouth. It tastes great with an afternoon tea and even better with morning coffee. Maybe pears make this cake special – the only other cake that I tried that had this “different” quality was this one. Also with pears.
Original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of chocolate. I omitted it this time but maybe next time, and there will be a next time, I try to add a bit too.
Recipe was adapted from Food52
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 pears
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a loaf pan (either line with parchment paper OR grease with butter).
- Rinse and core pears. Cut them into small chunks (leave skin on). Set aside.
- In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a big bowl whisk together sugar, eggs and vanilla. When mixture is smooth add yogurt and mix until fully incorporated.
- Stir dry ingredients into sugar/eggs/yogurt mixture. Some lumps may remain.
- Add canola oil. Mix until incorporated.
- Pour 2/3 batter into the prepared pan.
- Sprinkle half of the pear chunks over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over it, spread with spatula. Sprinkle the remaining pear pieces over it.
- Bake for ~1 hour, until tester comes out clean (mine took ~1hr 10 minutes, it will depend on how much fruit was added).
Yield: 10 generous slices
Nutritional Info (per slice): Cal 310, Prot 5g, Carb 41g, Fat 14g, Fiber 2g