Low Fat Pear Cake


Pear Cake is delicately flavoured with cinnamon. Two cups of chopped pears go into the batter. It has a very light crumb and is full of juicy pear bits and crunchy walnuts. Every bite is a burst of flavours, and amalgamation of different textures. It is a low fat cake and is very delicious. It makes a great breakfast cake and is a tasty accompaniment to a cup of tea.






The pears trees in our homestead are the old trees some as old as 30 to 40 years or more. 





These are gritty, juicy, and sweet pears albeit not very good looking ones. They have blotchy skin and are spindle-shaped. These pears don’t command a good price in the market. After all, good looks sell.


Most of the farmers in the village are now growing a small variety of pears that are round and juicy and have a lovely smooth yellow skin. These pears ripen early and fetch a good price.
Last week, one of our neighbours got a bag full of these pears. Most of the pears were eaten and some saved to bake a Pear Cake.


Pear Cake is delicately flavoured with cinnamon. Two cups of chopped pears go into the batter. It has a very light crumb and is full of juicy pear bits and crunchy walnuts. Every bite is a burst of flavours, and amalgamation of different textures. It is a low fat cake and is very delicious. It makes a great breakfast cake and is a tasty accompaniment to a cup of tea.



Last year I baked Wholegrain  Pear Cinnamon Cake. The cake has a lovely aroma of cinnamon and has the goodness of wholewheat flour



Low Fat Pear Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped pears ( ripe  and soft)
  • 1 cup unrefined sugar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 free-range egg whites
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (scant) salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a deep bowl, take chopped pears and sugar. Add lemon juice. Give a good stir. Cover and keep for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.  Grease and dust one medium size bundt pan or a regular 8 inch round cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the last four dry ingredients.
  4. Beat the egg whites till fluffy. Add oil. Mix well.
  5. To this add pear mixture. Add dry ingredients. Mix well so that there are no dry pockets or lumps.
  6. Fold in chopped walnuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top turns golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven after 5 minutes. Remove from the pan after 6-8 minutes.
  9. Invert on the rack to cool.
  10. Slice the next day.


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