January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
You’d be forgiven for wondering if I accidentally left the ”coffee” off the ingredients list below. I didn’t … but when I first examined the recipe I thought the same thing. But then I realised that I was looking at an American website for “coffee cakes” … and not one of the recipes had coffee in it. And then I googled … and Wikipedia filled in the blanks:
I’d never heard of “coffee cakes” before … but I’m particularly delighted at this new discovery. This is my kind of cake – that is to say, it’s delicious … but most importantly it’s very quick and easy to make. Ideal when you need to throw something together at a moments notice.
I found this coffee cake recipe which called for “home-canned plums” … which I guessed to mean “tinned” fruit. I didn’t have any plums at hand … but I did have some left-over tinned pears which I needed to use up … so I just adapted the recipe to suit. I guess you could use any tinned fruit.
(I did wonder about using fresh fruit – but you only bake this cake for 20 – 25 minutes … which wouldn’t be long enough to cook “raw” fruit. I think this would work with berries though. I’m going to give it a go with raspberries next.)
Anyway – here is the recipe for …
Buttermilk Pear Cake
1/4 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar (if you are using a particularly tart fruit you might want to add another 1/2 cup of sugar)
1 1/2 cups of plain flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarb (baking soda)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of buttermilk
Tinned pears (or other fruit)
Brown sugar (or demerera)
Heat oven to 180 degrees and grease a square cake tin.
Cream the butter and sugar and then the eggs. Add the buttermilk and the dry ingredients and beat together to form a smooth batter.
Pour batter into the tin and layer the tinned fruit on top. I sliced the pears into pieces about 1 inch thick and arranged these to cover the top of the batter. You don’t need to be very exact with this.
Liberally sprinkle the top with the cinnamon and brown sugar. I recommend at least 3 tablespoons of sugar and at least 1 teaspoon of cinnamon … more if you like the flavour!
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes … until the top is puffed up and golden. Your kitchen will smell like heaven!
Enjoy a large slice with a steaming cup of coffee. Sigh.
x Sim x