Before I forget, again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
With the rush of everyone getting back to their school and work routine I forgot about this special occasion on the previous blog post, which was the first of 2018! I hope everyone had a great Holiday season and that a lot of baking has been done! We had a great time, just the four of us - we headed to New Orleans to spend the Christmas week and we had the most amazing time ever. The kids loved it, specially because there was a Christmas Fest, involving rides and fun activities! We loved getting to know someplace different from where we live (New Jersey).
Everyone was so nice and we had a great time tasting all we could from the Creoule and southern cuisine. Well seasoned food and great quality seafood! We had to get a po'boy (of course!) and the gumbo, which are the typical dishes around NOLA. You can find them everywhere and we had them on the French Market, where we could also experience the true flavors of the South!
This BBQ po'boy was the best! The spicy seasoning, the shrimps, the bread, everything was amazing! We had these two dishes at "Liuzza's by the track" which is THE place to go for a delicious and mouthwatering meal if you are ever by the city park, in NOLA.
This gumbo was so tasty that we had to ask for another bowl my 9 year old son! Being that kids tend to be picky with "non-familiar" foods I was so glad that he liked it and that he wanted a bowl of his own...yes, because I wanted mine for myself, too! Spicy alligator sausage, shrimp, tomatoes and gold old seasonings...hoe can we not love that??
Now, back to the cake!
I was feeling like baking a cake on a cold day. Baking is such a great satisfying hobby when you have cold weather outside and everything's covered in a white blanket of snow. It just makes sense! I always liked simple cakes, like teacakes and I usually try to sneak in some fruit for a moist texture and fruity flavor.
This time I decided to use pear, both inside the cake and on the top of the cake, for extra natural sweetness. I naturally crave for sugary foods on cold weather, so I rather have my sugar cravings satisfied with fruit and honey than with something not as natural, as artificial sweeteners. I also used the Savannah Bee Company whipped cinnamon honey and it was the perfect addition to the cake: the final result was a super moist pear cake with a touch of honey and cinnamon that were the perfect flavor combo to pair with some chopped walnuts that I decided to add at the last minute!
1 - Start by getting your ingredients measured and prepared.
2 - Preheat the oven at 375 F.
3 - On a standing mixer beat the softened butter with the sugar until you get a fluffy mixture. Add the eggs, the milk and the honey and continue beating until everything is well incorporated.
4 - Add the sifted flour and the baking powder and mix the batter up just to get these ingredients well incorporated.
5 - Peel and dice one of the pears and add it to the cake batter. Add the chopped walnuts, reserving some for decoration.
6 - Spray your cake pan with nonstick spray or use butter to coat it. Drop the cake batter on the pan and use the other peeled pear and the remaining walnuts to decorate the top of the cake, as seen in the picture.
7 - Bake the cake in the oven for about 45 minutes, until the batter is cooked through and with a golden color. Time may vary according to the oven so, please, check it from 30 minutes on, so you can keep the baking level of your choice.
8 - Turn the oven off and let the cake cool down on a cooling rack, still on the pan. When the cake has cooled down a bit turn the pan upside down, onto a plate and turn the cake over again onto a serving plate.
Doesn't that cake look delicious? I think I'm going to have to bake another one soon! I bought some delicious apples and they would be perfect for this cake, too! Also, I used the cinnamon honey to whip up a honey cream topping - I heated 1 Tbsp of cinnamon honey and 1/2 cup of cream in a saucepan and let it warm up until it was bubbly and thick.
It was perfect to drizzle on the cake and it gave it an extra quick of sweetness and sticky yumminess!
I'll be baking some delicious cake again, to face off this cold winter days that we've been having.
here's nothing like a warm cup of tea with a still warm slice of cake by the fireplace to warm up the soul!