If you seek an idea for easy, quick and tasty cake for autumnal tea time this one is just perfect. It is very moist cake with nice texture (thanks to bran addition) with sweet pear pieces. I decided for banana frosting after discovered that banana and pear share the same fruit ester called isoamyl acetale and because of that they have similar taste drop. And I can say this is really good combination. Enjoy!
rectangular pan 13 x 9 inch
- ¾ cup butter
- 2 large pears, peeled, cored and chopped finely
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup wheat bran
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 150 g cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 7 tablespoons icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons powdered freeze-dried bananas
- 1 tablespoon milk
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking pan with paper parchment.
In a small sauce pan melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add chopped pears and cook on the medium heat about 12-15 minutes until tender. Remove from the saucepan and set aside. In the same sauce pan melt the remaining butter. Pour to the large bowl and add sugar and maple syrup. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add eggs and vanilla extract, stir together. Stir in flour, bran, baking powder, salt and soda. Stir in pears. Spread batter In the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes until light brown and puffed. Cool on a wire rack.
Make frosting: beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add icing sugar, banana powder and milk. Beat until incorporated.
Spread frosting over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with sprinkles.
Category: Fruit cakes.
Tags:banana, bran, maple syrup, pear.