Gingerbread-Pear Loaf Cake

Gingerbread-Pear Loaf Cake
Gingerbread-Pear Loaf Cake (Source: Thomas, Rachael)


Prep Time: 1½ hours

Yields: 8–10 servings


Did you know December is National Pear Month? Pears are a traditional fruit around the holidays and can be found in many recipes from tarte Tatin to trifles. Your family and friends will love this different, but yummy loaf cake!

Stirrin' It Up: Gingerbread-Pear Loaf Cake (Dec. 11, 2018)


2 tbsps minced crystallized ginger, divided

1 large pear, peeled and diced

1½ cups all-purpose flour

2 tsps baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1½ cups sugar, divided

1 (4-ounce) stick unsalted butter, softened

1¼ cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

2 tsps pure vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9” x 4½” loaf pan then set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar and butter until creamy. Add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla into mixture and whisk until incorporated.

Using a wooden spoon, mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients then fold in pear and 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with remaining sugar and crystallized ginger.

Bake in center of oven for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

NOTE: During the last 15 minutes of baking, you may wish to loosely cover the top with foil to prevent overbrowning.

Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let cool completely in the pan. Invert the cake onto a plate and invert again. Slice the cake and serve.

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