Olive Oil Pear & Walnut Cake

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Hello all– It’s officially baking season– a little late here, but all the more welcome!  The market was loaded with stack of big bright pears this week just when I came across this recipe for a rustic little cake made with olive oil.

So when the Monday friends came in last week it was on the table– with a heaping bowl of whipped cream.  The tender pears, sugar walnuts and sturdy little cake just belong together.  I think you’d like it too!

OLIVE OIL PEAR & WALNUT CAKE
2 large pears, peeled, seeded and sliced
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup unflavored yogurt
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped– divided
3 tab. more of sugar

IMG_3773Prepare the pears and set aside.

Whisk the eggs and 1/2 cup sugar together for 2 minutes.  Then stir in the olive oil and yogurt.  Next mix in the flour, baking powder and salt just until it’s all blended.  Finally fold in 1/2 cup of the walnuts.

Then scoop the stiff batter into a 10″ round cake pan (I used a tart dish) that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Arrange the pear slices in a circle over the cake batter.  Then sprinkle the other 1/2 cup of walnuts on top and dust the the 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Drop it into a 350 degree over for 40 to 45 minutes until the cake is cooked through (test for crumbs with a sharp knife).  Lovely served warmish with piles of whipped cream!

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4 thoughts on “Olive Oil Pear & Walnut Cake

  1. I have been baking a lot recently & amongst other things many of your lovely cake & tart recipes! xxx
    This , I also made! Delicious! I knew that olive oil works in a cake & here it also was perfection!

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