Honey Cake And Caramelized Pears

Written By: KPN - Sep• 16•12
Serves 6-9
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 20 minutes
Meal type Dessert
From magazine Martha Stewart Living



  • Unsalted butter (softened, for pan)
  • 1 3/4 cup All-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 3/4 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Plus 2 tablespoons best-quality honey
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon zest (freshly grated)

Caramelized Pears

  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 3/4 lb Red Anjou pears (cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges )
  • 1/4 cup Honey


If you keep kosher and would like to make a dairy-free version of this recipe, substitute margarine for the butter and soy milk for the regular milk. The cake can be made (without the pears) one day ahead, and stored in plastic wrap at room temperature.

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Step 1
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 10-inch springform pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Mix flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside.
Honey Cake
Step 2
Mix eggs and sugars on high speed in the bowl with an electric mixer until pale and thick, about 3 minutes.
Honey Cake
Step 3
Mix together honey, milk, oil, and zest. With mixer on low, add honey mixture to egg mixture; mix until combined, about 1 minute. Add half the flour mixture; mix until smooth. Mix in remaining flour mixture. Pour batter into pan. Bake until dark golden brown, approximately 50 minutes.
Honey Cake
Step 4
Bake until dark golden brown, approximately 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes.Top with pears. Serve with whipped cream or topping, if desired
Honey Cake
Step 5
Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sugar; cook, stirring, until almost dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes.
Caramelized Pears
Caramelized Pears
Step 6
Add pears; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and just golden, 12 to 20 minutes. Pour in honey; cook, stirring, until pears are coated and very soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
Caramelized Pears

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