Spiced Pear Tea Cake & Food with Friends

Spiced Pear Tea Cake 032217How does one top off a terrific dinner with friends?  The food was delicious, the wine delightful and the company superb.   To finish off a great evening I decided to make a Spiced Pear Tea Cake.

Over the years, I’ve stumbled across various tea cake recipes. I’ve also had the ability to make and enjoy many of them. In fact, a dear friend gifted me with a recipe book entitled “Food with Friends” for my last birthday.  After skimming through its pages, I discovered a recipe for a Hazelnut Tea Cake with Plums.  Intrigued I made it at my very first opportunity, and it was FABULOUS.  Disclaimer, I’ve even made it into cupcakes.

Inspired by that tea cake, I decided to make one of my own. Enter the Spiced Pear Tea Cake.

Ingredients:

-½ cup date sugar
-½ cup sugar from the raw
-1/3 cup melted coconut oil
-1-5.3 ounce Siggies spiced pear skyr
-4 ounces cream cheese
-¼ cup buttermilk
-1 tsp almond extract
-1 tbsp Cointreau
-½ cup hazelnut flour
-½ cup almond flour
-2/3 cup white flour
-1 ½ tsp baking powder
-½ tsp baking soda
-½ tsp salt
-2-½ tsp cinnamon (or two ½ tsp servings, one for the batter, the other for the topping)
-1 cup toasted almonds
-½ cup toasted coconut
-1 pear

Directions:

 1-Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9-10 inch pie pan.

2-Add cream cheese, skyr, sugars, buttermilk and melted coconut oil to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed.  Then add the eggs, almond extract and Cointreau.  Continue mixing until incorporated.

3-In a separate mixing bowl add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, ½ tsp cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine.

4-Pour your dry ingredients into the wet gradually, mixing until well incorporated.

5-Heat a medium sized frying pan over medium high heat.  Once to temp add the almonds, coconut and remaining ½ tsp of cinnamon to the pan.  Cook, stirring frequently until the mixture is golden brown and fragrant. Remove from heat, and let cool for about 5 minutes.

6-Once the almond, coconut mixture has cooled, add half of it into your batter.  Mix to combine and then pour batter into your pre-greased pie pan.

7-Top the pie with thin slices of pear (being careful to remove any seeds) and the rest of the almonds and coconut.

8-Place in oven, and cook for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center can be removed cleanly.  I covered mine with foil for the second half of the time to ensure the cake did not become overly brown. Cool in pie pan.  To serve, slice and enjoy on its own or with some fresh whipped cream.

Enjoy!

As always eat health stay fit,

Elle

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