Pear Cake with Pine Nuts

  • Yield: 8 servings


1 1/4cups flour
3/4cup sugar
1/8teaspoon salt
1/4cup (1/2 stick) butter, chilled and cut into pieces
2tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1/3cup fat-free sour cream
1/4cup reduced-fat milk
1teaspoon grated lemon zest
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/4teaspoon baking soda
1-- egg
2cups thinly sliced pears


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pasty blender until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
  3. Mix 1/3 cup of the flour mixture, cinnamon and pine nuts in a bowl.
  4. Combine the remaining flour mixture, sour cream, milk, lemon zest, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and egg in a large mixing bowl.  Beat at medium speed until blended.  Pour into a 9-inch cake pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Arrange the pear slices evenly over the batter.  Sprinkle with the pine nut mixture.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the  Dallas Junior Forum’s Tuxedos to Tailgates (Dallas Junior Forum of Richardson, Texas, 2003).