Cinnamon-Pear Almond Cake

pear cake recipe
Liking my cinnamon-pear jam so much, I thought I would make a cake that captures the same flavor. This cake is not too dense, and yet not at all fluffy. It is a moist cake dotted with chunks of sweet and tender pear. It is thoroughly permeated with cinnamon. It slices like a dream. It tastes great freshly baked; it tastes even better after a day or two. It is mixed by hand in one bowl. It is flourless and gluten-free (albeit unintentionally). And it will undoubtedly make many more appearances in my kitchen.

Cinnamon-Pear Almond Cake
(Makes one 8x4x2-1/2-inch loaf pan or a 8×8-inch square pan)
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3 medium pears (any type), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 large eggs
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons (134 g) sugar
2 3/4 cups (247 g) almond meal
1 tablespoon (8 g) ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 g) salt

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Grease a 8x4x2-1/2-inch loaf pan or a 8×8-inch square pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with a wire whisk until homogeneous.
  • Add baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; mix well.
  • Add the almond meal; mix well.
  • Fold in the pear cubes.
  • Pour the batter (quite thick) into the prepared pan, and bake on a rack positioned in the middle of the oven until the cake passes the toothpick test (about one hour for the loaf pan and 40-50 minutes for the square pan).
  • Let the cake cool completely in the pan before unmolding and slicing.
  • 5 Responses to Cinnamon-Pear Almond Cake

    1. Quasi Serendipita March 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

      Sounds heavenly! And refreshingly simple 🙂 Any news on the hoodies?

    2. Leela March 26, 2011 at 12:42 am #

      QS – Thanks. 🙂 Totally forgot about the hoodies!!! I’m on it. Will let you know. Sorry. Hehe.

    3. s_mescon April 2, 2011 at 2:18 am #

      Hi Leela!

      Is almond meal easy to find? If not, can you give us a source? Your blog is the only one I have permanently tabbed in my browser!

    4. Leela April 2, 2011 at 2:29 am #

      s_mescon – Oh, thank you! 🙂

      Almond meal is pretty widely available these days in regular grocery stores. Bob’s Red Mill makes it, so do other brands. Whole Foods certainly carries it. My favorite supermarket grinds almonds in-house and sells it by the pound in plastic bags. definitely has it.

      Or you can make it at home by grinding blanched (skinned) almonds in a food processor until you get a fine meal. The only thing to watch out for is to not over-process it to the point where almond meal becomes almond butter. This can happen easily with the heat generated by the food processor motor.

      To minimize that risk, you can measure out the amount of almonds specified in the recipe (247 grams) and grind it in the food processor along with the sugar. As long as you don’t over-process it, the presence of the sugar should help somewhat in making the almonds less susceptible to turning into almond butter.

    5. ilya April 10, 2011 at 2:06 am #

      Almond flour is widespread nowadays; the cheapest one is at Trader Joe’s, if you have one nearby ($3.99/lb). If you want to make your own, the easiest way that I found is to use old-fashioned manual meat grinder – it grinds almonds just fine, and there is absolutely no risk of getting almond butter (which, by the way, is great and also can be used for baking in the same manner).