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Spiced-Caramel Pears & Pear Cake

tomatoes_1Seems our batteries are running on low these days. Have to think it is the hot weather we’ve been having.    Goodness knows, it simply can’t have anything to do with getting older!   And on a personal note, things are still rocking on and we’re celebrating David being off prescription pain killers for a whole year !!!!

With all the heat it is fortunate that  the blueberry picking is all but finished. But, the tomatoes are in high gear  and I’m enjoying having home-grown ‘maters to eat . . .  big ones and the cherry variety.  The little ones are so wonderful on salads and  to grab a handful to snack on.  And no, there’s not bushels of them – just enough for me to enjoy . . .  David doesn’t like them 🙁

My pear trees are full of fruit as well. Although have to admit not exactly sure when they are ready to pick ?!  So, I’ve picked about half of them (hard as rocks) and left the rest on the tree to see what they do.  One of those ‘city girl’ things – maybe next year I’ll know better.   The picked ones are in a bowl in the kitchen and I’ve been using them as they get soft-er.    There are so many of them have been thinking on freezing some – like I did the peaches – to use later.

 

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Since we’ve not had pears before, don’t have many recipes for using them. Did cook up a few to have with lunch the other day.  In my opinion, they turned out really well.  As long as David likes them, that is my definition of ‘really well’,  and I’m happy.  Served them with blackened chicken breast – not exactly what I had in mind – but it all went well.  Next time we had them, served them with pork loin and it seemed a better pairing.

 

Didn’t have a proper recipe for fixing the spiced pears; just threw some stuff together that I might use with peaches. They were tasty enough to eat alongside a meal or on ice cream. Had a thought to wrap them in pastry dough and bake as a dessert.  Know that would be good with ice cream or whipped cream.

 

This is the recipe I used. You can vary the ingredients depending on the number of pears you use and  your taste regarding the spices and thickness of the syrup they are in.  I used this recipe to cook 4 medium size pears.

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Spiced-Caramel Pears

Ingredients

  • 4 medium size pears, peeled and cored, sliced or halved
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Splenda + 1 tablespoon sugar (you can use all sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves (optional, only used this for the pears with the pork)
  • 1 tablespoon caramel topping

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together In a non-stick skillet – except the caramel topping.
  2. Over medium heat stir until Splenda/sugar are dissolved.
  3. Add in the pears, spoon some of the liquid over the pears
  4. Cover and cook over medium heat until slightly fork tender (you don’t want the mushy)
  5. Remove lid and add in caramel topping, stir and spoon over pears.
  6. Remove from heat and enjoy

Any leftover pears can be stored, covered in the refrigerator.

Went looking for a cake recipe and found the one below on the food.com website. I haven’t tried it but all the reviews shown  were 5-stars – so will definitely give it a try when I get the requisite number of soft pears.  Note:  This  recipe can also be used to make an apple cake.

 

Pear Cake [1]

pears_3Ingredients – Cake

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 cups raw diced pears (or apples)

Ingredients – Topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)

Directions – Cake

  1. Mix all cake ingredients by hand in order given
  2. Pour in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan or springform pan
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and remove

Directions – Topping

  1. In a saucepan mix all ingredients and bring to a slow boil for 3 minutes
  2. Pour over cake and return to oven for 4 mintes.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

[1]   http://www.food.com/recipeprint.do?rid=98869

 

 

 

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