Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
This is the most delicious dessert, and easy to put together, a great ending to any meal. This can also be made with apples, but use a firm apple such as Granny Smith for this recipe. I usually stick this in the oven, and bake it as we are having dinner, and serve it with ice cream as a topping...so yummy!
- 1 cup flour
- 2⁄3 cup white sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup milk or 1⁄2 cup half-and-half cream
- 4 medium pears, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 cups) or 1 (16 ounce) can pears, drained and chopped (fresh pears are better to use!)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
- 3⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 3⁄4 cup boiling water
- Set oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, white sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Add in the milk; beat until smooth (add a little more milk or cream if the mixture is too thick).
- Stir in the chopped pears and pecans.
- Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.
- In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter and boiling water; (this mixture will be thin, but will incorporate into the cake while baking) mix well, pour evenly over the batter.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Serve hot with ice cream or Cool Whip topping (I prefer it with vanilla ice cream!).
I also doubled it for a potluck at work (adjust the baking time) and used walnuts (didn't have pecans). Make sure you chop the pears small, otherwise its a little chunky. Everybody liked it! It is very sweet, so I recommend a unsweetened homemade whip cream or a "not so sweet" ice cream. My husband doesn't like bread-pudding, but I popped him a piece in the microwave and topped it with some ice cream and he really liked it.
I doubled this for a 9x13 in cake pan and baked it for 1 hour. Yummy! I couldn't imagine how the sauce would bake into the cake - and sure enough! It makes a fantastic sauce on the bottom of the cake! I Served it warm with ice cream. My husband, who is not a dessert eater, had two pieces!!
I halved this for two, and baked it in a deep glass bowl. It came out fantastic, very much like a bread pudding. Served it with homemade ice cream and it was a big hit. I will be making it again, and again.