Ila's Pear Cake

READY IN: 1hr 25mins
Recipe by Hill Family

One word describes this cake ... Divine!! Serve with ice cream or creme fraiche.

Top Review by Chef Kate

Divine is right! A very elegant cake, vey refined flavors. We loved the almond paste in this--such a great foil for the pears. And now I'm thinking apples and walnut paste? Figs and hazelnut? Many thanks, Hill Family!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel, core and slice pears.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Butter an 8 inch baking dish.
  4. In a food processor, pulse 2 cups of flour with 3/4 cup of sugar, light brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  6. Add the egg and pulse just until combined.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead several times.
  8. Divide the dough roughly in half; leave one piece slightly larger.
  9. Flatten into disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  10. Wipe out the food processor; add the almond paste, lemon juice, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon flour.
  11. Process until smooth.
  12. Scrape into a bowl and gently stir in the pear slices.
  13. On an unfloured work surface, roll out the larger piece of dough to an 11" square.
  14. Put the dough into the baking dish, pressing it three quarters of the way up the side.
  15. Spoon the pear filling into the cake pan in an even layer.
  16. Roll out the remaining dough to an 8 1/2" square.
  17. Set the dough on top of the pears and press the rim to seal.
  18. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden brown.

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