Pear Spice Bundt Cake With Walnut Praline Topping
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- 1hr 5mins
Pear Spice Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons allspice, ground
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons nutmeg, freshly grated
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 pears, peeled, cored and diced into roughly 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 to 1 1/4 cups of fruit)
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted, cooled, and finely chopped (3 ounces)
Walnut Praline Topping
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar, golden (packed)
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup whipping cream
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped, toasted
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F Butter and flour bundt pan.
- Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
- Beat together butter, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg in another bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer or 4 with a handheld. Add yolks 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla.
- Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately in batches, mixing well after each addition.
- Fold in pear pieces and chopped walnuts.
- Beat egg whites in another bowl with cleaned beaters until they just hold stiff peaks, then fold whites into batter gently but thoroughly.
- Spoon batter into pan, smoothing top, and bake until a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then invert onto rack and cool completely.
Walnut Praline Topping:
- Stir golden brown sugar, whipping cream and 1/2 cup butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat until smooth. Boil 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in walnut pieces. Spoon warm topping over warm cake. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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