What's for dessert?

jojocoOctober 23, 2012

A new twist on an old favorite. Made the summer torte, but this time I used pears and sprinkled the top of the batter with a ginger/sugar mix instead of the traditional cinnamon. I served it with fresh ginger infused whipped cream.


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Hi Jo! That sounds really good. I love ginger and pears and have canned pears with fresh ginger.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 10:41PM
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Apples work too....and I have a spiced sugar mix....with cinnamon, nutmeg anda bit of cardamon.....nummy!!...and a few chopped pecans don't hurt either!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 12:01AM
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Yum, Jo, that sounds good. I just bought some Seckel pears too....


    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 12:05AM
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Jo, I bet that was delicious. We had pears tonight in a pumpkin pudding cake.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 12:18AM
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Could you post the pumpkin pudding cake recipe, please? Warm pudding cake is a favorite comfort food dessert in my family.


    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 6:57AM
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Not completely homemade, but I made a Caramel Gooey Butter Cake and took it to a campout last weekend - every last crumb disappeared!


1 (18.5 oz.) box Duncan Hines caramel cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
1 egg

1 (14 oz.) can dulce de leche
16 oz. confectioners' sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick melted butter
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a mixing bowl mix together the cake mix, one stick of melted butter and one egg until combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

In the same mixing bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese and the Dulce de Leche until combined.

Beat in the remaining 3 eggs, vanilla, powdered sugar and melted butter. Whip on medium high speed so that all of the ingredients come together nicely. Pour the filling over the crust and place into the oven.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, the cake will still appear a little "jiggly."

Allow the cake to cool to room temperature then cut into small squares.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 7:18AM
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This recipe is from a 1988 magazine I used to subscibe to called Good Food.


1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp.. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 ripe pears, pared, cored, cut into small dice
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1cup heavy cream, whipped (optional)

Heat oven to 375. Butter 8 inch square baking dish. Mix flour, baking powder, spices, and salt in a small bowl. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and brown sugar on medium speed until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and mix in flour mixture. Stir in pecans, pears, pumpkin and vanilla by hand. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

Bake cake until top is well browned, 30-35 minutes. Let cool slightly on wire rack. Serve warm, with whipped cream if desired.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 10:51AM
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i like apple cake for dessert. it's a sweet finish for a day in my opinion

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 4:44AM
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Thanks, Ruthanna! I hope to try this soon.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 8:43AM
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