Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Red Wine Pear Cake

I have been following Piggy of  Piggy's Cooking Journal  for many years now come to think of it.  I love most of the recipes she so generously shares on her beautiful blog and not to forget mentioning the beautiful photos of the bakes and dishes she prepared. Her food presentation is so alluring that I fell head over heels with this particular one that I had to make it fast and I can't wait for her to post a new one so that I would not steal her show :p  Thanks Piggy ( we almost belong to the same clan ) for sharing this recipe with me. This cake is so good that Wild Boar ate more that he is supposed to eat.  Love it and I shall make this again when the Piggies are back for the sem break :)  The texture is so good...moist and yet light, richly flavored by the  red wine sauce....mmmmmmm yummy !  One word one....SPEECHLESS !  

Luckily I still have 1/2 bottle of red wine left in the fridge and before it vanished off, I cook the smalllest sized pears I can find among the few I have left in the fridge.  Look how glories they look ready for use for the cake. And the thicken wine sauce ...if not for the sugar, I would have drank them down.  They look so slurpy. I added 2 tbsp of the wine sauce into the cake batter ( her recipe did not call for that , but knowing me, I want the cake to smell really good )  The cake turned out just as I expected it to be....you know, I always imagine the taste while reading through recipes and this cake turned out better than my imagination :) Thumbs up and once again Piggy, thank you so much....I love it and Wild Boar asking for more, so I told him to get me a new bottle of table red wine , then I shall this cake for him again....LOL!   Christmas is just around the corner...hope you guys will want to try this out and give your family a wonderful dessert treat :)

Red Wine Pear Cake Recipe (  taken from Piggy's Cooking Journal )


1/2 cup (125ml) red table wine
1.5 cups (375ml) water
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 pears, peeled
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
75g butter
1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cups (112g) self-raising flour
50g almond meal
1/2 tbs ground ginger
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/8 cup (30ml) milk
2 tablespoons plain yogurt


1) In a saucepan, combine red wine, water, pears and cinnamon. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pears, add 1/2 cup of castor sugar to the saucepan and boil the syrup for 15-20 minutes. In the mean time, halves and cores the pears.
2) Preheat the oven to 180 deg C. Lightly grease and line a 12-cm round cake pan with baking paper.
3) Mix flour, almond meal, ground ginger and mixed spice in a bowl. Set aside.
4) Using an electric mixer, mix butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Fold in flour mixture, following by milk and yogurt, mix until well combined.
5) Spoon the batter into the cake pan and smooth the surface. Press the base of the pear halves into the cake mixture, standing them upright.

6) Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Drizzle the cake with red wine syrup. Serve.

Enjoy !

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  1. Is interesting to slot in the halve pear in cake! This cake must be delicious with the red wine pear in it!

  2. This is a brilliant idea to enhance the flavor of the pears in a simple cake...very nice!

  3. My my, these look gorgeous and scrumptious ! When can I have a bite ... ? *puppy eyes*

  4. This is an incredible cake and the half pear in side is amazing! Really, nicely done! buzzed!

  5. can get high or not eating this cake?? LOL!

  6. Momsie, these cakes are so cute, especially with the pears sticking out. Would be very appropriate as giveaway for the festive season.

  7. What a lovely idea! The cake is just gorgeous and i bet it tasted delicious!

  8. These are really lovely and quite different. Thumbs up on both counts. I want to try this recipe as soon as things quiet down around here. They sound delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. Beautiful presentation to accompany what must be wonderful flavor.

  10. It's a great idea to add the red wine sauce into the batter! I'm sure the cake tastes better that way! :-)

  11. Ah Tze....yes, it is ...very yummy. Different cake texture too not to mention the poached pear in it :)

    Zoe...thanks to Piggy who so generously shared the recipe on her blog :)

    Joanna....awwww...I miss feeding my Piggies :( come back for more then :p

    Ann...thanks :) yea it is an amazing cake :)

    Lena...haha slightly :p I am kidding ;p

    Cheah...yup great as gift for the coming festive season :)

    Baker Street...yea...it is delicious :)

    Mary...seriously, I am sure your family would love it ! Great for the coming festive season :)

    Carol Egbert...I agree it is a great presentation and not only that but it is delicious too :)

    Piggy....* hug and muax for sharing the cake recipe with us " :) love it and I am glad I found you :)

  12. Wow, this looks good! The texture of the cake looks really moist and soft! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh Elin, I was also thinking of making this cake too. Looks so yummy must try them soon.

  14. Kitchen Flavors....it is good and the texture is moist and yet light. I added the red wine sauce into the batter and the cake taste delicious. The original recipe did not ask to do that but I very adventurous...like to do what is not required and tada the cake tasted good :) you must try this...no regrets :)

    Anncoo...yea, you must try this...you will definitely love it :)

  15. This looks incredible. I've had several kinds of poached pears and pear cakes but this is an original twist.

  16. I like the idea of slotting in the pears like that. Save a lot of time slicing them. Looks delicious!

  17. Cake...yea, it is amazing and I knew I had to make them when I first feasted my eyes on them on Rina's blog :)

    Veron...haha yea save work *wink . yes it is yummilicious !

  18. Oh, how I love pears...and your cakes look amazing! Fabulous presentation~