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Pear and Hazelnut Cake Recipe

  • Pear + Hazelnut Buttermilk Cake Recipe

    This versatile pear and hazelnut cake recipe is filled with nutritious ingredients, and is quick and easy to prepare. Serve it to your family as an after-dinner treat, or as an on-the-go breakfast cake.

    Pear + Hazelnut Buttermilk Cake Recipe

    Yummy enough for dessert, healthy enough for breakfast!

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    Servings: 1 loaf


    • hazelnuts: ½ cup, toasted
    • whole spelt flour: 2 cups
    • baking powder: 1 tablespoon
    • ground cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
    • ground all spice: ½ teaspoon
    • ground cloves: ¼ teaspoon
    • salt: ¼ teaspoon
    • buttermilk: 1 cup
    • eggs: 2
    • honey: ½ cup
    • butter: ¼ cup, melted
    • vanilla extract: ½ teaspoon
    • lemon zest: 1 teaspoon
    • minced ginger root: ½ teaspoon
    • pear: 1, thinly sliced
    • brown sugar: 2 tablespoons


    Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    Step 2 : Lightly toast hazelnuts. Using a food processor, crush into meal.

    Step 3: Whisk hazelnut meal, spelt flour, baking powder, cinnamon, whole spice, cloves, and salt together in large bowl.

    Step 4: In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, eggs, honey, melted butter, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and minced ginger together. Add whisked wet ingredients to the dry-ingredient bowl. Whisk until combined (don't overwork the batter).

    Step 5: Pour smooth batter into a lightly greased 9x5 loaf pan. Gently place pear slices on the top of the batter, leaving a little bit exposed. Sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake for about 50 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing and serving. 

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