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Euro Pane's pear spice cake

Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 16
Euro Pane’s pear spice cake
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, then grease again.

2

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon, and set aside.

3

In a separate large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar, then beat in the oil. Beat in the flour mixture just until combined, then fold in the pears and nuts.

4

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan in the oven and bake until puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick placed in the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check the cake after an hour, and cover the top loosely with a sheet of foil if it browns too quickly before it is done.

5

Remove and cool completely on a rack before serving.

Adapted from Sumi Chang of Euro Pane in Pasadena. She recommends using fully ripened Anjou pears.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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