This is a great recipe to fiddle with. Try adding more pears or other succulent fruits. The sweetness is adjustable some may find that an extra ¼ in the batter works well. A light difference in texture will result with the use of xl eggs in place of large egg but no taste difference. Note: If you do not have the Buttermilk on hand, use whole milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar. At the end of the this post is the link to the original as well.
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs, whisked ( I actually used 2 xl eggs and think I liked the texture better – but either seem to work)
- 2 ripe pears, cut into 8 wedges each (I tend to use 3 pears, that I also lightly coat in a bit of gf cake flour first before folding in)
- 6 large sprigs rosemary
- freshly whipped cream, for serving (optional)
- Heat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan.
- Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 cup of the sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Fold in the pears.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes; transfer to a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, heat the rosemary, the remaining ¼ cup of sugar, and ¼ cup water in a small pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar is melted. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes and up to 4 hours. Discard the rosemary sprigs.
- While the cake is still warm, brush the top and side with the rosemary syrup.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream, if desired.
By Charlyne Mattox , November, 2013 Courtesy of Real Simple Magazine http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/pear-cornmeal-cake-00100000110429/index.html