Remember the pear in my watercolor still life?
Warm Pear and Walnut Cake (with my modifications)
nonstick baking spray
3 T. butter
1t. vanilla extract
2 oz. walnut pieces (about 1/2 c.)
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 c. whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached flour
2 large eggs
1/4 t. salt
2 medium or one large ripe pear -cored and sliced thin (do not peel)
2 t. turbinado sugar (for sprinkling over the top before baking)
Preheat oven to 425 and spray the pan (8" is large enough) with baking spray.
In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat, cool slightly. add vanilla and set aside.
In the bowl of a FOOD PROCESSOR process the walnuts, brown sugar and flour until the nuts are finely ground.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and add salt. Fold in the flour/nut mixture, then the butter mixture. Spread batter into prepared pan. Arrange pear slices evenly over the batter and sprinkle with turbinado (raw) sugar.
Bake 22-25 minutes until cake tests done. Cut in slices and serve ( vanilla yogurt might be good on this...I used some Devon cream...yummm!]