Gingerbread Cake with Root Beer Poached Pears

Gingerbread Cake with Root Beer Poached Pears
Adapted from keyingredient.com
Gingerbread Cake with Root Beer Poached Pears

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

1

servings

Adapted from keyingredient.com

Ingredients

  • Serves 8 (with leftover cake)

  • Serve both the cake and pears warm or at room temperature

  • FOR THE GINGERBREAD:

  • 1/2

    oz (1 Tbs) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2

    Tbs granulated sugar

  • 1

    cup vegetable oil

  • 1/4

    cup unsulfured molasses

  • 3

    large eggs

  • 9

    oz (2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 2

    tsp baking soda

  • 1

    tsp ground ginger

  • 1

    tsp ground cinnamon

  • 3/4

    tsp table salt

  • 1 3/4

    cups packed dark brown sugar

  • 1

    cup root beer, preferably an artisanal brand

  • FOR THE PEARS:

  • 4

    firm ripe Bosc pears, peeled, halved, and cored

  • 4

    12-fl oz root beer, preferably an artisanal brand

  • Freshly grated zest of 2 medium lemons

  • FOR SERVING:

  • 1

    cup heavy cream

  • 1

    Tbs confectioners' sugar

Directions

MAKE THE GINGERBREAD Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8-inch square cake pan with the butter and lightly dust with the granulated sugar. In a small bowl, stir the oil, molasses, and eggs until combined. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. In a small pot, bring the brown sugar and root beer to a boil. Meanwhile, add the molasses mixture to the flour and stir to combine. Add the hot root beer mixture and quickly beat until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack until warm, about 40 minutes. Invert the pan to remove the cake and turn the cake right side up. (the cake may be prepared up to 4 hours ahead.) POACH THE PEARS In a medium saucepan, combine the pears, root bear, and lemon zest. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer over medium-low heat and cook until the pears are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. With a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the pears to a plate. Bring the poaching liquid to a boil until reduced to a syrup, about 15 minutes (watch carefully towards the end because it can burn quickly); you should have about 3/4 cup. (The pears and syrup may be prepared up to 4 hours ahead, if the syrup thickens, reheat before serving.) TO SERVE: In a chilled medium bowl, beat the cream and sugar with a hand mixer until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Cut the gingerbread into 8 pieces of whatever size you choose and place one on each of 8 plates. Arrange a pear half against each piece of gingerbread and drizzle each with syrup. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and serve.

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