Pear and Hazelnut 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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