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Pear Cake Bliss


Okay, I know I said that I don’t bake– not to any large extent, but I ran into a friend at the copy store and she was copying this recipe for friends and I demanded one. I have a thing for pears. And if ever there was a need in the English language for OMG…this might just be its landing place. You will love yourself for making it. You will love the bubbling brown sugar and butter. You will love the pear juice on your fingers as you arrange them in a cast iron pan. You will love that maybe your great grandmother made the same cake because those women were savvy with a cast iron pan. Sip some pear brandy with it. And…OMG.

Golden Pear Cake
Step One:
Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Melt butter in 9-inch cast-iron or oven proof skillet. Stir in brown sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is melted and bubbly. Cool.

Step Two:
Ingredients:
3 or 4 pears, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced

Arrange pear slices in skillet

Step Three:
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Combine dry ingredients in small bowl.

Step Four:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup softened butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk

Beat butter and sugar until combined. Beat in vanilla and eggs (one at a time). Stir in dry ingredients with milk until just combined, alternating between milk and dry ingredients. Spoon batter over pears.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool 5 minutes
Loosen cake from pan. Invert onto serving plate.

Enjoy warm or cold!

Here is my other favorite fruit: Can you tell me what to do with it that might be within my realm of abilities?

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Co-create Cake.


I wish I could say that I baked this cake. I didn’t. My writer/blogger friend Brigetta’s husband did. I don’t like baking. I’m not good at following directions and improv doesn’t work so well in that arena unless you already know the basics. I love to cook, instead, and leave the baking to other more patient people. This gorgeous cake arrived in my kitchen and at the last minute, I was moved to put the borage on it (the blue flowers) from my garden.

I believe in collaboration. Moments like these present themselves every day, and I am learning to join in the dance of them. Who are you? Why did you show up in my life? What can we co-create? I’ve spent so many years thinking I had to do everything alone. But so much of the beauty of life is in intimacy. Sharing. The empathic journey. So I am a new believer in co-creating. I believe in admitting when you’re not good at something and being okay with it. And I believe in creating beauty, however it is that you come to it. Today it came in cake. What can you co-create today? I’d love to hear about it!

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