The inspiration for this cake comes from Diana Sturgis's mother-in-law's German apple kuchen and a fruit cake I once tasted made by the wonderful baker Jim Dodge.
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- 1 large firm ripe pear, preferably Bosc, peeled and cut into 3/4 -inch dice
- 1 large tart green apple, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
- 6 ounces fresh or thawed frozen cranberries (1 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup low-fat (1.5%) buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg whites
- 2 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
How to make this recipe
Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly spray a
9-by-2-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with
parchment or wax paper. Lightly spray the paper with cooking spray and
sprinkle the sides of the pan with sugar.
In a medium bowl, combine the diced pear and apple
with the cranberries. Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and the cinnamon and
toss to coat.
In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy.
Gradually beat in 1 cup of the sugar and the buttermilk. Beat in the
eggs and egg whites until combined, then beat in the cake flour and
baking powder. Stir in the fruit. Spoon the batter into the prepared
cake pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
Bake the cake for about 1 hour, or until golden and a
cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Set the pan on a
rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Invert the cake onto a plate and peel
off the paper. Invert the cake again onto a large plate or platter and
let cool completely. (The fruit cake can be kept, covered, at room
temperature for 1 day.)
NotesOne Serving Calories 276 kcal, Protein 4.3 gm, Carbohydrate 50 gm, Cholesterol 59 mg, Total Fat 7.3 gm, Saturated Fat 4 gm.
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