This past Sunday morning I woke early thinking about what to make the gaggle of girls sleeping in Lula's room. The past few weekends we have been in a pancake rut. I thought about making an apple ginger cake but didn't have apples. After rummaging around I came up with a few pears and a whole lot of mint and basil left from last week's shoot. The combination of basil and pear sounded good to me, so I set out to make a cake. When the girls finally staggered out of Lula's room around noon the cake was waiting. I brewed them some fresh mint tea and suddenly it was a perfect non-pancake breakfast for a perfectly gorgeous Sunday.
Basil Pear Cake
2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
12-15 large basil leaves roughly torn
1/2 stick of softened butter
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Sift the first 6 ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Add butter, grated pears, torn basil leaves, heavy cream and eggs. ( I grated one pear and used a mandolin on the other to change up the texture. Set aside 1/4 of the second pear to mandolin some slices for the top of the cake )
Mix for a minute by hand.
Turn the batter into a well greased and floured baking pan. I used a 7 inch round. Shave the remaining quarter of pear on the top of the cake.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350.