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I foolishly forgot to include a recipe for the this wonderful pear cake in my last post so here it is. The recipe comes from Patricia Wells’ “The Provence Cookbook” which is among my favourite books of recipes. There is a common link between the cookery books that I use most and that link is the absence of recipe photographs: this book stays true to that ethic.

THREE PEAR CAKE  from “The Provence Cookbook” by Patricia Wells


Spring form pan or loose bottom cake tin 9”

0.5 cup all purpose flour
0.3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
0.5 tsp fine sea salt ( I leave this out)
0.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp eau de vie poire Willian
0.3 cup yoghourt
Grated zest of one lemon
4 x large pears, peeled, cored. Cut lengthwise into 1/16’s

0.5 cup sugar
1 large egg lightly beaten
1 tbsp eau de vie poire William
Grated zest of one lemon

1/Preheat oven to 180C. Butter and flour cake pan.

2/In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and stir to blend. Add the vanilla, eggs, oil, eau de vie, yoghourt, and lemon zest and stir until well blended.. Add the pears and stir to thoroughly coat the fruit with the batter

3/Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake pan and place it in the middle of the preheated oven. Bake until fairly firm and golden; about 40 mins.

4/Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sugar, egg, eau de vie and lemon zest and stir to blend. Set aside.

5/Once the cake is firm and golden, remove it from the oven and the the topping mixture on top of the cake and return it to the oven for a further 10 mins.

6/Remove to a rack to cool. After 10 mins, run a knife around the edge of the pan and release the cake from the pan, leaving the base under the cake.

About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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23 Responses to fly poster….

  1. Ah yes! Thank you for posting. Great recipe…a keeper.

  2. Mad Dog says:

    I hope you got that beastie trying to get at your tart! Very nice out of focus blue gauze cage BTW 😉

  3. Francesca says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I’ll file that away for pear season and purchase the appropriate plonk. Might be time to purchase that book too. ( thank you for the link to the second hand copies… forgot to thank you earlier.

  4. lulu says:

    Pears are appearing frequently on our table right now and this is just one more way to use them. It’s always fun to try your recipes.

  5. Eha says:

    On ‘vacation’ or not: book in transit – had never heard of it and was rather thrilled by all the comments! ‘Tis the fourth one I believe I have bought second-hand on your recommendation: my bookshelves are naturally not in agreement 🙂 ! But less than $US10 together with postage . . . can’t wait for it to arrive and make it my bedtime reading . . .

  6. Kathleen says:

    I have three Patricia Wells cookbooks, but cannot wait to try this pear cake recipe!! Thanks for posting!!

  7. Roger, you are so kind to reveal and share this glorious recipe, thank you so much, you made my season

  8. ghetran says:

    Lovely picture! ❤ I myself love cooking books with pictures! Does that make me shallow? 😉

  9. Michelle says:

    My copy of that book is totally falling apart!

  10. O-O-O-O-O-O I like that lemon zest! Nice Recipe!

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