During the Summer months, I pretty much leave my oven dial set squarely in the “OFF” position. I occasionally break the rules to bake up a batch of perfectly moist muffins. Or if there is some emotional crisis that calls for chocolate therapy, then a pan of fudgy brownies is a fair trade for a little brow sweat. But other than that, it’s kind of not worth the risk of turning my kitchen into Satan’s den.
Which is why I was starting to get just a teeny tiny bit excited about Fall baking. I even had big plans for this past weekend: blondies, sticky buns and cookies were all on the menu. But then it ended up being crazy hot and humid here. So my oven dial stayed put. Which is kind of a shame. But probably better for my waistline in the long run, if I’m being completely honest with myself.
However, I did manage to sneak in this Pear and Blackberry Almond Cake last week when we had a cooler day. And I’m super excited to share the recipe with you guys today.
I find that pears are so underused in the Fall. Everyone is in some kind of pumpkin-induced delirium. Which causes pears (and even apples) to get overlooked. So I always try to give them a little bit of loving when I get the chance. These pear and ginger scones and this sweet potato and pear soup are two of my personal favorites from last year, if you’re at all interested.
This cake is the perfect way to highlight seasonal pears and blackberries. And it feels kind of like a transitional cake. Not too heavy, not too light. With notes of both Summer and Fall flavors. You could serve this cake for brunch. Or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. I don’t think you can really go wrong here. I definitely had a slice or two for breakfast!
Make sure to buy pears that are ripe, but still firm. If they are overly ripe, they will release a lot of juice and the cake directly underneath the pears will turn out a bit on the gummy side. And that’s no bueno.
I’m sharing my Pear and Blackberry Almond Cake as part of our monthly #eatseasonal round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. Check out Becky’s September produce guide for the low down on what’s in season this month (there is A LOT!). And see what some of my blogging friends made this month to celebrate September’s bounty of fruits and vegetables. The links are below!
Recipe adapted from my Rhubarb-Almond Cake
September Eat Seasonal Recipes
Coconut Curry Cauliflower Rice Bowls by Kitchen Confidante
Homemade Pumpkin Pasta by Bless this Mess
Melon and Raspberry Soda Float by Letty’s Kitchen
Ratatouille Lasagna by Flavor the Moments
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Carrots and Radishes by Vintage Mixer
Harvest Tortilla Soup by Simple Bites
Peach Muffins with Pecan Streusel by Cafe Johnsonia
Pear and Fig Tarts with Goat Cheese and Honey by Food for My Family
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread by Foodie Crush
I feel like everyone around me is being so organized lately. The back-to-school routines have set in. And the carefree, lazy days of Summer are starting to fade away.
But I just can’t seem to get my act together. Hence why I haven’t managed to get a blog post up here in over a week. I don’t know what is wrong with me these past couple of days. Maybe I’m protesting the start of a new season.
I think I say this every year, but it’s worth repeating: I actually totally love Fall. In fact, I might even like it as much (if not more!) than Summer. I know it doesn’t seem that way, because I’m very vocal in my pumpkin-shaming. But I just want to enjoy Fall when it’s ACTUALLY FALL. Does that make sense?
This Grilled Green Bean and Apple Salad is my attempt at sliding one foot into Fall, while still keeping the other foot firmly planted in Summer. It’s still very hot and humid here, so my grill is going to continue to be used a lot over these next several weeks. And I find myself still craving light dishes that won’t weigh me down. But local apples are popping up everywhere, and I plan to take full advantage of them.
This is a great side dish for Fall, or if you’re like me, it can totally swing it as a main dish as well. In fact, I think I should rename this recipe “how to consume an entire pound of green beans in one sitting”. Because that is exactly what I did. Everything about this recipe is highly addicting. From the maple syrup-sweetened dressing to the slightly smoky green beans and apples, I guarantee you’ll have a hard time stopping yourself from stealing nibbles straight from the pan.
Because I’m some combination of cheap and stubborn, I don’t own a grill basket. Which means I toss all my grill-ables straight onto the grates. This totally works. But unless you have some high level of dexterity, you’ll probably loose a few green beans through the grates. Not a big deal, in my humble opinion. But if you have a grill basket, this would be a great time to bust it out.