We adore pears. But pears can be very tentative in taste & texture. Very unpredictable. Sometimes I think I've got the perfect one only to slice it open and find out that it's too mushy. Or worse...it's not ripe enough. I recently bought some organic pears in a bag - tiny ones. Very cute.
They were getting a bit overripe, so instead of feeding our compost pile, which by the way is a sorry little compost, I searched for a pear cake recipe online. This cake looked good, but I didn't have all the ingredients on hand. This one also looked good, but I finally opted for this one here.
The cake is very tasty, not overly sweet despite the honey & brown sugar, and it goes very well with coffee. However, I don't think I would have called this a 'cake' because of its texture. It's really resembles a scone or bread.
The recipe calls for no oil and folds in softly whipped egg whites. I think I will do this again, but perhaps add more pears than I did (mine were small pears, not average or large, which probably would have softened the cake a bit more).
Drizzling honey over the top is a must!