Well I should name this week Pear Week. I’m so excited to have a bunch of pears to use that we grew ourselves. Well the pear trees that we planted two years ago actually grew them, lol.
When I have ripe pears around the first thing that comes to mind is my friend, Lilann Taylor down in Savannah, GA. Lilann makes the most Divine Pear Cake you have ever tasted. But since I have not been successful squeezing the recipe out of Lilann I went on a search and come up with a wonderful Fresh Pear Cake Recipe. Believe me, when you make this everyone wants the recipe. It’s that good.
Fresh Pear Cake
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable Oil
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon backing soda
1 1/2 cups pears – peeled, cored and chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
In a mixing bowl beat eggs on medium speed. Gradually add sugar and oil. Beat thoroughly. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in pears and vanilla. Spoon into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before inverting on a plate.
In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar and milk, beat until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.
I made two of these cakes today by doubling the recipe. One will go to a meeting with me tonight and the other was wrapped in plastic wrap, tin foil and then put in a 2 gallon freezer bag and froze prior to being iced. Now I have one ready for when company comes on a furture date.
Here is a chick update for you. The girls are really doing great. Getting so big and should be laying in another month.
Funny thing is, when I go to take their picture and they see the camera. This is what happens. . . .they run right over to me and peck at my camera.
Or they do this. . . . turn their little backsides to me.
But on occassion you can get them to pose. Like Red is here.
Or Miss Sophie is here. Sophie is so very hard to take photos of because she is so dark, but sometimes you can catch her just right.
Here is Sophie again out in the sunlight. She turns emerald green when the light shines on those black, black feathers of hers. You can see a bit of that on her wing in this photo.
After they got tired of pecking at the camera they decided to check out the pear scraps that I gave them. Sorry about my big old shadow in the pic, lol.
Here is a picture of what we call the chicken playground. They are truly spoiled!
Now, I am going to go back to ignoring my 50 birthday, which is tomorrow the 31st. Wasn’t I just 21 last year. . . .humm, that could just be my bad memory making me think so. Where does the time go.
Until my next post. . . . .
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