Looking for a fun autumn dessert? This Apple Pear Pound Cake features apples and pears with a bit of maple syrup – it’s a tasty way to welcome in the season!
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I can’t tell you the number of times I would cook up apples with brown sugar. It was an easy recipe (if you can even call it a recipe), and it satisfied my sweet tooth. Win-win. Fast forward some number of years, and I’ve gotten back to my love of baking. The other day, I saw a pack of Stouffer’s ‘harvest apples’ (apples cooked with cinnamon) in the frozen aisle at the grocery store. That reminded me of the days when I cooked apples with brown sugar…and it made me crave that recipe!
Apple Pear Pound Cake
I immediately came home from the store and made a batch of those sautéed apples that night. They were tasty, and Robbie was a huge fan, too. But as I was making those apples, I got the idea to incorporate them into another dessert. A pound cake perhaps? And that’s how this Apple Pear Pound Cake came into existence.
In addition to the apples, I added a couple of pears to the pan as well. I’ve been saying for years that I want to bake with pears more often, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Pears are quite tasty, but I just never seem to think about them. (We also live smack in the middle of apple country here in upstate New York – apples are everywhere in the fall.) The apple + pear combination was great for this Apple Pear Pound Cake. In fact, I might start including pears whenever I make those sautéed apples.
One other slight twist to this Apple Pear Pound Cake was using maple syrup instead of brown sugar. Maple syrup is nature’s candy, after all. If you’re looking for a tasty dessert, then just make the sautéed apples and pears portion of this recipe. It’s quite tasty! However, if you want to go that extra step or two, then make this pound cake. I used a classic sour cream pound cake, and I folded the sautéed fruit into the cake before it went into the oven. I also finished this cake with a maple glaze to really call out the maple flavor – I highly recommend it!
If you’re looking for a tasty dessert for autumn, then put this Apple Pear Pound Cake on the list. This moist sour cream pound cake is packed with seasonal flavors, and it was a huge hit here in our house. Happy baking!
Did you bake this Apple Pear Pound Cake at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Apple Pear Pound Cake
For Pound Cake
For Pound Cake
- Using a medium saucepan, add maple syrup, sliced apples and sliced pears; stir until well combined.
- Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes, or until apples and pears have softened. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Using a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking soda and salt; stir until well combined. Set bowl aside.
- Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes on medium speed).
- Add eggs two at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Add vanilla; mix until well combined.
- Add flour mixture to the bowl in 2 additions, mixing well after each addition.
- Add sour cream; mix on low speed until well combined.
- Fold cooled apples and pears into batter.
- Scrape sides and bottom of bowl to ensure batter is well combined.
- Grease and flour a 10-12 cup Bundt pan (or generously spray with baking spray and then lightly dust with flour).
- Bake for 90-95 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire baking rack. Let cool completely before adding glaze and slicing.
For Maple Glaze
- Using a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, maple syrup and milk until smooth. Pour glaze over cooled cake.
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