So my husband comes home with a bushel of pears, that one of his buddies picked from his pear tree to give to me. Thank you to Eric's pear tree buddy...lol! I couldn't let them go to waste, so I had to come up with a fast and easy recipe. Well, I have to admit that I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out but it ended up being delicious.
My household has now gotten bit by the apple pear bundt cake bug. LOL
Bruised or not so perfect pears work great for this recipe.
Wash and use an apple peeler to take off the pear skins
I used about 7 pears for this recipe (pears were kind of small too)
pull out that handy dandy bundt pan. I love the one I have because of the cute floral shape. I think I got this from one of those home parties that I went to back about 14 years ago. Its held up pretty well over the years.
To get started, you will need (1) one yellow cake mix.
Start peeling those pears and add some lemon juice to the pears in a bowl, so they do not brown to much.
Add 2 apples chopped up. Make sure to core the apples and pears, and leave out the cores and seeds. We don't want any surprises when someone bites into this bundt cake.
Add 4 to 5 small pears to a food processor, (if you have medium sized pears, use only 2 in a food processor)
Make sure it comes out to applesauce consistency
Chop up the remaining pears (about 3 small pears)
Combine cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 tbsp canola oil, 1/3 cup of water, and food processed pears (applesauce consistency) about -1-1/2 cups, 2 apples cut up/chunky and 3 small pears cut up/chunky. Mix batter together and add to cooking sprayed bundt pan. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Place in oven for 45 minutes or until knife pierces center of cake and batter does not stick to knife.
1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour and 2 tbsp of melted butter - mix together
About 20 minutes into baking, open oven and drizzle the brown sugar, flour, melted butter mix over batter in cake pan. Cake will rise up and bake around the mixture. Nice added taste to the middle of the cake. You can also add carmel to this mixture if you'd like - about 1/3 cup melted carmel.
Take out ove oven and cool before debundting.
Additional Topping (if you'd like to make the cake more beautiful):
Double boiler = melt semi sweet chocolate to drizzle on top of bundt cake. 1 cup of chocolate chips will be perfect for drizzling :)
Repeat the brown sugar, flour and melted butter mixture to add to the top of cake about 5 minutes prior to bundt cake coming out of oven. If you want that more golden look, turn your broiler on within your oven and just give it a few minutes to brown up the topping before you drizzle the chocolate on top.
Garnish with a pear in the center of your bundt cake.
Okay, so today I saw something super cute that another photographer friend used for a backdrop with one of her clients. Amy was sweet enough to share where she purchased the shower curtain from and I had to try to see if there was any tutorials out there to create the same look. I found one!!! Here it is
I am going to create something similar but in all baby colors for a backdrop. My project will start next week after I go start collecting the fabrics that I would like. Plus, I need to make sure I have the correct foot for my sewing machine. This is going to be good for me to try because I am not a sewer and I need to start to try to be one. LOL. I will post photos to show my progress. I think I am still going to purchase this shower curtain from Anthropology though. I love these colors too!
So my youngest hits with me this "bon bon/truffle" request on Saturday. She ask...s me to help her make 30 truffles to take to class on Monday morning. Well, I had to work all weekend and I was whipped and no time to make truffles. But...
Of course those Emmie "eye balls" melted me and I made them for her at 6AM on Monday morning before school. The reason for the truffles is because of a Math assignment that the kids are doing in her class.
1 box cake mix (I actually used what I had in my cupboard, which was a yellow cake mix)
1 can of prepared chocolate fudge frosting (or you can use cream cheese)
1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
8 oz of semi sweet chocolate (melt in a double boiler and use to dip the balls).
3 teaspoons of butter (add to the melted chocolate)
sprinkles (for topping)
Combine the cake mix, frosting and vanilla in a bowl. Form balls and you can dip in cocoa than dip into melted semi sweet chocolate. Place on parchment paper and let rest until chocolate is hardened. You can place in the freezer to make the process much faster.