Califonia Bountiful

Raw pear cake

Bartlett pear grower Diane Henderson of Kelseyville said this pear cake made with raw chunks of the fresh fruit is a family favorite that she bakes several times a year. It's a "moist and flavorful" dessert that is "super-yummy and easy to make." She added, "It freezes beautifully and never seems to dry out."

Diane Henderson
Pear farmer, Kelseyville

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2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups oil
2 eggs
4 cups chopped pears
3 cups sifted flour
1 cup raisins
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon


Mix together sugar, oil and eggs. Add pears and mix well. Combine remaining ingredients and add, stirring well. Put in a 13-by-9-inch pan or loaf pans and bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Do not underbake.

Serves 12 to 16

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