Pear Olive Oil Cake

This recipe is based on a recipe I recently saw in The Jewish Weekly in a special food feature about Rosh Hashanah (which starts tonight) the Jewish New Year–also known as the first of the High Holidays. As someone who celebrates the Jewish holidays, I welcome new foods to make during the celebration. This cake captivated me both with its beauty and simplicity. The original recipe is made with apples (a common fruit used during Rosh Hashanah) but as I often do, I changed a few things. In my version, I use pears: sweet, ripe, juicy pears.  I also added some almond flour to complement the nutty, rich flavor of the olive oil. This cake is killer. Moist, flavorful, and complementary to any holiday meal–but also delicious otherwise.

pear olive oil cake

Apples are often used during High Holiday baking because they are sweet–they represent wishes for a sweet new year ahead. But pears are sweet too, so my recipe works just as well for the High Holidays, if you ask me.

Olive oil is a secret cake ingredient that I love to use. I frequently make chocolate olive oil cake, which is one of my favorite go-to recipes for cupcakes. Some will argue using olive oil in baking is “healthier,” making the baked good slightly better for you by supplying healthy fat and antioxidants.  But olive oil also adds depth of flavor.

Religion aside, this olive oil pear cake is a winner. Falling on the not-too-sweet side, I enjoyed this cake straight up after a great meal.  My husband opted for it with a generous dollop of ice cream for breakfast, because that’s the way he rolls.

pear olive oil cake

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Pear Olive Oil Cake"

  1. Avatar photo Luciana says:

    I tried making your cake today and it turned out great! I had some family over for coffee over and everyone loved it.
    Will be on my fave list!! 🙂 Thanks so much! Luciana

    1. Hi Luciana. Thank you so much for trying my recipe and telling me how it went. You made my day. I adore this recipe. Keep on cooking!

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