The sweet, tender pears paired with the flavorful olive oil cake is perfection. And if you’ve never tried an olive oil cake, the olive oil is very subtle and delicious.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Bring 4 cups water and granulated sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the pears; reduce heat to medium, and cook at a medium-low boil for 5 minutes or just until pears start to soften. Remove pears from pan; cool slightly. Trim the bottom off of each pear so that it is about the height of a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan. Lightly brush flour over the bottom ⅔rds of each pear.
Olive Oil Batter
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup extra-virgin (good tasting) olive oil
⅓ cup melted unsalted butter
1 lemon's finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
¾ tsp fine sea salt
non-stick baking spray