Pear Almond Cake (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)

This is a great recipe I got from Vegetarian Times and it caught my eye because of its simplicity. This cake requires no waiting time and is a one-bowl type of thing, which is great when you don’t want to spend hours baking; it comes together in 30 minutes. The other great things about this recipe is that it’s gluten-free, as the cake is made with almond meal and oat flour, and it’s dairy-free, because coconut oil is used in place of butter. So it was a win-win in my case, because of the no dairy, and it gave me a chance to try baking with flours I’ve never used before.

This turned out to be very tasty. It’s best served as a coffee-cake and you can definitely try adding different fruit – the pear works well here because it pairs perfectly with the almond flavor, but you can definitely use apples in this or even figs.

pear almond cake

Pear Almond Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups almond meal
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 3 ripe Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil a 9-inch tart or cake pan with the coconut oil.
  • Stir together almond meal, oat flour, and baking powder in a medium-size bowl.
  • Whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, egg, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir syrup mixture into the almond meal mixture, and transfer to prepared pan.
  • Arrange pears in a circle over the cake surface, and bake 22-25 minutes until edges are golden.
  • Extra step I added – 5 minutes before the cake is done, take it out of the oven and brush the pears with maple syrup using a pastry brush. This will caramelize them a little bit and make them extra golden.

pear almond cake

Enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon, like I did, with some espresso or tea. Or bring it to your next holiday party.

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