It’s Thanksgiving week and the holiday baking season is officially in full gear! I love this time of year – any excuse to spend time in the kitchen baking is good by me. Plus, it helps that this year for the holidays I have a brand new kitchen! Talk about inspired.
So this month’s Recipe Redux theme is “Trimming the Table” showcasing our favorite “healthy” holiday desserts we are sharing with our families and friends. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say our creation this month is healthy per se, I did use a few tricks to lighten it up a little, though the flavor and moistness of the cake is so good, your family and friends will be none the wiser. But let’s get real, this is still dessert (despite all the pumpkin and pear goodness, a slice doesn’t really count as your fruit or vegetable servings for the day!). It should be enjoyed and savored, just watch the serving size.
The inspiration for my Pumpkin Pear Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Icing is from 15 years ago (yikes, I just about died when I did the math on that one) from the Thanksgiving issue of Cuisine magazine (now called Cuisine at home – a fabulous, no frills cooking magazine, by the way), which I still have. [Can I take a moment and pat myself on the back for actually finding my original copy among all the boxes I’m currently unpacking from our total house reno that ended about a week ago?!]
Featured in the issue was a pumpkin cake with pear filling and brown butter icing. It is a fabulous cake, though it took about 5-6 hours for me to make it. Before husband and children, I had the time to devote to making this cake on a fairly regular basis. It became my signature cake that I made for so many holidays and birthdays. It converted the non-cake eaters to cake eaters, any time of year.
Fast forward to now, I haven’t made this cake in many years. But I wanted to do it again, in a quicker fashion, though no less tasty. So I cut back on some of the fat and sugar and made it in bundt form, so that the pears are incorporated into the cake rather than being a separate filling. Using plain Greek yogurt (I recommend 2%), I could cut back on some of the butter while adding a depth of flavor and moistness to the cake. I also scaled back a bit on the sugar amount and used light brown sugar because I just think the flavor pairs better with pumpkin overall. And while the spice mix looks like a bunch of ingredients [it is], you must make it as is! I wish I was better at describing the richness and depth of flavor, with a hint of spice on the backend that really adds to the pumpkin flavor. Prepared pumpkin spice ain’t got nothing on this mix. Trust me.
The brown butter icing remains because let’s be honest, nothing is as good in this world as brown butter icing. I did cut back a bit on the amount of icing. If you want more icing, then by all means double the recipe and go to town.
We also did our first facebook live last week when we made the cake. You can check it out here where I discuss using all-purpose flour and corn starch instead of cake flour (which I don’t keep on hand on a regular basis). And ignore the cranberry part (or quick shots of our faces that were so NOT camera ready). I had dreams of making a cranberry brown butter icing, but that was a miserable fail so let’s just stick to the original. Moving on…Make Thanksgiving a little sweeter and more festive with this Pumpkin Pear Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Icing Click To Tweet
I hope you enjoy this Pumpkin Pear Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Icing. Nothing says Thanksgiving to me more than this cake. And in this week of thanks, we are grateful to all of our readers, friends and family. Thank you for your support and hope you enjoy the holiday! Be sure to check out our fellow Reduxers creations below too.