© Kamran Siddiqi
Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 20 MIN
Yield
Serves : 8 to 10

This super moist loaf spiked with candied ginger is the perfect tea cake. Slideshows: Great Cakes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350° and butter a 9-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Step 2    

In a medium bowl, whisk the cup of sugar with the butter, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then fold in the pears and ginger.

Step 3    

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with sugar and crystallized ginger and bake in the center of the oven for about 1 hour until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean; loosely cover the top with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning.

Step 4    

Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let cool completely in the pan. Invert the cake onto a plate and invert again. Slice the cake and serve.

Make Ahead

The cake can be wrapped in foil and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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