Originally from the Foodland Ontario website (http://www.ontario.ca/foodland/recipes/buttermilk-pear-ginger-cake), the warm molasses and spicy ginger flavours of this cake make it a great choice for a brisk (okay, just darn freezing) day.
2 ¼ cups Partially Sifted Flour
¾ tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp allspice
½ tsp salt
½ cup butter, at room temperature
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup fancy molasses
1 cup buttermilk
3 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
Whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. In a separate bowl, beat butter until it’s fluffy; add in sugar, egg and molasses beating between each addition. Add dry ingredients into butter mixture alternatively with the buttermilk. Beat just until combined. Fold in pears. Pour the batter into a greased Bundt pan and bake for 55 minutes at 350°F. Let cool and dust with icing sugar.