Pear cake with honey and lemon


Original and with a lot of flavours, this recipe is Camille Lesecq's recipe, pastry Chef of Le meurice, Paris. I changed a few things in the recipe, because I've baked it a few times already.

- did I get fat ? -

Really soft and tender, it can be made in a meat loaf pan,
it has always been a huge success :)

For 6 people
   You will need :   
2 pears
3.5 oz of honey (100g)
- pine honey -
2.8 oz of butter (80gr)
- Camille Lesecq puts 3.5 oz -

the dough
4.2 oz of white sugar (120gr)
1.8 oz of butter (50gr)
4.4 oz of flour (125gr)
1.7 fl oz of milk (5cL)
1.7 fl oz of olive oil (5cL)
- Camille Lesecq puts 2.5 fl oz -
- you can use vegetal oil if you prefer -
2 eggs
1 grated lemon zest
3tbsp of lemon juice
0.2 oz of baking powder (6gr)

Prepare the pears
In a casserole, melt the butter with the honey on low heat.
Rinse, peal the pears and remove the heart with the seeds. Cut them in dice of 1/2 inch
- Camille Lesecq cuts them in 8, not in dice -
Add them to the melted butter, cover and let it cook at medium heat for 20 minutes.
Let it cool down in the butter sauce. They must be translucid. Set aside.

Turn the oven on at 375°F

Prepare the cake
Beat the sugar with the egss and the lemon zest for at least 3 minutes,
it must be light and foamy
Pour the milk slowly while stirring
Integrate the flour and the baking powder with a wooden spoon 
by doing small circular movements from the center
Finally, stir the lemon juice, the melted butter and the oil
By hand, stir it all together 2 to 3 minutes. Set Aside

Dry of the pears with a colander, use a clean absorbent paper to remove delicatly the excedient butter

In a buttered pan (you can use the butter +honey sauce to butter it), pour 2/3 of the dough, them place the pears carefully with a spoon, and pour the rest of the dough on top of them
- Camille Lesecq puts the pears aside the cake, but I like it better in it -
Put in the oven for 35 to 50 minutes, depending on your mold
Check the cooking by inserting a clean and smooth knife in the middle of the cake, 
it must come out clean

Thanks to Camille for this recipe, the first time I made it, I followed all the instructions, it had 300 gr of butter in it (12oz of butter...)
It's a bit too much butter for me :D

"Cake aux poires juste confites" is the exact name of that cake

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