Cranberry-Pear Cake Bars

cranberry-pear-barI got this recipe a couple years ago from Everyday Food, but like usual, I’m having a hard time locating it on Martha’s incredibly-impossible recipe search engine. So, I’ll retype it. I love this recipe. The bars are actually quite tart, which is pleasant after all the sickeningly sweet things I usually make at Christmastime, and it has a nice texture. I’m bringing these to the Ward Christmas Party on Saturday, so all are invited for a sample!

Cranberry-Pear Cake Bars

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
2 c. flour
1 t. soda
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 3/4 c. packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 T. finely grated orange zest (Microplanes are the best zesters!)
2 firm pears, peeled, halved, cored and thinly sliced
8 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 c. walnut pieces
whipped cream, for serving (optional, of course)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease, spray, or line a 9 x 13″ pan with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and zest until smooth. Add flour mixture; mix just until moistened (do not overmix). Fold in pears, cranberries, and walnuts.
3. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Cool completely in pan set on a rack. If using parchment, pull the overhang out to easily cut.

Picture to come on Saturday . . .


2 thoughts on “Cranberry-Pear Cake Bars

  1. Deb K says:

    Natalie – it is in the oven now – I think it’s okay, but I was sure I’d made a mistake – that batter is like cement! It was so thick, I had a hard time getting the cranberries, nuts and pears folded in. I reread the recipe 3 times, going over my measurements, etc. I finally thought, what the heck, troweled it into the pan and hoped for the best. Looks like yours, but I’ll be interested in the taste – I think I’ll have a sample before Christmas day – wouldn’t be a good day to kill my relatives! Have a wonderful holiday – you’re missing a bad storm. DK


  2. Renee says:

    Thanks for posting! I had the same recipe (and make these every year) but of course lost it and couldn’t find it anywhere on the website.


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