I have to say that I am loving the colder weather. Though there has not been any snow, it is clear winter is knocking on the door. I love winter more as I get older. It is the time of the year that
life slows down a bit. I think we all like to spend more time in our homes on cold winter days.
For some of us the cold weather drives us into the kitchen to create foods that will make our
house smell heavenly. This newest recipe will do exactly that. It is a perfect cake for all needs. Pretty enough to serve to guests and addicting enough to eat ALL day. Seriously. The smell from the nutmeg as it bakes is like a warm hug from your Gramma. I kid you not! And we all could use a hug like that on cold bitter days, don't you agree?
Cranberry and Pear Eggnog Cake
Preheat oven 350
Grease and line the bottom of a 8 x 3 or 9 x 2 cake pan
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp nutmeg ( fresh grated if possible )
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
1/2 cup eggnog
3 tbsp rum
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of frozen or fresh cranberries
1 cup of frozen or fresh pears (chopped into chunks)
3/4 cup walnut halves or pieces
Stir together in small bowl the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg, set aside.
In a medium bowl combine eggs and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
Stir in rum and vanilla.
Mix together the melted butter and eggnog
To the egg and sugar mixture add the dry ingredients and eggnog/ butter in
batches starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Beating well after
Fold in the cranberries and pears carefully.
Spoon batter into prepared pan.
Sprinkle top of batter with walnuts pushing down gently into batter.
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until done.
Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
Turn out of pan and cool completely.
Once cooled, drizzle icing over top.
Store in an airtight container.
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp eggnog or cream
1 tsp vanilla
Stir together until blended.
Adding more icing sugar if needed.