Pear Buttermilk Spice Cake, adapted from Smitten Kitchen
2 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat or white whole wheat flour (I love King Arthur Brand)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp of each: ground ginger, allspice, cardamom, cloves
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or an olive oil/vegetable oil mixture)
1/4 cup buttermilk
3 eggs beaten
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 and grease and flour 2 9x5 inch loaf pans or a 10 inch tube pan. Mix the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a mixing bowl Peel, core and grate or chop the pears so that you have 2 cups total. In another bowl, mix the oil, buttermilk, eggs, sugar, pears and vanilla. Mix this into the dry ingredients. Pour into pans and bake at 350 for 60 to 70 minutes until brown. Cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool on a cooling rack.
Store, lightly wrapped in plastic. It is even better on the second day...or third.