The sweet, tender pears paired with the flavorful olive oil cake is perfection. And if you’ve never tried an olive oil cake, the olive oil is very subtle and delicious.
small whole Bosc pears
all-purpose flour (for brushing on the pears)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Bring 4 cups water and granulated sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the pears; reduce heat to medium, and cook at a medium-low boil for 5 minutes or just until pears start to soften. Remove pears from pan; cool slightly. Trim the bottom off of each pear so that it is about the height of a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan. Lightly brush flour over the bottom ?rds of each pear.
extra-virgin (good tasting) olive oil
melted unsalted butter
lemon's finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice