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Hamptons Holiday Recipe: Gingerbread Cake With Poached Pear

Nicole Barylski

Nothing says the holidays like a homemade gingerbread dessert. For the ultimate end to a festive feast try a gingerbread cake and poached pear created by Simi Winery's Executive Chef, Kolin Vazzoler. The tasty treat should be capped off with a glass of Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay.

Gingerbread Cake:

 • 3 cups sugar
 • 3 cups molasses
 • 1 1/2 cups oil
 • 9 eggs
 • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
 • 1 tablespoons ground cloves
 • 1 tablespoons ground ginger
 • 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
 • 6 cups flour
 • 2 tablespoons baking soda
 • 3 cups boiling water
 • Powdered sugar


1. In a bowl, combine sugar, molasses, oil and eggs.
2. Whisk together.
3. Combine salt, spices, flour and baking soda.
4. Stir into molasses mixture.
5. Gradually pour in boiling water.
6. Mix until combined.
7. Pour into a cake pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
8. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
9. Let cool and cut into serving portions.

Poached Pear:

 • 1 cup white wine
 • 3 cups water
 • 1 cup sugar
 • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
 • 4 whole cloves
 • 2 cinnamon sticks
 • 4 lemon strips (2" x 1/2" long)
 • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
 • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
 • 6 pears, Bartlett, comice, medium ripe, peeled, halved and cored


1. In a large saucepan, combine, wine, sugar, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, lemon rind and juice.
2. Bring to a boil and add the pears, return to a boil and simmer pears until a skewer can easily pierce the pears.
3. Cool in liquid and refrigerate until needed.
4. Remove pears from liquid and place next to gingerbread cake.
5. Reheat the poaching liquid and drizzle over the cake and pears for added flavor.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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