Dear SOS: Euro Pane, on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., has the most delicious spiced pear cake. It is moist and truly delicious with a hint of ginger. I would love to re-create it at home. Could you get the recipe for me? -- Lynda
Dear Lynda: Owner Sumi Chang was happy to share her recipe for this wonderfully fragrant, moist and delicious cake, writing that "it is a very humble-looking cake, but the taste is incredible. Originally, someone gave me this recipe as an apple cake recipe, and I baked a lot of apple cake using it. Once, however, I was out of apples, so I used Anjou pears instead. The rest, as they say, is history." The secret is the ripe pears; Sumi told us she usually buys the pears before they are fully ripe, then lets them ripen fully before using.
Euro Pane's Pear Spice Cake
Adapted from Sumi Chang of Euro Pane in Pasadena. She recommends using fully ripened Anjou pears. Servings: 12 to 16. Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes.
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon