I’d like you to meet an old friend of mine with a new facelift. Glazed pear shortcake was the first from-scratch cake to come out of my newlywed kitchen more than 20 years ago. So simple, yet so delicious. So elegant, yet so comforting. I used to make this dessert to serve with coffee, and it always hit the spot.
The original recipe came from a set of recipe cards my husband ordered for me in the mail (yes, the same set that had the pumpkin dessert I referred to here.) I hadn’t made the shortcake in years, though, and decided it was time to bring it back, this time with an Amaretto glaze.
So, meet Amaretto-Glazed Pear Shortcake. I hope you’ll be friends for life. If you need to skip the alcohol, don’t worry. You can just add a bit of almond extract instead. And if almond is not your thing, know that the shortcake will still be delicious without it.
My family devoured this cake in less than 24 hours. Next time, I might make two, since this recipe is so easy to throw together. (You don’t even need eggs or a mixer. It’s made like biscuits, where you cut the butter into the flour and then toss the ingredients with a fork.)
I did try using fresh pears instead of canned in the shortcake (I made an Amaretto simple syrup to go with it) but the pears were still too firm after the cake was baked. So, I recommend using the canned Bartlett pear slices in syrup, to which you can add your Amaretto. How’s that for simple?
(Recipe Source: Adapted from Great American Recipes, published in 1988)