Buttermilk Spice Cake with Pear Compote and Crème Fraîche

Buttermilk Spice Cake with Pear Compote and Crème Fraîche
Photo by Patricia Heal

Ingredients

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon finely grated lime peel
  • 1 3-inch piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • + 14 more ingredients
    • 17 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 ½ cups crème frache**
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
    • Powdered sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground whole star anise*
    • Large pinch of salt
    • ½ teaspoon (scant) baking powder
    • ¼ cup cornstarch
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 3 Bosc pears

Mix sugar, lime juice, and salt in heavy large saucepan. Add pears and toss gently to coat. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until pears are just tender, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill until cold, then cover and keep ...

View full recipe at Epicurious

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