1/4 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups flour
2 pounds ripe pears
2 teaspoons butter (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
2. Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, extracts and salt. Whisk in flour. The batter will be quite thick.
3. Peel, core, and slice pears. Gently fold sliced pears into batter.
4. Pour pear mixture into the pan and spread out as evenly as you can. Dot with the butter (if using—it will help the top brown) and bake for about 50 minutes or until puffy and lightly golden. 5. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.