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Raisin Pear Bundt Cake

My husband works with a fellow who brought a bushel of Bosc pears to work. “Help yourself,” he said. “I’ve got plenty more!” It would seem that not too many people in the office care for the fruit, because every night Reiner comes home with a couple/three pears in his briefcase.

I enjoy pears well enough, but they must be exactly ripe. Not too firm, not too ripe. He says I’m fussy.


He also says that the Raisin Pear Bundt Cake that I made today was very good. Which surprised me, because I didn’t think that the cake was sweet enough for his palette, nor moist enough, because I, um, overcooked it a tad. Hence the lack of a cake photo. We managed to devour half the cake with our tea, just now. I’d say we have a winner on our hands!

Here is the modified version of this Rhubarb Blueberry Muffins recipe that you can find on the FWIC Pinterest board. It is a winning recipe, too, if you happen to have fresh or frozen berries on hand.

Raisin Pear Bundt Cake

  1. 1/4 cup butter, softened

  2. 3/4 cup sugar

  3. 1 egg

  4. 1/4 vanilla full fat yogurt (that’s what’s in the fridge – use lo- or no-fat, or sour cream, if you have it on hand.)

  5. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder

  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  9. 1 teaspoon salt

  10. 1/3 cup milk

  11. 2 cups fresh ripe pears (about 3 Bosc pears)

  12. 1/3 cup raisins


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  2. Beat in egg and sour cream.

  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt and then gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.

  4. Fold in the pears and raisins.

  5. Fill greased bundt pan

  6. Bake at 400° for 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack.

  7. Serve warm.


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The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

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