This pear cake is made with tinned pears so you can make it year-round.
If you want to use fresh pears, use two large firm pears. Core and peel them. To the bottom of a saucepan large enough to fit the pear halves, add just enough water to cover. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer till soft, about 10 to 12 minutes depending how large and hard the pears are. Let cool in the liquid, then remove and drain. Use as described above.