Introduction: Pear Upside Down Cake | Simplified

This is a great dessert when you want to rustle up something quick, this pear upside down cake is a take on that classic pineapple upside down cake we all love. There are so many ways to do this dessert, some involving caramels but this no frills version is great served with ice cream or custard. So give it a try. To make this dessert you will need the following:

  • 3 conference pears depending on the size, you could use almost any pear though so pick your favourite if you prefer, peels and de-core.
  • 190g plain flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon powder, don't be tempted to add too much
  • 1/4 tsp or a good pinch of salt
  • 125 ml of whole milk, got to be whole, unless you want to be healthy
  • 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, really no point in using pods here, you could even leave this out if you don't have any at home but it does make a difference
  • 110g of unsalted butter
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Step 1: Method

There is a lot of whisking, you could use a mixer but I prefer to use muscle power.

  1. Start by putting your brown sugar in a large bowl
  2. Melt your butter and add to the sugar, this is much easier than trying to cream soft butter with the brown sugar and should help to prevent lumps in your batter
  3. Whisk together and then add the eggs, you can add them one at a time but it really doesn't matter, just bung them in, whisk the eggs to incorporate
  4. Add the vanilla extract, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix
  5. To this add your milk, I always use whole milk, when you whisking in the milk you will see your mixture smooth out a lot. if you still have a few lumps of sugar, don't worry, no one will notice and I wont tel :)
  6. With a sieve, add about half the flour and whisk before adding the rest and whisking again
  7. Peel and quarter your pears before de-coring (or cut any way you prefer)
  8. In a greased and lined cake tin (approx 20cm) lay the pears in the bottom
  9. Pour over the cake batter, smooth over and tap on the counter to release any air bubbles
  10. Bake in the oven at about 180 degrees celsius for 25 - 30 minutes until a knife inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean
  11. leave to cool in the tin for about 10 - 15 minutes at least before turning out onto your serving plate

And enjoy :)

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