Pear Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake

Gather the Ingredients: 2-3 firm ripe pears, 1 cup butter, 1 & 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 & 1/2 cups flour, 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon and ginger, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 c molasses, + 1 c boiling water, 1 egg

Gather the ingredients

tsp = teaspoon

c = cup

Spices are dry, ground

flour is all-purpose

Dry ingredients for the cake, Flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt

For the Cake; Dry ingredients:

2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium size bowl.

1 c boiling water, 1 c molasses and 1 egg

Mix together 1 cup each, boiling water and light molasses.
Whip 1/2 cup butter in the bowl of the mixer.
Blend in 1 egg to the whipped butter.

On low-speed, in three batches alternately add the mixed flour and molasses to the butter and egg.

For the topping:

Peel and slice 2 to 3 firm pears
In an eight inch cast iron skillet, melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter over medium heat.
When the butter is foamy, reduce heat to low and add 3/4 cup brown sugar.
Let the sugar cook, undisturbed for three minutes. Arrange pear slices decoratively over the sugar and cook, undisturbed, two more minutes. Remove from heat.

Arrange the pear slices over the melted butter and sugar

Pour the batter over the pears and bake in a pre-heated oven, on the middle rack for 40 to 50 minutes. Pick should come out clean.

Original recipe from “Epicurus” (click on the small photo for link)


Filed under Home Cooked

2 responses to “Pear Gingerbread Upside-Down Cake

  1. Luci Dawson

    Thanks so much, Debs. I’ve printed it out so I’ll have it ready as soon as the cast iron pan is in my hot little hands!!!

  2. You got me grinning Luci!
    I left out something VERY important. When the cake is done let it cool for 5 minutes and no more. Longer than 5 minutes and the topping will stick to the pan, making a delicious MESS. Get it out ASAP for the pretty glaze to cover your cake.

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