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    Gingerbread-Pear Upside-Down Cake

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    1 hr 50 mins

    30 mins

    1 hr 20 mins

    Derf's Note:

    Kids and adults love it, serve with a dollop of sour cream or sweet whiped cream if you like.

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    1. 1
      Spread 1/4 cup butter on bottom of 10 inch round cake pan or 9 inch square cake pan.
    2. 2
      Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
    3. 3
      Arrange pear slices on top.
    4. 4
      Cream together remaining butter and brown sugar.
    5. 5
      Beat in egg until light and fluffy.
    6. 6
      Stir in molasses.
    7. 7
      Dissolve baking soda in boiling water, set aside.
    8. 8
      Sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
    9. 9
      Add flour mixture alternately with dissolved baking soda to creamed mixture, stirring just until blended.
    10. 10
      Pour over pears.
    11. 11
      Bake in 350°F oven 50-65 minutes or until tester inserted into centre comes out clean.
    12. 12
      Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cake.
    13. 13
      Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then invert a serving plate on top of pan and turn out upside-down onto plate.
    14. 14
      Serve warm.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 13, 2003


      Our guests really enjoyed this. I used tinned pears well drained and also used golden syrup instead of molasses-I've never cooked with it, only given it to our horses in bran mashes. I found dealing with the cup measurement for the butter a bit awkward as I'm used to dealing with the weight of butter rather than the volume in larger quantities.

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    • on March 18, 2009


      This was right up there but maybe too much butter for my family's tastes so next time I will cut back on the butter and even try it out using apples. The gingerbread cake part was just gorgeous in colour, smell and taste. I had to use treacle as molasses is not easy to find in Australia but I will start a search for molasses so can do it again.

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    • on February 25, 2009


      Comfort food at it's best! Great served warm but also wonderful served at room temperature with cool whip and a cup of tea. Thank you Derf for posting this soothing recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Gingerbread-Pear Upside-Down Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (210 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 9

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 580.9
    Calories from Fat 240
    Total Fat 26.6 g
    Saturated Fat 16.4 g
    Cholesterol 91.2 mg
    Sodium 554.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 82.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
    Sugars 40.0 g
    Protein 5.5 g

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