Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pear & Ginger Upside Down Cake

This is an old faithful recipe that is delicious served warm, with ice cream, with the syrup dripping down the sides of the cake OR cook it at a slightly higher temperature so that the syrup reduces a little more & the cake is therefore less messy to transport to playgroup or a morning tea.

Serves 16

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
250 grams butter, melted, cooled
3 pears, peeled, cored, cut into 2cm slices
1 cup golden syrup
2 eggs
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tsp crushed ginger (from the jar)
1 tsp mixed spice
200 grams light sour cream


Preheat oven to 160/140 fan forced (I kept it at 160 to reduce the syrup more)

Lightly grease 6cm deep, 23cm square cake pan. Line base & sides with baking paper.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of brown sugar over base of pan. Pour 1/3 of the cup of butter over sugar. Arrange pear slices in a single layer over butter & sugar.

Place remaining butter in large bowl. Whisk in syrup, eggs, soda, flour, ginger, mixed spice & remaining sugar. Stir in sour cream. Pour batter over pears.

Bake for 1 hr 30 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Stand for 10 mins then turn out onto a platter to serve.

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