Carmelized Pear Upside Down Gingerbread Cake Recipe

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Carmelized Pear Upside Down Gingerbread Cake
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  1. Directions:
  2. In an 8-inch square, heavy aluminum cake pan placed over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. of the butter. Add the granulated sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar melts and turns light brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Arrange the pear slices in the pan in 4 overlapping rows. Set aside.
  3. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  4. Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the fresh ginger. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the remaining 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) butter until creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Slowly drizzle in the egg, beating each addition until incorporated before continuing. Beat in the molasses.
  6. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat just until combined. Pour the batter on top of the pears and spread it evenly to the edge of the pan. Bake until the top of the cake is puffed, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Run a table knife around the edge of the pan and shake it to make sure the cake is not sticking. (If it is, set the pan over low heat and heat for 1 to 2 minutes, gently shaking it until the cake is free.) Place a serving plate upside down on the pan. Wearing oven mitts, invert the plate and pan together. Lift off the pan. Dislodge any pear slices that stick to the pan and arrange them on top of the cake. Serve at room temperature.
  8. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar on top and around cake on plate with a few sprigs of mint for color.
  9. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, anyone?
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 364.16 Kcal (1525 kJ)
Calories from fat 98.79 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.98g 17%
Cholesterol 45.73mg 15%
Sodium 304.94mg 13%
Potassium 525.86mg 11%
Total Carbs 63.85g 21%
Sugars 43.6g 174%
Dietary Fiber 1.63g 7%
Protein 3.85g 8%
Vitamin C 1.1mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 2.8mg 16%
Calcium 103.1mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 265.13 Kcal (1110 kJ)
Calories from fat 71.92 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.99g 17%
Cholesterol 33.3mg 15%
Sodium 222.02mg 13%
Potassium 382.86mg 11%
Total Carbs 46.48g 21%
Sugars 31.74g 174%
Dietary Fiber 1.18g 7%
Protein 2.8g 8%
Vitamin C 0.8mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 2.1mg 16%
Calcium 75.1mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 7.9
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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