Pear and Ginger Upside-Down Cake Recipe

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Pear and Ginger Upside-Down Cake
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  1. Lightly butter a 9-inch cheesecake pan with removable rim at least 2 1/2 inches tall. Line pan with a 10-inch round of cooking parchment, pressing into bottom and about 1/2 inch up sides. Cut 2 tablespoons butter into about 1/4-inch chunks and drop evenly over parchment in pan bottom. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 cup brown sugar and the crystallized ginger.
  2. Peel pears and cut in half lengthwise, then, slicing parallel to cut edge, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. With a small knife, cut core from each slice. Arrange slices flat, in a single layer, over sugar mixture in pan, trimming pieces as needed to fit.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and allspice.
  4. In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat remaining 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to medium-low and beat in molasses. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beating until incorporated, then beat on high speed just until well blended. Pour batter over pears.
  5. Bake in a 325° regular or 300° convection oven until a toothpick inserted in center (not in fruit) comes out clean, 1 hour and 35 to 40 minutes (cake center may settle slightly). Let cool in pan on a rack about 20 minutes. Remove pan sides. Invert a platter over cake, then, holding the two together, invert again. Carefully remove pan bottom and parchment. Serve warm.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 4088.92 Kcal (17119 kJ)
Calories from fat 408.74 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45.42g 70%
Cholesterol 466.75mg 156%
Sodium 3090.17mg 129%
Potassium 6070.64mg 129%
Total Carbs 877.84g 293%
Sugars 525.09g 2100%
Dietary Fiber 22.05g 88%
Protein 56.65g 113%
Vitamin C 16.8mg 28%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 9%
Iron 22.1mg 123%
Calcium 1772.1mg 177%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 220.85 Kcal (925 kJ)
Calories from fat 22.08 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.45g 70%
Cholesterol 25.21mg 156%
Sodium 166.9mg 129%
Potassium 327.88mg 129%
Total Carbs 47.41g 293%
Sugars 28.36g 2100%
Dietary Fiber 1.19g 88%
Protein 3.06g 113%
Vitamin C 0.9mg 28%
Iron 1.2mg 123%
Calcium 95.7mg 177%

* 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

  • 84.8
  • 110

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar

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