Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake

Super easy to make, moist and packed with flavour. Choose medium sized semi ripe pears that can be peeled easily without disintegrating. Easy to adapt to gluten free.


Preheat the oven to 150 degrees c (fan)

Start by preparing the pears. I use a speed vegetable peeler to remove the skins then cut off the stalk and the bud at the base of each pear. Cut each of the three pears in half lengthwise then use an apple corer to carefully take out the six small cores. In the hole remaining push in a star anise.  Arrange the pears cut side down into the prepared tin and set aside.

In a roomy mixing bowl place all of the cake ingredients and use an electric whisk to mix well together. Transfer the mixture to the tin and cover the pears. Smooth off with an angled palette knife or the back of a spoon.

Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for one and a quarter hours until the cake is well risen and the centre feels firm to the touch.

Place the tin on a cooling rack and leave until the tin feels just warm. Turn out onto a presentation plate or cake stand, remove the baking paper and serve !

I like this cake served warm with a blob of crème fraiche.

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