Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pear & walnut upside down cake

Surprise surprise, another dessert which consists of pears...I just find them so tasty. So here is a spongy spiced cake, with yummy pears and walnuts, which you cans serve warm with chocolate sauce!! 

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 6ish people
  • Prep time: 15-20 mins
  • Baking time: 40 mins
What you will need:

For the buttery base

175g butter, melted
45g caster sugar
45g light brown sugar
2-3 pears, peeled, halved and cored
walnuts to decorate 

For the cake sponge

45g unsalted butter, at room temperature
75g caster sugar
50g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
60ml buttermilk

How to make:

1) Grease a 23cm cake tin with a little of the melted butter, the pour the remaining butter into the cake tin. Add the caster sugar and the brown sugar to the butter and mix well

2) Arrange the pears nicely, curved side down, in the butter/sugar mixture. Then place the walnuts between each pear half

3) To make the cake sponge, whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

4) Stir together all the dry ingredients, then mix by hand with the butter and sugar mixture

5) Add the egg and mix until incorporated, then add the vanilla extract and buttermilk and fold together

6) Pour the batter over the pears, and spread evenly, then place into the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 40 mins (or until well risen and tooth pick comes out clean)

7) Remove from the oven and leave to cool for at least 10 minutes, then loosen the cake from the sides of the tin and invert it on to a rimmed serving plate. If any juices left, spoon them over the cake

The pictures above is the cake taken out a earlier than what should have been, so I put it back in the oven to attempt to save it. So make sure you leave it 40 mins. I also would add less butter to the base only because it seemed quite a lot. Enjoy :)

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