Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Taste Of Autumn - Pear Upside-Down Cake




Pears, often considered the humble cousins of apples, are one of the most versatile fruits and have a delicate aroma and natural sweetness, talents that makes them one of the shining stars of atumn.
They belong, curiosly enough, to the rose family, that gives them a quite aristocratic family background.
There is an enourmous verity of pears grown around the world, an estimated over 3000.!
Apart from sweets they make a wonderful match with cheese, specially blue cheese.
Pears contain antioxidants and anti- inflamatory flavonoids and are rich in diaetary fiber.
So enjoy this wonderful fruit not only for its lovely taste but also for its health benefits.


Here is another elegant way to prepare them, poached and served with orange butter and lemon zest.


Or, as a sophisticated appetizer,combined with blue cheese and crunchy Prosciutto.
 Roquefort Mousse With Poached Pears 

For the Pear Upside Down Cake 
You Need:
For the topping
4 Pears, cut in medium slices
1 spoonful butter
2 spoonful brown sugar ( I prefere to use little sugar, so the natural aroma of the pears is not overwhelmed.)   

For the cake:
1 pear, peeled and diced
250g  (8.8 oz.) of flour
½ teaspoonful of baking powder
125g  (4.4 oz.) of unsalted butter
120g  (4.2 oz.)of sugar
1/8l of milk

Preparation:
In a large skillet, heat butter at low heat until butter has melted.

Add sugar, stir gently until sugar has melted than add sliced pears and continue cooking until pears are slightly caramelized.
Set aside.



Arrange the pear slices in a greased baking pan.

-In a large bowl, combine  the flour, butter, sugar, eggs and milk.


-Mix with a hand mixer until  smooth and fluffy.




Cover pears with cake batter, smooth with a spatula.

Preheat oven to 220CBake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a thin knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Remove cake from the oven and place it on a cooling track.
Let the cake cool down for some minutes (not longer, otherwise the pears will stick to the backing pan), then run a knife around the edges of the cake.
Place a cake plate over the cake and, using hot pads, flip the cake carefully over.
Gently remove thecake pan.
Et voila!






Couldn't resist :)





Serve with a small portion of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Enjoy!
Serves 8-10P
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50 comments:

  1. Qué buena idea usar las peras, son tan ricas y lo bueno es que como la manzana, aquí en Lima hay todos los meses del año.

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    1. Es cierto, es un privilegio tener estas frutas todo el año.

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  2. Daniela I love this cake. I would choose a pear over and apple any day. Did not know there were so many varieties. (PS curious to see what you think of my Peruvian restaurant outing post hi hi)

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    1. Hi Evelyn,
      Me too I prefere pears over many other fruits, never get tired of them. I'll drop by right now to read your post about the Peruvian restaurant. I 'm curious too to read it :)

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  3. I just recently started baking with pears. I found out they are so delicious in anything I have baked them into. This pear upside down cake sounds wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn.
      Pears are a great gift of Mother Nature, love them in sweets, too.

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  4. Love pears ! And this look delicious !
    Y tambien tenemos peras casi todo el año.
    Besos

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    1. Hola Gloria,
      somos verdaderamente afortunados de tener esta delicia todo el año!
      Gracias por tu feed back!

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  5. Love pears ! And this look delicious !
    Y tambien tenemos peras casi todo el año.
    Besos

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  6. Love pears ! And this look delicious !
    Y tambien tenemos peras casi todo el año.
    Besos

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  7. Hi Daniela, how you doing? That's a lovely cake, texture look so moist. Love how you present the cake with icing sugar, very impressive. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Have a great week ahead,regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia,
      How aré you, my friend? Long time no hear you.
      Thanks for this sweet feed back!
      Have a great week ahead.

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  8. The cake looks delicious. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      Thank you so much.Have a great weekend too!

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  9. We love upside down cakes, but have never tried with pears. It looks splendid!

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      Hope you will give it a try, it's really delicious!

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  10. I love simple cakes like this, they are the best. Good for breakfast, afternoon snack or dinner dessert.

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    1. Hi Cherie,
      True they are great for all occasions and meals. Ours did not last too long, my sons finished it off very fast :)

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  11. My husband is crazy about pears! I need to make this for him!

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    1. Hi Ashley,
      Hope he is going to like it.
      Cheers.

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  12. This looks amazing, Daniela - I love anything with pears, and just made some in saffron syrup. I wonder if they would work for this cake? Thank you for a beautiful post!

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    1. Hi David,
      wow,pears in saffron syrup, that sounds delicious. I'm sure this would work perfectly.

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  13. I am a big fan of pears and often carry one in my lunch to work. This cake looks lovely - the crumb is moist and the color beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tricia, glad to hear that you enjoyed the post!

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  14. What a beautiful cake to accompany your coffee or hot chocolate! I love the fruits of this season!

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    1. Hi Katrerina,
      I just had a piece with a cup of capuccino. You know what they day about great minds :)

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  15. My mouth is watering :) This looks delicious, Daniela!

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  16. I live for upside down cakes. This looks divine :)

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    1. Hi Kiran,
      They are one of my favorites too and I love to try them with all kind of seasonal fruits.

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  17. Pears never get enough love, do they? Apples are so much more popular, and IMO pears taste better. But apples keep better than pears -- probably why they're used more. This is wonderful -- thanks.

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    1. Hi John,
      Seems that both are always fighting for the lead, but in this cake pears win:)

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  18. I like that you have pear in the cake batter too...the cake looks delicious Daniela...beautiful pictures as well.
    Have a great week :)

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    1. So glad to hear that you enjoyed the post, dear friend!

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  19. Liebe Daniela, vor ein paar Tagen habe ich einen Bericht über euer schönes Frühlings-Wetter in Lima gehört und die Alexander von Humboldt Schule, da müsste ich an dich denken! Dein Birnen-Kuchen sieht sehr saftig und lecker aus - so richtig wunderbar für den Nachmittags-Kaffee!
    Ich hoffe es geht euch allen gut und ganz liebe Grüße an euch,
    Andrea

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    1. Danke , liebe Andrea! Wir haben zwar schon Frühling und es ist schön warm, nur leider läßt die Sonne noch auf sich warten. Dieses Jahr gibt's für uns keine weiße Weihnachten in Wien, sondern mit Palmen am Strand in Lima.
      Freut mich sehr, daß Dir der Birnenkuchen gefallen hat. Liebe Grüße, Daniela

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  20. Mmmm my husband brings back pears often from the office and I'm not super fond of eating them on their own, but in cakes they are phenomenal! Can't wait to try baking the upside down pear cake, looks so moist and good!

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    1. Hi Jaseline,
      Me too,I prefere them in a cake or with blue cheese.
      Cheers

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  21. I love your pear cake! Looks so tempting!

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  22. I love pears and this cake certainly celebrates that! What a perfect fall dessert that I wish I had in front of me right now!

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    1. Hi Abbe,
      welcome to the pear fan club! Glad you enjoyed the post. Cheers.

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  23. I've seen something recently in the supermarket called an 'Apple Pear'- this fruit would probably have the best of both worlds!

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    1. Hi Fran,
      Wow, that sounds really interesting, never heard of an Apple Pear before.

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  24. Hi Daniela, We're in the process of moving our blogspot over to a wordress platform. Please come take a look and tell me what you think. We're still working out the kinks and learning a new system so all feedback is much appreciated. Monica: theyumlist.net

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    1. Hi Monica,
      Of course, I'll stop by and tell you my impression. Wish you good luck with the new platforms!

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  25. What a lovely dessert. I agree that pears are often over-looked. I need to use them more often for sure, especially in a cake like this!

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