Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake

Tamara Jane featured this on Good Morning a few weeks back, and a close friend of mine told me I had to try it.   I knew it would be good, as she knows her food.  I had actually seen it being made on the show and thought at the time it looked pretty good, but I wasn't prepared for just how good it truely is.  You have to make this cake.  It is devine.  Not cheap, but it ranks up there with probably one of the best cakes I've ever come across!!

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
250g melted and cooled butter
2 packham pears, peeled, cored and cut into 2cm slices
1 cup of golden syrup
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
200g sour cream

Preheat oven to 160 degrees and lighly grease and line a 6cm deep cake tin.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup brown sugar over base of prepared pan and pour 1/3 cup butter over the sugar.  Arrange the pear slices in a single layer over the butter and sugar.

Place remaining butter into a large bowl.  Whisk in syrup and eggs.  Sift in soda, flour, ground ginger, mixed spice and remaining sugar and mix.  Stir in sour cream and pour batter over pears.

Bake for 1 and a half hours or until cooked.  Stand for 10 minutes and turn out onto a platter.  Serve and enjoy.  Have two pieces.

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