Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Caramelised Upside Down Pear Cake

Admittedly, this is not the prettiest cake I've made, but its simple, rustic, and best of all, yummy!

About a couple of weeks ago, we had our regular catch up with friends over a home cooked meal and with the weather being so cold recently, it felt appropriate to bake something that was warming and homely. What's more winter warming than a caramelised upside down pear cake! 

This is the kind of cake that I imagine a nanna would make served with a cup of earl grey tea.  It's moist with just the right of amount of sweetness.  It's known that I don't have a big sweet tooth so this cake was just perfect for me.  You could easily have a second slice without feeling overly indulgent, which is exactly what I did, with a cup of tea of course!
This is a really easy cake to make.  Cut the pears, place them into the cake tin, pour the mixture over the pears and let it all bake in the oven.  It does, however, take a long time to bake.  The first time I made this cake, it took almost 2 hours in the oven so do ensure you leave loads of time for cooking.  The second time around (as shown in these pics), I cranked up the oven temperature and ended up baking for 1 hour 20 minutes - although it could have benefited from a bit longer in the oven, as the buttery caramel will crisp up the sides of the cake. 

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