Saturday, April 08, 2006

Pear and Almond Upside-Down Cake

I love pineapple upside-down cake and I love the combination of pears and almonds - they have to be one of those perfect matches. So why not combine the two to create something luscious?

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Pear and Almond Upside-Down Cake

Topping:
100g soft brown sugar
50g butter
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4-6 pears, peeled and cut into quarters
75g blanched almonds, chopped roughly

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F.

Line a springform pan with baking paper - butter and flour the pan as well.

Peel the pears, cut into quarters, de-core and keep in lemon water to stop from browning while you prepare the topping.

Place the butter, sugar and ground cinnamon in a small pan and cook until the butter is melted and the mixture amalgamates. Pour into the prepared baking pan and arrange the pear pieces (rounded side down) over the topping. Sprinkle over with the chopped almonds and set aside while you make the cake mix.

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Cake:
150g butter, cut into cubes and softened
½ cup caster sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup almond meal
2 cups plain flour, sifted with 2 tablespoons baking powder
¾ cup milk

Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, caster sugar and vanilla bean paste until light and fluffy.
Slowly add the beaten eggs making sure the mix is well amalgamated between additions.
Stir in the milk and then fold in the sifted flour followed by the almond meal.
Spoon into the cake tin, smoothing the top before placing in the oven.

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Bake for around 50 minutes or until it's cooked through.

Cool in the tin before turning it out onto a serving dish.

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5 comments:

  1. I make phenomenal pineapple upside down cakes apparently. I say apparently because I am allergic to the damn stuff so have never tasted it but others just love them. Now finally I can taste my own upside down cake! Heh heh, I am definitely going to try this!

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  2. That would be torture to be allergic to something that everyone else raves over! Try fresh apricots, peaches and nectarines - they turn out really well as upside down cakes. Just use your regular upside down cake recipe and replace the fruit! Oh, pecan and apple is another fav.

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  3. Wow. This looks awesome. And believe me - it's definitely torture to be allergic to anything. I'm allergic to ALL fruits, other than citrus and berries, and it's murder.
    BTW, thanks for tagging me on the meme. I'll be posting it tomorrow!

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  4. Hi Fiber - look forward to reading the meme. I really can't imagine how hard it must be to allergic to fruits.

    Hi Ange - Thanks!

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