I wasn’t really sure how to “categorize” this recipe (breakfast, dessert, bakery, etc), and since I don’t have a category for “simply amazing”, I included it under all three categories! It makes a fantastic dessert as well as a sweet, warm breakfast treat. You really have to try this Light Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake – the flavor is unbelievable, you can “dress it up” with a variety of toppings (sugar free caramel ice cream topping is out-of-this-world!!), it is very versatile (try substituting apples, cinnamon and vanilla or peaches, nutmeg and almond instead of pear and ginger), and it’s easy to make.
Light Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake
- 1 10-inch, deep-dish pie pan
- 2 small bowl
- 1 wire rack
- 1 10-inch (or larger) plate
- 2 Bosc or Anjou pears, cored and thinly sliced (peeling is optional)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup skim milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons fruit spread or preserves (pear, apricot, peach, or any other mild flavor)
- 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray 10-inch, deep-dish pie pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
- Toss the pears and the lemon juice briefly in a small bowl, then drain off any excess lemon juice. Brush the tablespoon of butter evenly onto the bottom of the pie pan; sprinkle brown sugar over the butter.
- Arrange the pears as neatly and evenly as possible in the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes – then remove from the oven.
- Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in small bowl and stir well to mix. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg, fruit spread, oil and ginger; mix well.
- Add the flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until well blended (the batter will be very thick.) Carefully spread the batter evenly over the pears all the way to the to edge of the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean).
- Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then use a thin knife blade to gently loosen the cake from the sides of the pan. Place a 10-inch (or larger) plate over the top of the pan and quickly invert the cake onto the plate. If any pears happen to stick to the bottom of the pan, gently remove them and place them back on the cake. Serve warm.
To ensure the best results when preparing the Light Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake, here are some valuable tips and tricks to keep in mind. Additionally, we’ll discuss common mistakes to avoid, so you can achieve bakery-worthy perfection.
- The power of ripe pears: Selecting perfectly ripe but firm pears is crucial for this recipe. They should yield slightly to pressure when gently squeezed. Avoid overripe or mushy pears as they may not hold their shape during baking.
- Properly greasing the pan: To ensure your cake releases easily and maintains its beautiful presentation, generously grease the cake pan with butter or cooking spray. Don’t forget to also line the bottom with parchment paper for added insurance.
- Precise ginger measurements: Ginger adds a delightful warmth to this cake, but it’s essential to measure it accurately. Too little and the flavor may be subtle, while too much can overpower the delicate pear taste. Use a finely grated fresh ginger or ground ginger for consistent results.
- Gentle flipping technique: When it’s time to invert the cake onto a serving plate, be patient and gentle. Place the plate on top of the pan, hold firmly, and swiftly and confidently flip them together. Allow the cake to rest for a few seconds before lifting the pan, ensuring the topping stays intact.
- Cooling and slicing: Once the cake is baked, resist the temptation to immediately slice and serve. Allow it to cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes to fully set. Use a sharp knife to carefully loosen the edges, then place a serving plate on top and invert. The slices will hold their shape beautifully.
Serving Your Light Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake
To enhance the flavors of the Light Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake and create a memorable dining experience, here are some serving suggestions to consider. From recommended sides and garnishes to alternative ways of presentation, these ideas will elevate your dessert to new heights.
- Whipped cream and toasted almonds: Serve each slice with a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream, lightly sweetened and flavored with a hint of vanilla. Sprinkle some toasted almond slivers on top for an added crunch.
- Vanilla ice cream indulgence: Take your dessert to a new level of decadence by serving it with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. The cold and creamy texture beautifully complements the warm flavors of the cake.
- Caramel drizzle: Drizzle a luscious caramel sauce over the cake and allow it to cascade down the sides. The caramel’s sweet and slightly bitter notes create a delightful contrast to the fruity flavors of the pears and the spiciness of the ginger.
- Warm spiced tea pairing: Serve the Light Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake alongside a steaming cup of spiced tea. The aromatic blend of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves will harmonize perfectly with the cake’s flavors.
- Brunch centerpiece: This cake is not limited to desserts. Consider serving it as a stunning centerpiece for a brunch gathering. Pair it with a selection of fresh fruits, yogurt, and a side of scrambled eggs for a well-rounded and memorable meal.
Can I make this cake in advance?
Absolutely! This cake can be made a day in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. It actually tastes even better the next day as the flavors meld together.
How should I store any leftovers?
If you find yourself with leftovers, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. Before serving, bring it to room temperature or gently warm it in the oven for a few minutes.
Can I use canned pears instead of fresh ones?
While fresh pears are recommended for this recipe, you can use canned pears in a pinch. Just make sure to drain them well and pat them dry before arranging them in the cake pan.
Can I substitute ginger with ground spices?
Yes, if fresh ginger is not available, you can substitute it with ground ginger. Use approximately half the amount of ground ginger called for in the recipe. Adjust to taste, as ground ginger can have a more intense flavor.
Can I freeze the Light Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake?
Yes, you can freeze the cake for up to one month. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
Indulge in the irresistible flavors of the Light Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake. This delectable dessert is a perfect balance of juicy pears and aromatic ginger. Join us on a culinary journey as we share the recipe, along with valuable cooking tips and serving suggestions. Don’t forget to share and subscribe for more mouthwatering recipes.