Sunday, December 07, 2008

Pear Upside-Down Cake Sunday

After a weekend of illness, depression-induced sleep, and further gut-wrenching stress about my job and my life, I'll repeat a sentiment I expressed elsewhere:

Do you think I'll feel better if I eat the whole thing at once?

My guess is that the correct answer is "No," so I'll just work on it one sliver at a time. The cake, that is. (As for the other issues, I have no idea how to work on them...)


SubtleKnife said...

Do you think I'll feel better if I eat the whole thing at once?

My answer depends on whether you mean while you're eating it (yes) or afterwards (no).

Salty Miss Jill said...

Ditto that, what she said.
Just don't wash it down with pills and booze as well.

SubtleKnife said...

PS. When's that recipe getting posted?

Joe said...

Funny, I just typed it up for a coworker who tasted it. Shall I post here or email it?

Joe said...

Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake
[Basic "Joy of Cooking" recipe, modified]

350 oven.

In cake pan or cast-iron skillet, melt 3-4 T sweet butter and tilt to coat sides.
Sprinkle 1/2-3/4 c of brown sugar over bottom of pan.
Arrange 4 sliced pears, tossed with lemon juice.


Whisk together & set aside:
2 eggs
2 T buttermilk
1/2 t vanilla

In large bowl combine:
1 c flour
3/4 c sugar [I use just between 1/2-2/3 c]
3/4 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
[my additions: 2-3 T chopped crystallized ginger, 1/4-1/2 t ground cardamom, ~1 t lemon zest]

6 T softened butter
6 T buttermilk

Beat on low speed until moistened, then increase speed to medium-high and beat for exactly 1.5 min.
Add 1/3 of egg mixture at a time, beating for exactly 20 seconds and scraping down bowl after each addition.
Spread batter over fruit evenly and bake 35-40 minutes or until pick comes out clean.
After removing, let cool for 3-5 minutes, make sure sides are loosened, then invert.

Anonymous said...


Great blog btw.

God, I'm soo freakin hungry. I'm seriously craving a burger and fries and this after it's all done. God, I sound awful, eating in sin, so much dirty eating.

Yum. OK, now I'll have a salad and some quiche.

Anonymous said...

PS THANKS for the recipe!

BigAssBelle said...

don't do it joe! don't!