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Upside-Down Buttermilk Pear Cake
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Upside-Down Buttermilk Pear Cake

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By Rheanna Kish and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: November 2012

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Portion size 12


  • 1/2 cup 1/2cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupunsalted butter
  • 2 tsp 2tsplemon juice
  • 3 3firm ripe pearpears, (about 1-1/4 lb/565 g)

Buttermilk Cake:

  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupunsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupgranulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cuppacked brown sugar
  • 2 2eggeggs
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
  • 1-1/3 cups 1-1/3cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspbaking powder
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspbaking soda
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupbuttermilk
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In saucepan over medium heat, cook brown sugar, butter and lemon juice, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Scrape into greased and parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan.

Peel, core and halve pears; cut each half into about 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick wedges. Arrange wedges, overlapping slightly, in pan.

Buttermilk Cake: In large bowl, beat butter with granulated and brown sugars until fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of buttermilk. Pour over pears, smoothing to edges of pan.

Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate; remove parchment paper.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 274 pro 3g total fat 13g sat. fat 8g
carb 38g dietary fibre 2g sugar 25g chol 63mg
sodium 122mg potassium 155mg

% RDI:

calcium 6 iron 8 vit A 12 vit C 2
folate 16
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