A few months ago I had won a hand painted KitchenAid mixer from USA Pears and the artist, Nicole Dinardo of Un Amore. The mixer has green pears painted on it and it’s beautiful. I honestly didn’t think I’d win it. How many things do you enter to win and never hear back from, right? So when USA Pears sent me an email, saying that I was the winner, I was shocked. I even showed my husband the email and tried to double check that it wasn’t some scam. Though sure enough, I had won it.
I patiently waited for it to arrive and once it came, the first thing I made with it was a pear cardamom upside down cake. I mean, I had to make something with pears, right? Besides, the cake looks kind of elegant, so that was a bonus. Since then, I’ve used my new mixer several times and each time I do, it puts a smile on my face.
As for the pear cardamom upside down cake, I’ve provided the recipe for you. It really is a great little cake. I love the flavor of cardamom and it goes really well with pears. It’s also pretty enough to present at a tea party or potluck. As most home baked goods, it went quickly in this house. I think you’ll like it, especially if you like pears.
PEAR CARDAMOM UPSIDE DOWN CAKE
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 sticks butter (3/4 cup), at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 anjou pears, peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350. In a cast iron skillet, brown four tablespoons of the butter over medium high heat. After the butter has browned, add the brown sugar and cook for three minutes over medium heat, until the caramel is smooth and creamy (it might look like the butter and sugar are separating and that’s normal..don’t worry!). Pour caramel into a nine inch cake pan and set aside.
Arrange the pear slices in the cake pan in a spiral pattern. Sprinkle with lemon juice and set aside.
Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom). Cream together the rest of the butter (1 stick) with the granulated sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, while continuing to beat. Add the vanilla extract and then the dry ingredients, alternately with the milk. Beat until light and fluffy.
Spread cake batter over pears and bake for forty minutes. Let cake cool in the pan for a few minutes before saying a prayer and turning over onto a large plate.
Recipe from Eat, Live, Run