Individual Pear Upside Down Cakes
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Serves: Serves 4
Individual Pear Upside Down Cakes with caramelized pears and vanilla cake, topped with whipped cream.
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 pears, peeled, halved, and cored
  • For the Cake:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • For serving
  • sweetened whipped cream
  • caramel sauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter 4 ramekins well and set aside.
  2. Peel, core and slice pears in half. Using a melon baller take out the seed. Cut each quarter into 3 pieces. Line the bottoms of the ramekins with the pears.
  3. Put the butter and brown sugar in a small sauté pan. Heat until the sugar melts. Pour over the pears dividing the mixture between the 4 ramekins.
  4. To make the cake, in a small mixing bowl mix the sugar and butter together. Add the egg, vanilla and buttermilk. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until it is combined. Divide the cake batter between the 4 ramekins.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a tester into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let set for several minutes. Run a knife around the outside of the ramekin and turn it over onto the serving plate.
  7. Serve with additional caramel sauce and whipped cream if desired.
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Serving size: Serves 4
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