3 peeled small pears, cored and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger, divided
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1 large egg
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine pears, 1 tablespoon ginger, and lemon juice. Coat a 9 x 2-inch round cake pan with cooking spray; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Arrange pears in bottom of pan in a circular pattern.
Combine brown sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Beat in egg. Add buttermilk, molasses, and 1 tablespoon ginger; beat until well-blended. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (flour through nutmeg). Add flour mixture to batter; stir until well-blended. Pour over pears. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool in pan 20 minutes on a wire rack. Place a plate sprinkled with powdered sugar upside down on top of cake pan; invert cake onto plate.
This cake was wonderful. I used chopped crystallized ginger, which worked very nicely. I sometimes have trouble getting cakes neatly out of the pan, but this one slid right out and looked very professional. This recipe is a keeper!
I don't typically like gingerbread because it's crunchy rather than chewy. This was so moist and flavorful. The pears were a great combination with the gingerbread. I agree with another reviewer who thought this would be great with ice cream. Maybe when it gets cold I'll have to do that!! I will definitely make this again, and I encourage you to make this as well!
What a delicious treat! I've made this cake several times, and believe me, it goes quickly around our house. I have always been a fan of gingerbread, but the pears with ginger just add a little something special. I made this just a few weeks ago, but there's something about that fresh ginger that made my mouth water every time I thought about it, so I doubled the cake recipe and made a sheet cake, omitting the pears mixed with ginger and lemon juice. Simply scrumptious!
I really liked the flavor of this dessert. It's well balanced and flavorful. Lovely served warm with ice cream. I might make it for Christmas dinner - the only minor change I will make is to use a smaller-diameter pan, such as an 8-inch. I would personally prefer the cake to be a bit thicker.
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