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Upside-Down Cardamom-Pear Cake

An ideal spice for sweet, juicy pears, cardamom has a pronounced, slightly spicy flavor similar to ginger. This cake is best served warm.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

Ingredients

  • Pears:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 peeled Bartlett or Anjou pears, cored and each cut into 12 wedges
  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare pears, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cardamom; cook 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Pour sugar mixture into a 9-inch round cake pan coated with cooking spray. Arrange pears in an overlapping circle over sugar mixture; set aside.

To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Sift together flour, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well. Place granulated sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; beat until blended. Add flour mixture to egg mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla. Spoon batter into center of prepared pan; gently spread batter to cover fruit.

Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; run a knife around outside edge. Place a plate upside down on top of pan; invert onto plate. Let stand 2 minutes before removing pan. Cut into wedges.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 316
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 10.7g
  • Saturated fat: 6.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 5.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 51.3g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg
  • Iron: 1.6mg
  • Sodium: 251mg
  • Calcium: 120mg
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