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

Cynthia Nims
Recipe by Cooking Light November 2006

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

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

316 calories; calories from fat 30%; fat 10.7g; saturated fat 6.1g; mono fat 2.8g; poly fat 0.6g; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 51.3g; fiber 1.7g; cholesterol 77mg; iron 1.6mg; sodium 251mg; calcium 120mg.
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