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Ripe Pear Upside Down Cake

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Serves 10

A great way of using up over ripe pears to create a nostalgic pudding.

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  • 4 Over Ripe Pears (we used williams)
  • 4 oz Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1lb Self Raising Flour
  • 10 oz Light Soft Brown Sugar
  • 250ml Milk
  • 1 tsp Groung Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon


    1. Melt 4 oz of the sugar and 2 oz of the butter in a pan and pour into a 20cm (8inch) square cake tin. Peel and core the pears removing any bruised bits and place on top of the butter and sugar mixture.
    2. Preheat the oven to gas 4 (180C or 350F). In a bowl sift the flour, nutmeg and cinnamon.
    3. In a separate bowl mix the eggs with the remaining sugar. Melt the remaining butter and mix this into the egg and sugar mixture along with the milk. Pour this mix into the flour and mix well. Pour or spoon the batter over the fruit and pop into the oven for between 40-50 mins.
    4. Once cooked tun out onto a large serving plate to allow the syrup to drip over the sides of the cake.
    5. Serve warm with cream or custard or eat cold the next day with a cup of tea

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77phil's picture
20th Jan, 2017
I've read the recipe 3 times and I'm confused, peel and core the pears, I get that bit, but then what? Do you cut them in slices, dice, in quarter's, 8ths its endless, please can you explain sorry
18th Sep, 2014
Very simple to make but very heavy and stodgy. I agree with the other reviewers that it has a more bread like consistency. Quick way to use up those pears!
6th Feb, 2012
Great to find a recipe to use up over ripe fruit. My son commented 'It's nice, but tastes like bread'. The topping was a huge hit.
laydeeluffly's picture
26th Aug, 2011
I made this last week, it was lovely while warm, like Mrs Biscuit though i found it quite bread like rather than cakey
17th Jun, 2010
Took this to a friends BBQ and everyone loved it! Although they thought is was very bread like rather than a cake :)
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