Food Friday : Individual Pear Upside-Down Cakes

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Last Sunday I felt like doing a spot of baking but I didn’t feel like going out for supplies. So I looked through my bookmarked recipes for something I could do with what I had on hand.

These were made with Emma’s recipe for Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes, from one of my favourite blogs A Beautiful Mess, except that hers were made with canned pineapple slices and maraschino cherries. As delicious as the pineapple sounded, I had none. But what I did have were some nice ripe Bartlett pears, a bit of ginger syrup I had after making this Candied Ginger recently, and fresh raspberries.

But before I go on about my version of Emma’s recipe you should really click over to see how hers turned out. They’re so cute!

Here is a summary of the modifications I made to her recipe:

. I halved the recipe because we are only two here, and six small deserts was enough for us. Her recipe divides in two perfectly.
. I Switched canned pineapple with fresh Bartlett pear, but I bet plums, peaches or apples would work well too. One pear was enough for six cakes, with a bit left over.
. I Replaced the pineapple juice with ginger syrup, however I’d think that any juice would substitute well, or even just some water with a bit of sugar.
. I popped a fresh raspberry on for decoration after the cakes were baked, rather than baking a maraschino cherry into the cake as Emma did.

Tips:
. Emma’s instructions are to butter or oil your muffin/cupcake pan, and I forgot to, so they were a bit tough to get out nicely. Next time I will butter right up the sides.
. These cakes are cooled with a heavy cutting board on them, so they have a flat surface to turn upside-down on. I put a piece of parchment paper between the cakes and the cutting board so they wouldn’t stick.
. For the extras that I had stored in the fridge for later, I gently heated in the microwave oven before serving.

Oh, and did I mention that these cakes have a bit of Whiskey in them? I’ve never baked with Whiskey before but it added such a lovely smokey-ish flavour.

And the verdict from Nick after he sampled them? To quote, ‘You can make these anytime you want’.

Here are some pictures to whet your appetite!

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They were absolutely delicious, and I will be making them again for sure. They would make a perfect finale to a dinner party.

Thanks for Emma for such a great recipe, and thanks to you for taking a look.
Happy Friday,
loulou

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