So without further ado, here is the recipe:
Caramelized Pear (or Apple) Upside-Down Cake
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups thinly sliced apples, such as Cortland, MacIntosh, or Macoun (about 3 small apples);
(alternatively, you can use 3 small ripe but still firm pears.)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (I always use the convection setting on my oven because it seems to cook more evenly.) Lightly butter the sides of a 9-inch round cake pan.
2. Combine the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small saucepan and boil 30 seconds. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the apples all over and press them down slightly to level them.
3. To make the cake, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until very smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
4. Sprinkle in the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt, and beat 10 seconds. Pour in the milk and beat just until the batter is evenly moistened, about 1 minute. Spoon teh batter over the apples and smooth the top.
5. Bake approximately 50 minutes (watch closely if using convection setting!), or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry. Run a knife along the outer edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Place a plate over the cake, then flip it over to invert the cake onto the pan. Let the cake cool completely before serving.
Best served the day it is made, but can be kept up to a day covered at room temperature.
As I noted in my previous entertaining on a budget post, it is a great dessert for guests, especially when paired with a nice cheese plate!
Have a great weekend!
(P.S. This is not an advertisement or a paid review. I've had this book for at least 5 years. I just really like it & wanted to share!)