Prepare this simple yet sophisticated dessert for a fall dinner party, or for no particular occasion at all. Be sure to buy small pears that are ripe but still firm enough to hold their shape during baking, as they are fanned out on the bottom of the pan (and will eventually be on top). The batter is mixed in a blender, as is the caramel (unless you prefer to use a saucepan). During baking, the caramel will thicken and form a delectable layer with the pears.
- 8 pears (small ripe, sliced)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 150 grams sugar
- 200 milliliters milk
- 150 grams butter (or margarine)
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup caramel
- 150 milliliters water
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease a round, shallow pan with a small amount of butter and sprinkle with sugar.
- Line the bottom of the pan with the sliced pears and set aside.
- In the blender cup, add the flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, butter and eggs. Beat for 30 seconds on medium (speed 4) until smooth.
- Pour the batter over the sliced pears.
- Rinse the blender cup, add the brown sugar, caramel and water and blend for 4 minutes on low (speed 2) at 212°F (or, in a saucepan, bring the ingredients to a boil over medium heat).
- Carefully pour the caramel sauce over the cake batter. (Note: It may look like there is too much liquid, do not worry. The cake will set up while baking).
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Check the cake and remove from the oven.
- Turn out onto a deep plate or pie pan to catch the caramel sauce.