Okay, I know I said that I don’t bake– not to any large extent, but I ran into a friend at the copy store and she was copying this recipe for friends and I demanded one. I have a thing for pears. And if ever there was a need in the English language for OMG…this might just be its landing place. You will love yourself for making it. You will love the bubbling brown sugar and butter. You will love the pear juice on your fingers as you arrange them in a cast iron pan. You will love that maybe your great grandmother made the same cake because those women were savvy with a cast iron pan. Sip some pear brandy with it. And…OMG.
Golden Pear Cake
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
Melt butter in 9-inch cast-iron or oven proof skillet. Stir in brown sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is melted and bubbly. Cool.
3 or 4 pears, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
Arrange pear slices in skillet
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Combine dry ingredients in small bowl.
1/2 cup softened butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk
Beat butter and sugar until combined. Beat in vanilla and eggs (one at a time). Stir in dry ingredients with milk until just combined, alternating between milk and dry ingredients. Spoon batter over pears.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool 5 minutes
Loosen cake from pan. Invert onto serving plate.
Enjoy warm or cold!