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Pear Spice Upside-Down Cake

So many pears on our tree! So I googled for a pear dessert, and found this recipe for Pear Spice Upside-Down Cake that looked good - and it was! And relatively healthy, too. The freshly pureed pears makes it spongy and light, and removes the need for oil. I adapted it to make two 8-inch rounds (rather than one 9-inch) since that's what I have -- and why not round up? Make sure the pear slices on the bottom are ripe, or they can be too hard even when cooked. The pears used in the sauce/puree can (optionally) be more green. The pear sauce, ginger, and spice combination in the cake is delicious.


2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp tapioca or 1.5 T cornstarch
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cloves

4-5 large pears (Bosc)

2 cups (generous) freshly pureed pears (whip in a food processor)
3 T water
1 cup maple syrup (half for cake, half to pour over bottom pears)
1 1/2 T lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract