Thursday, August 23, 2007

Autumn Pear Pudding Cake

4 medium pears or apples -- peeled,cored,sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup butter -- softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup hot tap water

There are two parts to this recipe, the cake and the topping.

To make the cake: Lightly grease an 8-inch square or 9-inch round pan, place this pan onto a baking sheet to catch drips.

Place the fruit in the pan, and sprinkle it with the lemon juice.

In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, baking powder, spice, and salt until smooth.

Beat in the egg, then add the flour alternately with the milk (1/2 cup flour, the milk, remaining 1/2 cup flour), beating well after each addition.

Spoon the batter over the fruit in the pan, spreading it to mostly cover.

To make the topping: Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and spice.

Sprinkle this mixture over the batter, then carefully pour the hot water over the whole thing.

Bake the cake in a preheated 375°F oven for about 60 minutes, until it’s nicely browned on the top.

Remove it from the oven, and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Makes about 8 servings and is also delicious at room temperature.


JANET said...

Looks like I gotta go find some pears! This sounds superb.

Erika said...

Janet, this is my new favorite. I love pudding cake- but this one is so full of flavor! I've been eating leftover scoops of the cake for two days now and it's STILL delicious- cold out of the pan. (I think I need another nibble.)