Pear and ginger upside-down cake

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    I had some freshly picked pears to use up so I used them into this not-too-sweet, wholemeal upside-down cake. The chickpea (gram) flour adds a really nice nutty note, but if you can't find it, you can use wholemeal flour.

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    Serves: 10 

    • Base
    • 50g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    • 55g dark brown sugar
    • 3 pears - peeled, cored and sliced
    • Cake
    • 210g chickpea flour or wholemeal flour
    • 125g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, or to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 120g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 110g dark brown sugar
    • 4 tablespoon grapeseed oil
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 240ml milk

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 23cm cake tin with 5cm sides and line the bottom with a circle of baking parchment.
    2. Add butter pieces to the tin. Place in the preheating oven until melted. Sprinkle brown sugar on top. Arrange sliced pears in a circular pattern over the butter and brown sugar. Set aside.
    3. Whisk chickpea flour, plain flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, salt and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.
    4. Combine butter, brown sugar, oil and honey in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat for 1 minute. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk; beat briefly after each addition.
    5. Pour cake mixture carefully over the pears. Smooth the top.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cake for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and peel off paper. Allow to cool completely.

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