Upside-down pear cake

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  • Serves 8 people

You may want to prepare the pears the day before.

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  • Cake
  • 150 gm caster sugar
  • 80 gm (½ cup) unblanched almonds
  • 60 gm hazelnuts, roasted and peeled
  • 60 gm dessicated coconut
  • 160 gm plain flour
  • 300 gm butter
  • 300 gm granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature, lightly whisked
  • 2 oranges (finely grated rind of)
  • To serve: sour cream or crème Anglaise
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  • Roast pears
  • 6 large under-ripe pears
  • 180 gm granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons (juice of)
  • 50 ml white wine
01   For roast pears, preheat oven to 150C. Peel pears and halve lengthways. Place cut-side down in a baking dish, sprinkle over sugar and drizzle with lemon juice and wine. Cover with foil and bake for up to 4 hours or until tender. Cool. Using a melon baller, remove cores and stem. Strain liquid through a sieve and reserve. Pears may be cooked the day before and refrigerated.
02   Place caster sugar in a small saucepan, add enough water to dampen and cook over high heat for 10 minutes or until caramel in colour. Pour caramel into a 20cm-round cake pan with high sides and swirl to coat base and sides.
03   Process nuts and coconut in a food processor until coarsely chopped, then add half the flour and process to a medium meal. Combine with remaining flour. Using an electric beater, cream butter, sugar and orange rind until fluffy and approximately 3 times its original volume, then add eggs, a little at a time, beating to incorporate each addition before adding next. Using the open palm of your hand, fold nut mixture through creamed mixture until combined.
04   Increase oven to 160C. Arrange pears, round-side down, snugly into cake pan, spoon over cake mixture, place in a baking dish and cover base with 5mm of water. Bake for 2 hours or until firm and golden. Allow cake to cool in pan. Warm base of pan over stove to melt caramel, then invert onto a plate. Serve drizzled with reserved pear liquid and sour cream or crème Anglaise.

Recipe:

PHILLIP SEARLE

Photography:

CON POULOS

Styling:

RODNEY DUNN

Drinking Suggestion:

LATE-HARVEST MUSCAT. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Sep 2007

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