Pear And Vanilla Upside Down Pancake
Vanilla Pears Pancakes
Last updated 6/12/2012 12:59:03 AM. Recipe ID 21926. Report a problem with this recipe.
Title: Pear and vanilla upside down pancake
Yield: 4 Servings
1 Vanilla bean, slit
1/4 c Sugar
2/3 c All purpose flour
1 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Baking soda
1/4 ts Salt
1/2 Stick unsalted butter
1/2 c Well-shaken buttermilk
2 lg Eggs
1 1/2 Firm-ripe Bosc or Bartlett
Pears (about 3/4 pound)
1 tb Fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrape vanilla seeds form pod into a
small bowl and add sugar. Rub sugar and seeds together to unclump
Into a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt,
and 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar. In a well seasoned 10-inch cast iron
skillet melt butter over moderately low heat and remove from heat. In
a bowl whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and 1 tablespoon melted
butter, leaving remaining butter in skillet, and whisk into flour
mixture until just combined. Let batter stand 15 minutes.
Peel and core pears and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick wedges. Add
pears to remaining vanilla sugar with lemon juice, tossing to coat.
Arrange pears decoratively in butter remaining in skillet. Sprinkle
any remaining sugar mixture over pears and cook over moderate heat
until barely tender and sugar begins to caramelize, about 8 minutes.
Pour batter evenly over pears and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes.
Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake 15 minutes more, or until
top is golden and center is firm to the touch.
Immediately run a thin knife around edge of skillet. Invert a plate
over skillet and invert cake onto plate (keeping plate and skillet
firmly pressed together). Carefully lift skillet off cake and replace
any fruit that is stuck to bottom of skillet. Serve pancake with
Yield: 2 servings
Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine
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