If you’re looking for a festive Fall dessert that combines some of the best flavors of the season, look no further than this skillet pear gingerbread cake. The warm pears, perfectly spiced cake and crunchy caramelized edges will satisfy all your sweet and sticky dessert cravings and leave you dreaming of cold, crisp Autumn days.

Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup gently packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup hot, freshly brewed strong coffee (regular or decaffeinated) or boiling water
  • Topping:
  • 4 firm-ripe pears (about 2 pounds), peeled and cored
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup gently packed light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Equipment

  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • 10 or 11-inch cast-iron skillet
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F, with a rack in the lower third. Oil a 10- or 11-inch cast-iron skillet with vegetable oil.
  • To make the cake, stir together the flour, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the oil, brown sugar, molasses, yogurt, ginger, applesauce and egg in a large bowl until well blended and smooth. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in half of the flour mixture. Stir the baking soda into the hot coffee until dissolved, then add to the batter and stir until combined. Stir in the remaining flour.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared skillet and spread evenly.
  • Cut the pears lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange the longer slices on the batter in a circle at the edge of the pan, overlapping them slightly and with the narrow ends pointing toward the center. Arrange the shortest slices in a second circle in the center to cover the batter completely.
  • Dot the pear slices with the butter along the outer circle only. Mix together the brown sugar and salt and sprinkle evenly over the top.
  • Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean and top of cake springs back when pressed lightly.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes, then serve warm or at room temperature. Cut into wedges and top with whipped cream if desired.
Angela Nightingale

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