Pear Upside-Down Cake

Pear Upside-Down Cake
Photo by Hirscheimer & Hamilton


  • 2 medium pears
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream or caramel gelato (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons coarse yellow cornmeal or polenta
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • + 5 more ingredients
    • ½ cup whole milk
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 15 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    • Special equipment: An 8"-diameter round cake pan with 2"-high sides

Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter pan; line bottom with a parchment-paper round. Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Stir 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high. Boil syrup without...

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