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Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread

 Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread
I prefer to bake from scratch, but this Christmasy cake mix recipe is a favorite. For a change of pace, use apples and walnuts in place of the pears and pecans.—Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
9 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) gingerbread cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix pecans, brown sugar,
  • corn syrup and butter. Pour into a greased 8-in.-square baking pan.
  • Arrange pears slices over pecan mixture, overlapping slightly.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions, folding ginger into
  • batter. Pour over pears. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick
  • inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool 10 minutes
  • before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm. Yield: 9
  • servings.