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Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread Recipe

Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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 pear slices over pecan mixture, overlapping slightly.
  • 2. 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.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.