Upside-Down Pear Pancake Recipe
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Upside-Down Pear Pancake Recipe

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There’s a pear tree in my yard that inspires me to bake with its fragrant fruit. My upside-down pancake works best with a firm pear, not fully ripe. —Helen Nelander, Boulder Creek, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 medium pear, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1/2 pancake: 274 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 197mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and milk until blended. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small ovenproof skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Sprinkle with sugar. Add pear slices in a single layer; cook 5 minutes. Spread prepared batter over pears. Cover and cook until top is set, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer pan to oven; bake until edges are lightly brown, 8-10 minutes. Invert onto a serving plate. Top with confectioners’ sugar. Serve warm. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Upside-Down Pear Pancake in Taste of Home September/October 2016, p84

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ebramkamp User ID: 702841 254664
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"My husband and I love pears but pancakes can be a bit heavy at times. These are light and delicious. This is such a flavorful recipe yet so easy to make. It looks elegant-as if you spent hours prepping and cooking. I will definitely make these again-and again. A definite recipe keeper."

ReneeC___NCalif User ID: 106192 253316
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

"Easy peasy, yet you'll be the only one to know. I'm not crazy about big breakfasts and this is light and yet enough to satisfy. My husband used syrup on the side, I prefer the dusting of powdered sugar.

I've made this twice now, the first time I had pears on hand and we loved it. Unfortunately the second time I did not so I substituted a thinly sliced golden delicious apple and it turned just as tasty.
We have both voted this 'a keeper'!"

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 253312
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

"What an outstanding recipe! My husband and I enjoyed this for our brunch this morning with some of our homegrown pears. An easy recipe to prepare and one I'll be making again and again!"

cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 252980
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2016

"Delicious! Full of flavor and very light on the tummy! This was perfect for our Sunday brunch! I may have cooked it a little long, as mine was more caramelized than the magazine's picture, but I don't think it detracted a bit from the flavor. It's super easy and done in less than 30 minutes. A definite hit that will be making repeat performances in my house!"

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