Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, combine the 1/3 cup brown sugar, the 2 tablespoons butter, and the 1 tablespoon water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to boiling. Pour mixture into a 9x9x2-inch baking pan, spreading to cover bottom. Arrange pear slices in a decorative pattern on top of brown sugar mixture; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and cloves; set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/3 cup brown sugar; beat until combined. Beat in eggs and molasses until combined.
- Alternately add flour mixture and the 3/4 cup water to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Pour batter evenly over pear slices in pan, being careful not to disturb pear.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Using a sharp knife or narrow metal spatula, loosen edges of cake from sides of baking pan. Carefully invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm. If desired, top each serving with sweetened whipped cream. Makes 9 servings.