Upside Down Pear Gingerbread
2 15 ounce cans pears in 100% pear juice
1 1/4 cup sorghum flour
1 1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground ginger powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 cup warmed pear juice from the canned pears
1/2 cup coconut sugar or regular sugar
1 cup date molasses or regular molasses
1/2 cup vegan soy free butter
2 beaten eggs
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Grease the bottom of a glass pan. You can use vegan butter or shortening or a plant based oil of your choosing. You can use a 9 x 9 x 2 square pan or an 11 x 8 x 2 rectangular pan. Which type of pan you choose will slightly affect the baking time and how thick your gingerbread is.
3. Drain the pears from their cans, reserving the liquid for use as part of the wet ingredients.
4. Slice the pear halves into thin strips and arrange them on the bottom of your chosen pan. They will need to overlap with one another to create a nice thick layer of pears.
5. Whisk together the sorghum flour, cornstarch, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
6. Warm a cup of the leftover pear juice in the microwave until the juice is boiling. Microwaves may vary, but mine usually just needs about 45 seconds to a minute.
7. To the boiling pear juice add the sugar, molasses, and butter. Stir until everything is dissolved and well combined.
8. Mix together the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients with the beaten eggs, just until everything is combined and the dry ingredients are wet.
9. Carefully spread the gingerbread batter evenly over the pears and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Depending on which size pan you use and whether it’s a glass pan or aluminum will affect the baking time, so set your time for 30 minutes and check from there. I make mine in an 11 x 8 x 2 glass pan which takes about 40 minutes. A 9 x 9 x 2 will probably take closer to 50 minutes. Aluminum pans may cook more quickly.
10. When the gingerbread is done, you can serve it as is, which is what I did for my in-laws and cut out pieces with the pears on the bottom, or if you want to do what I did for a party I hosted last week, you can carefully turn the pan onto a platter and serve the cake with the pear-side up which is very pretty.