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Pear Tatin Pancake



Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

Warm the oil in a 22 cm (81⁄2 inch) ovenproof frying pan over medium heat and swirl the pan so the oil coats the base. Remove from the heat.

Peel the pears, cut them lengthways into quarters and remove the cores. Cut each pear quarter into two or three slices, depending on the size of the pears. Arrange the pears around the base of the pan in a flower-like arrangement. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, including the sugar, if using instead of maple syrup.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla seeds or vanilla extract, and the maple syrup, if using.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture.

Starting from the centre, whisk the wet mixture into the dry, until just combined. Set aside to rest for 10 minutes.           

Evenly pour the batter into the pan over the pears, then place over medium heat for 2 minutes, or until the batter is starting to sizzle and bubble.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the cake is golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set and set aside for 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat the caramel sauce until warm.

Using a silicon spatula or something similar, gently check to see if the cake will easily come away from the pan. If it doesn’t, you will gently need to lift around the base of the pan with the spatula to help release it.

Place a serving platter upside down on top of the pan, in the centre, then carefully invert the cake onto the platter.

Drizzle with the caramel sauce to serve. I like to serve the pear tatin warm, but it is also good cold.                

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