Upside Down Pudding

Microwave Recipes, Making A Pudding With Pears

Well liked in our family for a generation but the ability to create upside down pear pudding in the microwave was a relatively new innovation. I haven't made this pudding in the microwave myself but I've tasted the result and they can be every bit as good as an oven baked dessert.

There are a growing number of microwave dessert recipes although most of the popular upside down cakes and puddings are still made in the oven. The cooking oral tradition tells us that the concept of the upside down pudding came to us by accident and originated in France. The concept is pretty simple, you place the ingredients you want to appear on top of the pudding at the bottom of the cooking pan. If you have an artistic bent you can arrange the ingredients into a specific pattern before covering. One of the most well known upside down puddings is called Tarte Tatin which uses caramelised apples.

We feature a number of other dessert recipes in our Directory but we welcome suggestions of new and exciting puddings for inclusion in our Kentish cooking guide.

Microwave ovens are not only for warming ready cooked meals, or defrosting food straight from the freezer. They can also be used to save time and money preparing a range of fresh foods. This recipe is just one example of what can be achieved with a microwave and a little imagination. There is one golden rules for cooking with a microwave; never cook or warm food in metal containers or on metal plates.

Upside Down Pear Pudding Preparation Time - 10 Minutes
Cooking Time - 50 Minutes

Upsidedown Pear Pudding

By Patricia


30g butter
30g brown sugar
400g tinned pears
30g chopped nuts(optional)

Sponge base

55g butter
55g caster sugar
40g self raising flour
15g cocoa
tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 tbl water

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Put the sugar and butter in an 7in/18cm cake dish (microwaveable) into the microwave oven on high for 1 min.
  2. Remove from the microwave and stir the butter and sugar together.
  3. Place the pears in the dish and sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  4. Mix all the sponge ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth, for at least 2 minutes.
  5. Spread the pears and the nuts over the dish, then cook in the microwave for 6mins on high.
  6. Stand for two 2 minutes, turn out and serve.

Note: as with all recipes cooked in the microwave the standing time is very important because the food is still cooking when it comes out of the oven.

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