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It was in the 60s the last couple of days and I just had to get out. I went for a run and discovered the most amazing thing… Blooming crocuses and daffodils. The gorgeous flowers were such a bright spot. No matter how crummy my day is, flowers will always bring it back to a happy place. I am a little scared for them though. I just know a cold snap will come and they will die. If only real spring was closer.

Million Park is a great place to run, especially with this little field.

Mr. Honeybee is out to play…

Speaking of beautiful things, today’s recipe is a cake Rufus posted late last year and I have been longing for it ever since. Since pears are on sale this week at the grocery, I decided to make this cake (with a few minor variations). Boy was I glad I did. It was a snap to make and the presentation is lovely…

Pear Upside-Down Cake

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs, plus one egg yolk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup sorghum
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of cinnamon sugar

In a small bowl, toss pears with 1/4 cup sorghum, 1 tbsp lemon juice and cinnamon sugar. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter on medium high until light and creamy about a minute. Add in salt and brown sugar. Beat on medium high to incorporate. Beat in eggs one at a time, ending with the yolk and then the lemon juice. (Another minute or so.) Reduce the mixer speed and beat in flour and spices until incorporated. Line the bottom of a springform pan with parchment. Butter the sides of the pan and the parchment. Using a slotted spoon to drain off most of the excess juice, arrange pears on the bottom of the pan overlapping slightly in a circular pattern. Drop batter on top and smooth with a rubber spatula. It will be thick. Cook for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.