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Upside-Down Gingerbread-Pear Torte

Perfect for the holidays, this cake marries the spicy flavors of gingerbread with the sweetness of pears.


1 box gingerbread mix
2 Markon First Crop D’Anjou Pears, sliced into 1/2-inch thick wedges
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon


Prepare gingerbread batter as directed; set aside.
In small sauce pot, bring brown sugar and corn syrup to a simmer. Add pears and remove from heat. Pour sugar mixture into the bottom of a buttered 9” round baking pan. Fan the pears around pan as shown in the picture. Pour gingerbread mix over sugar/pear mixture and bake as directed on the box. Remove from oven once the cake is cooked thoroughly, and let cool.
NOTE: Do not remove cake from pan until it has cooled completely.
Sugar mixture needs to harden for correct presentation.


1 bunch Markon First Crop Asparagus, steamed

1/4 C Markon First Crop Basil

2 T Markon First Crop Chervil

2 T C Ready-Set-Serve Lemon Juice

2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

16 large shrimp, cleaned and threaded onto skewers to prevent curling

1 tsp. kosher salt

Olive oil + 2 cloves Ready-Set-Serve Peeled Garlic, for poaching

Edible petals and micro greens for garnish


Slice tips off asparagus and reserve. Add basil, chervil, one cup steamed asparagus stalks, lemon juice, zest, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper flakes, and oil to a food processor and blend until chunky.

Heat oil and garlic until just bubbling. Add shrimp skewers so that shrimp is fully submerged. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until shrimp is opaque and cooked through. When shrimp are almost cooked, add asparagus tips. Remove all with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack.

To plate, arrange tips in a decorative manner. Place shrimp next to asparagus and ladle sauce on top of each one. Garnish with edible petals and micro greens.