Bitter Ale Beer Upside-down Apple Gingerbread

Serves 12

¼ cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
2 pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled and thinly sliced (about 4 large apples)
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup Bitter Ale Beer, divided
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons ground ginger
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ cup canola oil
¾ cup molasses
2 large eggs

Line 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with nonstick foil, pressing foil along bottom and sides of pan.

In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add apples; sauté 8 minutes, tossing several times, until apples are slightly brown and almost tender. Add ¼ cup sugar; sauté 1 minute, tossing, until apples are glazed. Add ¼ cup Bitter Ale Beer to the skillet; cook 3- 4 minutes longer until beer is almost evaporated. Spread apples evenly in prepared pan, to cover bottom of pan.

Preheat oven to 350º F. In large bowl, whisk together remaining ¾ cup sugar, flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Combine until well blended. In small saucepan, heat remaining ¾ cup Bitter Ale Beer until boiling; add to flour mixture. Stir in canola oil, molasses and eggs. Whisk until batter is smooth and heavy.

Pour batter over apples, spreading to cover to edges. Bake 40 minutes, until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 30 minutes, or until just warm. Invert cake onto cutting board; carefully peel off foil. Cut into 12 squares. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition Information, Per Serving:
420 calories; 19 g fat; 3.5 g saturated fat; 60 g carbohydrate

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