1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . In a bowl,
lightly mix the flour, baking
soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt until
2.Place 1/4 cup of butter into a 10-inch
springform pan, put it in the
oven, and allow to melt for a minute or two.
Sprinkle the melted butter
evenly with brown sugar. Pat the pear halves dry
with paper towels, and
cut each half into 3 slices lengthwise. Arrange
the pear slices in a
spiral pattern on top of the brown sugar. Without
disturbing the arranged
slices, spray the inside walls of the pan with
3.Beat the white sugar and 1/2 cup of butter in a
mixing bowl with an
electric mixer until creamy; beat in the egg, then
mix in the molasses.
Mix the flour mixture into the molasses mixture,
then stir in the hot
water. Pour the batter into the springform pan on
top of the pear slices.