Upside-down pear pudding variations:
*You could use 6 canned pear halves in natural juice, well drained, instead of fresh pears, and substitute maple syrup for the golden syrup.
*Try an upside-down pineapple and blueberry pudding, replacing the pears and blackberries with 4 canned pineapple rings in natural juice, well drained, and 170 g fresh blueberries.
*Or make an upside-down ginger and plum pudding. Instead of pears and blackberries, arrange 6 halved plums in the base of the pan. For the sponge mixture, use 2⁄3 cup each of white and whole-wheat self-raising flour. Omit the orange rind and add 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground ginger and 3–4 pieces preserved ginger in syrup, finely chopped.
Per serving: 417 calories, 6 g protein, 19 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 72 mg cholesterol, 58 g total carbohydrate, 33 g sugars, 4 g fibre, 339 mg sodium
Golden syrup is a residual syrup from sugar milling. It is made up of the sugars sucrose, glucose and fructose, but because it contains more water and less sucrose than table sugar, it is not as sweet.