This might be antithetical to the spirit of this blog, but I will confess that my mom and I are always looking for showy desserts that aren't too much work to make. This one was a winner--Pear and Gingerbread cake from Canadian Living magazine--basically butter and sugar creamed together, all the spices you would put in a gingerbread cookie (ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg) and some hot water to dissolve them, and of course, flour. Then some pears artfully arranged on top. All in all it took less than half an hour to get into the oven, and the result was a nicely spiced gingerbread dough and a moistish cake that meant that even those who don't enjoy the brittleness of some gingerbread could enjoy this treat. The sweetness of the pears was lovely with the spiciness of the gingerbread. We served it with whipped cream. It helps with the presentation if you have a nice cake stand--even the easiest dessert looks impressive on a cake stand. I may make this again for my reading group. An added bonus is that it keeps well.