Preheat the oven to 400°f.
Smear a round cake pan with:
And sprinkle the pan with:
Breadcrumbs, finely chopped nuts, or sugar
In a mixing bowl, combine:
¼ cup milk
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
Mix well and add:
1½ cups flour
Mix well again to make a fairly stiff batter.
Gently mix in:
4 pears, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced
Pour the pear batter into the prepared cake pan.
Dot the top of the batter with:
1½ tablespoons salted butter, cold, thinly sliced
Bake for 45–50 minutes; the top should be golden brown.
Let the cake rest for 10 minutes and transfer to a serving plate.
Serve warm or at room temperature with:
Fresh whipped cream
Dried cranberries, slivered