Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 1 stick of butter in 9X13 baking pan or glass dish and heat in oven for about 5 minutes or until completely melted.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
Add 1 cup milk and vanilla to dry ingredients and mix well.
Pour batter on melted butter, do not stir.
Spoon pears on batter layer and drizzle with any leftover syrup. Again, do not stir.
Bake for 45 minutes, remove and let cool 15-20 minutes (if you can wait that long). Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the full experience my dad always enjoyed :).