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Hellos + End of Summer Cake

8.13.2012

Well hello, and happy... mid August?  Summer is winding down already and I've been basically terrible about following up on my commitment to post my personal projects along the way.  It's interesting how quickly I fell out of the habit of blogging regularly... my extra time was almost instantly eaten up by other things and I can't exactly say how I was managing to keep up with it for so long.  Major credit must again be given to all of you who find a way to keep the balance. 

I have been stockpiling a few things for you though, including some of my recent baking projects.  Before summer and peach season are over, you must add this peach upside down cake to your to-do list.  I discovered it via pinterest and gave it my own twist by layering the fruit in a spiral round. It's  not the world's most attractive cake, but I assure you what it lacks in visual appeal it more than makes up for in taste. I mean, we're talking caramelized fresh peaches here... I made this on July 4th and it was polished off in about 10 minutes flat.

I hope you all enjoy the final days of your summer... I'm winding down with a family beach weekend this month, but I'll be back soon with more good things this fall.

photo © cake. 2012

 Peach Upside Down Cake
adapted from midwest living

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2-2 cups sliced, pitted and peeled peaches

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup milk

Directions
Place 1/4 cup butter in an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Warm in a 350 degrees F oven about 5 minutes or until butter is melted. (Be sure to watch carefully to avoid overbrowning the butter). Remove pan from oven. Add brown sugar, stirring until sugar is completely moistened. Spread sugar mixture evenly in pan. Arrange peach slices evenly over brown sugar mixture. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in granulated sugar until well combined. Add egg and vanilla, beating until combined. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to beaten butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spread batter evenly over the peaches in the pan.


Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan; invert onto a large serving plate. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes more. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

Holly {CookClickDanceBaby} (August 13, 2012 at 5:09 AM)  

It looks beautiful to me! Can't wait to try the recipe!

Bellenza Bistro (August 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM)  

Normally do this with pineapple. But this peach version looks soooo delicious!

twilight jewellery (August 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM)  

Summer is passed by and we will miss a lot of stuff that we did last summer. The most of the thing that we miss are the foods that we can only eat during summer like fruits.

Buttercream Bakehouse (August 24, 2012 at 4:38 AM)  

You have read my mind. I have been craving peaches. Looks divine.

Anonymous –  (January 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM)  

Just put it in the oven! I doubled the recipe and it was a little thick so i just added in some peach juice... really excited to see how it turns out!"

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