Archive for September, 2011

September 13, 2011

Bottoms Up To The Peach!

It has been yet another stunning stone fruit season and like every year, the September winds come along and blow it all away. In order to pay homage to these ornate orange orbs, I decided to make a Peach Dream Upside down cake. At first I was going to show my appreciation in a pie, but thought they deserved something with a bit more panache, they really were remarkably luscious.

I mean look how proud all those succulent slices shine on top! Marvelous.

Peach Upside Down Cake

Seeing that this was going to be such a fanciful feast, I decided to pair this cake with a rather stylish Stella Artois. An appropriate choice for a special occasion: The Peachy Keen Queen’s Last Hurrah!

This cake was moist, full of flavor, and perfectly peachy.

Peach Slice

Peachy Keen Dream Upside Down Cake

For the Cake:

1 Stick Softened Butter

3/4 Cup Sugar

2 Jumbo Eggs

1 Tsp. Almond Extract (you could use vanilla if you don’t have the almond)

1 1/2 Cup Flour

1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 Tsp. Salt

2 Tbsp. Milk

Zest of half a medium sized orange

Dash of Cinnamon

Pinch of Nutmeg

For the Peach topping:

3 Ripe Peaches (pealed and sliced)

4 Tbsp. Butter

3 Tsp. Dark Brown Sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare and set aside an 8″ cake pan with butter and flour (or cooking spray).

First, the batter for the cake will be made. In a medium sized bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Slowly add the eggs one at a time, then beat in the almond extract. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, zest, and spices. With your mixer on low, add half the dry mix, add the milk and then finish with the last bit of dry mix. Set aside.

Next, prepare the peach topping. In a small saucepan melt together the butter and brown sugar on low heat. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Add the Peaches, fanning them around the pan (just imagine how you want it to look on top of your cake). Then add the cake batter.

Bake for 50 minutes or until golden. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Then the best, exciting part! Take a plate and place it over the pan, flip, and reveal!

Enjoy!

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September 7, 2011

Sometimes It Just Happens

Full Fridge

Especially if you live in a supposed “Hurricane Zone” and they expected you to batten down the hatches and be cooped up in your apartment for days with no contact to the outside world!

Well, Irene really made a fool of us this time! She just breezed right on by Brooklyn and left fridges full of beer!

Can’t blame a girl for tryin’. Cheers Irene!

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