Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Peach Upside-Down Cake

This is probably my very favorite summer dessert—fresh peaches are a must! I first made it last year and never posted the recipe. Because of the abundance of peaches this summer, it has made a regular appearance in our kitchen. The original recipe is from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, which I’ve tinkered with a bit. If you don’t have fresh peaches, plums and nectarines also work well. The addition of cardamom is very subtle but adds a delicious warmth. Allspice is a good substitute.
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, divided
4 peaches, peeled, pitted, and cut into thin slices
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/2 cup milk

1. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Stir in 3/4 cup brown sugar until smooth. Arrange peaches in concentric circles in the butter mixture.
2. Beat 1/4 cup butter and remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar with a mixer until fluffy. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add in vanilla. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; slowly beat in to butter mixture, alternating with milk, until combined. Spread batter over top of peaches.
3. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until done. Allow to cool in pan 10 minutes; using oven mitts, carefully place a plate over top of skillet, and flip skillet over so the cake is released. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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