Peach Upside-Down Cake

This cake is a perfect summer dessert! I haven’t turned on my oven very much, but the weather is finally cooling off a bit, so I can turn on my oven and not feel as guilty (or as warm!)

Paul made us dinner last night, and we invited some dear friends over. When we went to Jamaica, we tried authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken and fell in love. It’s delicious! Spicy, slightly charred, moist, jerk chicken is totally worth it. Well, being the chef he is, Paul found some Jerk spice to bring home and try to replicate that authentic Jamaican flavour. Well, friends, let me tell you, he succeeded!

It was Paul’s first time using the spices, so it was a bit of an experiment, but apparently there is a method to making great jerk chicken. We actually asked around when in Jamaica about how to make our own jerk chicken at home, and they gave us an answer. Paul marinated the chicken for about 24 hours (the first step to great chicken!), then he started it in the oven in a jerk liquid (not part of the original cooking method, but he wanted to make sure the chicken was moist), then finished the chicken on the BBQ. The Jamaican natives said to cook the chicken over a wood-fired barbecue, but as we have an absence of mango wood in Canada (the preferred wood to make jerk chicken), he just went with the barbecue.

Like I said, it worked! Those flavours really brought me back to Jamaica, and it was incredible. He whipped up some Cajun-spiced rice, and some veggies, and oh boy did we ever have our own little feast. Now, in my mind, a “feast” or dinner party of any kind is not complete without dessert. I had went to the Farmer’s Market and found some delicious fresh peaches and wanted to use some in a dessert.

I took to Pinterest (like I said, addicted!) and found this recipe for a Peach Upside-Down Cake. It was super simple to whip up, and didn’t take very long at all. It requires pantry staples, so the only thing you might have to go out of your way to get are peaches, and this cake works well with fresh or frozen peaches. That means if you don’t have access to fresh B.C. grown peaches like I do, you can still make this delicious concoction with the frozen variety and it works just as well.

Okay, okay. I’ve been blathering on for long enough. We want cake!

Ingredients

Yield: 1 8-9 inch cake (depending on pan used)

¼ c. butter
½ c. brown sugar
1½ – 2 c. fresh or frozen peaches, sliced thinly (for fresh peaches, pit and peel the peaches before slicing)
1¼ c. flour
1¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ c. butter, softened
¾ c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. milk

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In an 8 x 8 square baking pan or a round 9 inch cake pan (I used the round cake pan), place the first measurement of butter. Place pan in oven and let butter melt, watching carefully so it doesn’t brown.

Once butter is melted, add in the brown sugar and mix with a spatula until all brown sugar is moistened and evenly spread across the bottom of the pan. Place peach slices in the brown sugar mixture, placing evenly. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the second measurement of butter and the sugar. Beat to combine until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla, and beat again.

Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the butter mixture, beating after each addition until just combined. Spread batter evenly over peaches in the prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack in pan for about 5 minutes, then invert onto serving tray. Cool for 10-15 minutes more. Serve warm.

Bread Machine White Bread

When you want fresh bread, but you don’t want to turn on the oven, a breadmaker is the perfect solution. It only heats up around the bread, so the heat doesn’t seep into your kitchen. Perfect! I was able to make this bread in 30+ weather and my house kept as cool as it can.

After the bread was finished, we made awesome BLT’s with the homemade bread. When bread takes you five minutes to prepare (and in prepare, I mean dump everything into the breadmaker), what’s not to love! You even end up with fresh bread, which is amazing, and that fresh bread smell, which is phenomenal!

I found the original recipe here, and the first time I made this bread it rose so much it hit the top of the breadmaker. The second time I made it, I completely forgot to blog about it! In the comments of the original recipe, someone cut the recipe to make a perfectly sized 1.5 lb loaf. These are the measurements that I’ve listed below.

Ingredients

Yield: 1- 1.5 lb loaf

1 c. water
1½ tsp. salt
¼ c. olive oil
3 c. flour
2¼ tsp. yeast
2 tbsp. sugar

Combine ingredients in the order specified by your breadmaker. Set to 1.5 lb loaf, and doneness level for crust, and turn breadmaker to white bread setting.

My breadmaker is a Black & Decker, and it says to put wet ingredients in first, and flour and yeast after. I put in the water, salt and olive oil first. After, I added the flour, put the sugar in a corner, and made a small well for the yeast, then turned it on.

Let the bread mix, and bake, then enjoy!