I had to start thinking of a way to use up the excess peaches. And so I went off to Google in search of a good recipe to use for our upcoming 4th of July dinner at my brother-in-law's house. As soon as I landed on this recipe by one of my favorite cooks, Alton Brown, I knew he wouldn't disappoint me. But since I was feeding a larger group and also didn't have the time to prep and bake this dessert at my brother-in-law's house I tweaked the recipe a bit to allow for making larger cakes.
This came out perfectly! And the addition of vanilla bean ice cream took this dessert over the edge. And remember I'm the one who isn't so crazy about peaches! I even ate a piece for breakfast the next day! I'll definitely be trying this with apples the next time I attempt it.
Source: Alton Brown
Peach Upside-Down Cake
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3 medium peaches, peeled
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Ice cream for serving, optional
Divide 4 tablespoons of the butter between 2 8 inch pans. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and set aside. Evenly divide the brown sugar between the pans; sprinkling it on the bottoms. Cut each peach into 12 to 14 pieces. Lay the peaches on top of the sugar; evenly dividing them between the dishes and sprinkle with the cinnamon. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the sugar, buttermilk, vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until combine. Pour the batter over the peaches; dividing the mixture evenly between the two pans. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer and is slightly golden brown on top.
Remove from the oven to a rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each pan and turn upside down onto a serving plate. Repeat with each cake. Serve immediately with ice cream if desired.
Serves 12 | 6 WW+ Points