Thursday, August 28, 2008

August 2008 Martha | Peach & Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

This month's August edition of Martha Stewart Living was a little skimpy, only totaling 176 pages. I appreciated the tour of several cities across the America that were highlighted throughout the magazine, but in all honesty it didn't offer too much in the way of practical, or even unrealistic domestic advice. Anyway, I settled on another recipe and made due.

I chose the Peach and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake for a few reasons. Number one: I have a large cast iron skillet that's been begging me for some quality oven time. Number two: it called for fresh lavender, something which I know little to nothing about cooking or dealing with. Number three: I have a slight aversion to peaches that I can't quite explain, but that I'd like to be rid of. With much trepidation, I set out to conquer my lavender and peach fears.

VoilĂ ! I think it turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself. It did have a rather cornbreadish taste/texture to it though, so I'd use the word "cake" in the recipe title lightly. I half felt like I should have been serving this dessert to a gang of hungry cowboys. TK and Andrew (our guest) asserted, however, that they both had spent the day in hard work and were just as deserving as famished ranchers.

8 comments:

Melissa said...

I don't know if there's a way to get away from the texture issue, what with cornmeal being a main ingredient. Maybe if there was a peach-and-lavender simple syrup that you drizzled over the top right after cooking, to absorb into the meal? Hmmm.

affectioknit said...

That looks beautiful - but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like cornmeal in a cake.

Amylouwho said...

Martha has a penchant for using cornmeal in things - I made some corn blueberry muffins that were not all they promised to be. I love peaches and cornbread - it would be interesting to try them together.

Jessica said...

Ok-my mind is made! I was deciding between the upside down cake or brownies for Labor day and I think I might make this. Your upside-down cake looks so yummy!

Jefferson said...

Yum...I wonder if such a dessert might be available for the hungry half marathoners that will be staying at your home after the race on the 14th? We will likely be as hungry as those cowboys.

Amy and Andrew said...

Talk about a beautiful cake! And oh so tasty. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Amy said...

That looks wonderful. I may have to give it a try. You've inspired me - thanks.

Melissa Ansley said...

The food on your blog always looks so delicious! So, I randomly picked up a pound of Brazilian coffee tonight (it's mild), but I can get another kind next week if you'd like. Just let me know!