Upside Down Peach Pound Cake
I was standing on the side of the line, starving, watching the boys flipping fish and frying scallops when I noticed Noah standing next to me.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE MY ORDER, NOAH. TIM IS ALREADY MAKING ME AN AHI SANDWICH AS SOON AS HE GETS A CHANCE. Tim hears me and looks up, tongs pinching green and yellow wax beans on their way to the plate.
IT’LL ONLY BE A SECOND–JUST LET ME GET THROUGH THESE TICKETS. He squints at the pieces of paper clipped on the inside of the window and points at me with his tongs. THREE CATFISH AND A LAMB BURGER AND YOU’RE UP.
I nod and notice Noah is still at my side. He looks at me.
DID YOU MAKE THAT POUND CAKE, LAUREN?
YEAH. I feel myself getting slightly defensive. WAS IT ALRIGHT?
YEAH. IT WAS GREAT. IF WE WERE MARRIED I’D BE SO FAT.
I burst out laughing. Noah and I had never discussed marriage. In fact, we had never discussed anything.
Noah looked confused, and then worried. I kept laughing.
THAT PROBABLY SOUNDED WEIRD. I DIDN’T MEAN…I’M SORRY…I JUST MEANT IT WAS REALLY GOOD.
I KNOW WHAT YOU MEANT. THANKS.
UPSIDE DOWN PEACH POUND CAKE
I love this cake for two reasons: It is very easy to make and forgiving of less than perfect measurements and oven temperatures AND you can use any kind of stone fruit or berry on the top, making it a perfect way to use up late summer fruit. Also, since it is not too sweet, it makes a wonderful brunch treat or coffee accompaniment.
If you decide to use berries in place of stone fruit I recommend cooking 1/2 cup of the fruit with 1/4 sugar and the juice of 1/2 lemon over medium heat until the berries burst or form a light syrup. Add 1 1/2 tbs potato starch to your fruit syrup and use it to coat the bottom of your greased spring-form pan before you cover it with fresh berries. This extra step will help you un-mold the cake more easily by creating a barrier between the pan and the batter that will try and seep through the berries and stick to the pan.
FOR THE CAKE
2 sticks butter, cut into 1″ cubes, and softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs plus three large eggs yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp milk or cream
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cup sifted flour
In a standing mixer whip butter on medium speed until it is light and airy, about 3-5 minutes. Beat in sugar and whip for another 3 minutes.
Combine eggs, yolks, vanilla, lemon zest, and cream and gradually beat into creamed butter and sugar mixture.
Using a large spatula, gently fold in sifted flour, 1/2 cup at a time.
FOR THE FRUIT
Ripe end of summer bruised peaches work best because of their natural sweetness and acidity.
Pit the fruit by cutting it in half and removing the pit with the point of a knife. If your pit does not come out easily, your peaches are under ripe (or were when they were picked) and you should increase both sugar and lemon to taste to compensate for their lack of flavor. There is no need to remove the skin unless it is broken and beginning to turn. Once the skin is cooked it will be indistinguishable from the flesh except for the bright color it adds to your cake
Cut your fruit into wedges and add the juice of one lemon; 1 tbs potato starch; 1/4 cup sugar, or less, if like me you prefer a natural fruit sweetness. Toss lightly to combine.
Generously butter your 8″ spring form pan and dust with sugar. Arrange the peaches in an overlapping set of concentric circles that completely covers the bottom of the pan.
Scoop the cake batter into the pan in three places to make it easier to spread without disturbing your peaches or berries. Use wet fingers to spread the cake over the fruit so that it is completely covered. Firmly tap the cake pan against the counter to remove air pockets.
Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and run a knife around the mold. Loosen and remove. Let cool for 15 minutes, or until the cake is warm but not hot to the touch.
Place your serving plate on the cake and invert. Before removing the bottom of the pan go around the edge with a blunt knife, gently applying upward pressure and inserting your knife deeper and deeper under the pan until it comes free.