Here's what we did to make our upside-down cake, modified from the original version in yesterday's post to make it Troubadour-friendly.
Peach and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake
adapted from Martha Stewart Living, August 2008
- 5 1/2 oz. (1 stick plus 3 tbsp.) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup erythritol* sugar substitute
- 1/2 cup Splenda granular, divided
- 4 medium ripe peaches, skins on, pitted, and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
- 1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
- 3/4 cup Carbalose flour**
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried lavender
- 1 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt 3 tbsp. butter in a 12-inch skillet (ours was stainless steel, works as well as cast iron) over medium heat, using a pastry brush to coat sides with butter as it melts. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Splenda evenly over bottom of skillet, and cook until Splenda starts to form a crunchy skin (will not caramelize), about 3 minutes. Arrange peaches in a circle at edge of skillet, on top of Splenda. Arrange the remaining wedges in the center to fill. Reduce heat to low, and cook until juices are bubbling and peaches begin to soften, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Whisk cornmeal, Carbalose, baking powder, lavender, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat remaining stick of butter and erythritol with a mixer on high speed, until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl. Mix in remaining 1/4 cup Splenda, vanilla and cream. Reduce speed to low, and beat in cornmeal mixture in two additions.
3. Drop large spoonfuls of batter over peaches, and spread evenly using an offset spatula. Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Transfer skillet to a wire rack, and let stand for 10 minutes. Run a knife or spatula around edge of cake. Quickly invert cake onto a cutting board. Tap bottom of skillet to release peaches, and carefully remove skillet. Reposition peach slices on top of cake as needed. Let cool slightly before serving.
* This creams WAY better than Splenda but lacks sweetness, hence the use of both in our substitutions.
** When using Carbalose, a general rule of thumb is to lower baking temperature by 25 degrees, double the rising agent, and increase baking time by at least 5 minutes (can be more, depending on the oven and the recipe). All adjustments have already been made here.