Friday, August 17, 2012
INDIVIDUAL GINGER-PEACH UPSIDE-DOWN CAKES
I never was one for gooey sweet pineapple upside-down cake, which is why I resisted making peach upside-down cake. So I tried this recipe, from Alton Brown on Food Network, and I must say I have been missing out all these years. Alton uses candied ginger to flavor the peaches, and it really is a perfect complement. Chopped fine, the ginger is hardly noticeable, yet the subtle lift turns the peaches into something very special.
This is a sweet dessert, but not uber-sweet like pineapple upside-down cake usually is, and it's perfect for a small dinner party. You can top it off with ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or creme fraiche. I chose to very lightly sweeten some non-fat Greek yogurt and, for me, it was perfect.
Alton's recipe calls for about 3 Tbsp. candied ginger, but I used 2 Tbsp, per many reviewers' recommendations. However, the amount will depend on which crystallized ginger you use. Ginger People's (available online) is the best and will be stronger. Other brands may use more sugar on smaller, thinner pieces of ginger and will have less of a ginger bite. I recommend using 2 Tbsp. at first to see how you like the flavors. Get the easy recipe....