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Peach Cornmeal Skillet Cake with Lavender

I’ve made this recipe a couple of times now, and finally took the time to stop and snap a couple of photos. That’s the problem with delicious desserts, you see. They disappear far too quickly to take photos.

Truth be told, however, this isn’t the most photogenic of cakes. Granted, this recipe is an adaptation of a Martha Stewart recipe. Of course, her version looks absolutely stunning. The peach slices are arranged with care, each one placed perfectly in line. The cake is baked in a skillet, but then is turned out onto a gorgeous serving board. It’s a Martha masterpiece.

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My version isn’t nearly as pretty as Martha’s. And my baby bump accidentally made an appearance in most of the photos. Oops.

 

But, let’s be honest. Who has the time or the energy for that? I certainly don’t.

You know what I did? I sauteed the peach slices in a lot of butter (and sugar!) and left them in the bottom of the skillet. I didn’t arrange them whatsoever. I poured batter on top of the peaches and baked the cake. Then, I ate the cake straight out of the skillet. And you know what? It was damn near perfect. The cake was buttery and moist, and just bursting with juicy summer peaches. The lavender was subtle, yet present, and added a unique and surprising flavor to the cake. It was fantastic.

Sure, it might not be as pretty as Martha’s version, but that’s fine by me. I want to cook attainable food that tastes good. The reality is that most of us are busy people with jobs, kids, pets, sports, mortgages, and all sorts of other responsibilities. We simply don’t have the time to arrange peach slices in concentric circles. And that’s ok.

There’s a time and a place for pretty cakes with pretty peach slices. But there’s also a time for peach cornmeal skillet cakes that are simple, easy, and totally delicious. This is one of those times.

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Peach Cornmeal Skillet Cake with Lavender

Serving Size: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (plus 3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3-4 ripe peaches (skins on), sliced into 3/4″ wedges
  • 1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a 9″ or 10″ cast iron skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. When butter is bubbling and melted, add in peach slices, nutmeg, and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar, and stir to coat. Reduce heat to low, and allow peaches to cook until most of the juice has boiled off and peaches are beginning to caramelize, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, lavender, and salt. In another bowl, beat the remaining butter with 3/4 cup of brown sugar on high speed. Beat until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium, and add in the eggs, one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally, and add in vanilla and cream.
  4. Next, pour in the the cornmeal mixture, stirring just to combine. Pour batter over peach slices, using a spatula to spread the batter evenly.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove skillet from the oven, and allow cake to cool at least slightly before serving. (I highly recommend serving this cake with a heaping dollop of homemade whipped cream. It’s downright dreamy.)

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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Cookbook Giveaway + A Recipe for Triple Berry Skillet Cobbler with Bourbon and Ginger

I am bursting with excitement, y’all.

I wrote a cookbook. I tested recipes and slaved in my kitchen and edited instructions and pored over pages and now it’s finally done. My cookbook is published and I’m freaking out a little bit.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me give you a little backstory.

A few months ago, my friend Jenni approached me and asked if I wanted to collaborate on a cookbook with her. Jenni was in the midst of finishing up her grad school portfolio, and decided that she wanted to design a cookbook. So, she asked me to make one with her. Jenni is an incredible photographer and graphic designer and the decision was a no-brainer. So, we set about making a cookbook together.

Flash forward a few months, and here we are. We now have a self-published mini cookbook called “A Midsummer’s Feast: Recipes for a Festive Summer Gathering.” If I may say so, it’s a lovely little book. This is not a full-sized cookbook, rather, it is a small collection of recipes that are perfect for a summer dinner party. The recipes are simple and diverse, a selection of summertime favorites. There’s a little bit of everything — appetizers, desserts, sides, entrees, and even a cocktail recipe.

We self-published the book through Blurb, and A Midsummer’s Feast is now available to purchase in print or ebook format. (Please note: we decided to sell these books at cost and are not making any profit whatsoever. This project was a labor of love and we just want to share our book with you all!)

 

A Midsummer's Feast

So, there you have it. I wrote a cookbook and now it’s available for all the world to see! I feel like a proud mother. (And, it should go without saying that I am forever indebted to Jenni and her incredible design skills. This cookbook would not have happened without her, and I am so grateful.)

A Midsummer's Feast: Recipes for a Festive Summer Gathering

Since I am so very excited about the book, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes from the book: Triple Berry Skillet Cobbler with Bourbon and Ginger. (Say that three times fast, I dare you.) Made with a combination of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, this cobbler is one of my all-time favorite summer desserts. The blueberries really are the star of the dish, as they give the cobbler a natural sweetness and a gorgeous purple color. (Also, the addition bourbon and ginger give the cobbler a nice little zing.)

Last, but certainly not least, to celebrate the release of A Midsummer’s Feast, I’m giving away a copy of the book! Scroll down for instructions on how to enter to win a print copy of  ”A Midsummer’s Feast” Recipes for a Festive Summer Gathering.” 

Thanks for all the love and support, everyone! See below for the recipe and giveaway details!

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Photo by Jenni Kupelian

 

Triple Berry Skillet Cobbler with Bourbon and Ginger

Ingredients

    For the cobbler:
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1.5 cups blueberries
  • 1.5 cups raspberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • For the biscuit topping:
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a cast iron skillet.
  2. To make the fruit filling: in a large bowl, mix together the berries, sugar, ginger, and nutmeg. Taste, and add more sugar if needed. (This will greatly depend on how sweet your berries are. If the berries are tart or out of season, you may need up to 1 cup of sugar.) In a small bowl, whisk together the bourbon and corn starch. Pour the bourbon mixture over the berries and stir to coat. Pour the berry mixture into prepared skillet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the berries are bubbling. (Helpful hint: You may want to set the skillet on a baking sheet, as cobblers tend to bubble over and make a big mess in the oven!)
  3. Meanwhile, make the biscuit topping. In another bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into the flour mixture – using your fingers, knives, or a pastry cutter – until there are no large chunks left and the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the buttermilk just to combine. Using your hands, gently form small flattened balls of dough. Remove the skillet from the oven, and place the biscuits evenly atop the fruit. Sprinkle the tops of the biscuits with a bit of sugar.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool, uncovered, until ready to serve.
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ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF A MIDSUMMER’S FEAST: 

To enter, leave a comment below stating your favorite summer ingredient (i.e. peaches, tomatoes, corn, etc.). It’s as simple as that!

Cookbook giveaway rules: All entries must be submitted by Friday, August 29th, at 11pm PST. A winner will be selected at random and will be notified by September 1st, 2014.

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Broiled Apricots with Whipped Goat Cheese, Pistachios, and Honey

Oh, summertime. I just can’t get enough of you.

I love the heat, brightly colored sundresses, summer reading, and family vacations. I love stone fruits and summer squash and berries and green beans and peppers and fresh basil. I love camping, grilling, boating, and hiking. I love summertime adventures.

And, I love fruit-laden summer desserts. James beard once said, “Of all the desserts in the spectrum of cuisines, I find those made with fruit the most rewarding.” I tend to agree with Mr. Beard. Fruit desserts are simple and rustic, and they really let the fruit shine. There’s really nothing better than a simple fruit dessert in the middle of summer, when fruit is ripe, sweet, and perfectly juicy.

This is one of those perfect summer desserts. The broiled apricots take mere minutes to make, and they taste so darn good. The broiling caramelizes the exposed flesh of the apricot, and the sweetness of the caramelized apricot pairs beautifully with the tangy goat cheese and salty pistachios.

 

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Broiled Apricots with Whipped Goat Cheese, Pistachios, and Honey

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe (but firm) apricots
  • 1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Using a whisk, whip together the goat cheese, honey, and Greek yogurt. Mix until fluffy and well combined. Set aside.
  2. Slice the apricots in half, and remove the pits. Place on a lined baking sheet (skin down) and sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the surface of the apricots. Place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until the tops of the apricots are beginning to brown and bubble. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for a minute or two.
  3. Place a spoonful of the goat cheese mixture in the indent of each apricot (where the pit used to be). Sprinkle chopped pistachios over the top of the goat cheese, and liberally drizzle honey over the fruit. Top with a generous sprinkling of nutmeg and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy immediately.
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Strawberry Cream Pie

This pie is the best pie ever.

I know that’s a bold statement, but I am telling you the truth. This strawberry cream pie is just the best. It’s simple, seasonal, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

Northwest strawberries are at the peak of their season right now, and so they are remarkably plump, sweet, and juicy. They don’t need any doctoring or sweeteners, they are perfect just as they are. They are especially perfect when piled atop a sweet cream filling and a homemade almond and graham cracker crust.

This pie is essentially a no-bake pie. The only thing that requires baking is the crust, which bakes for a whopping 12 minutes. The pie comes together quickly and painlessly, and the end result is marvelous. I mean it when I say this pie is perfect. I cannot stress that point enough.

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Strawberry Cream Pie

Serving Size: 8

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 package graham crackers (or 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • The zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and sliced in half

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9″ pie pan.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the graham crackers and almonds, until they are fine crumbs. Pour the crumb mixture into a bowl, and stir in the melted butter, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Mix until the crumb mixture is moistened. Press the mixture evenly into the pie pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. Once the crust is cooled, prepare the filling. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, mascarpone, powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat for 2-3 minutes, until fluffy. Gently stir in the lemon zest.
  4. Gently spread the filling over the graham cracker crust. Place sliced berries atop the cream mixture. (You can artfully arrange them, but I prefer just to heap them on top.) Chill pie for 6-8 hours before serving.

Notes

Adapted from Cookooree.com

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Rhubarb Coffee Cake

I feel like I’ve been living under a rock for a few months. Pregnancy doesn’t seem to be terribly conducive to productivity, and it certainly isn’t conducive to food blogging. I just feel so tired all the time. I’ve had zero energy and cooking has lost some of it’s appeal. Honestly, for awhile there, I didn’t want to eat anything except for cereal, grapes, and toast. Such is life during the first trimester.

But, I’m finally starting to feel like my old self again. Real food (meaning: something other than grapes and toast) actually sounds good. I’ve started cooking again. It feels good to be back.

In my opinion, a good piece of coffee cake is one of life’s simple pleasures. Coffee cake isn’t particularly pretty or inventive, but it’s just so good. I’ve made this recipe a number of times, and it never fails. The cake is so moist and flavorful, layered with chunks of tangy rhubarb on the bottom and giant spiced buttery crumbs on top.

If there was anything that was going to lure me back into the kitchen, it was this recipe. It’s just that good.

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RHUBARB COFFEE CAKE
(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

For the cake:
1/2 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/4″ chunks
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/3 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)
1 large egg, plus one large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter (room temperature), cut into 8 pieces.

For the crumb topping:
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) butter, melted
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan.

2. In a small bowl, toss chopped rhubarb with 1/4 cup of sugar, corn starch, lemon zest, and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. Set aside.

3. To make the crumb topping, whisk together the sugars, spices, salt, and melted butter in a large bowl. Mix until smooth. Next, stir in the flour with a spatula or wooden spoon. (The mixture will resemble a solid dough.) Press the dough firmly in the bottom of the bowl, and set aside.

4. To make the cake filling, stir together the yogurt (or sour cream), egg, egg yolk, and vanilla in a small bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter pieces and a spoonful of yogurt into the mixture, and mix on medium speed until moistened. Increase the speed and beat for 30 seconds. Add the rest of the yogurt in two batches, beating for 30 seconds after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

5. Scrape most of the batter into the prepared pan (reserving about 1/2 a cup). Spoon the rhubarb over the batter. Spoon the remaining batter over the rhubarb. (Don’t worry if it doesn’t evenly cover the rhubarb, it can just be scattered dollops of batter!)

6. Using your fingers, break the topping mixture into big crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs over the cake. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool before serving.

Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake

Tomorrow morning, I will wake up long before the sun comes up and I will drag my sleepy self to the airport. Clad in borrowed snow boots and a down coat, I’ll board a plane to Minneapolis.

It was -26 in Minneapolis earlier this week. I can’t even imagine what that kind of cold feels like, honestly. I certainly don’t have the clothing for such temperatures. I’ve cobbled together a borrowed wardrobe of snow clothing and I’m hoping for the best. I may just hole up in the Mall of America for the week. (I can subsist on Cinnabon and roller coasters!)

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It should go without saying that Minnesota in March is not my dream vacation. But, my middle sister now lives in Minneapolis and she’s turning the big 3-0 this week. She insisted that she had to have both of her sisters with her on her 30th, and so we agreed to make the trek to the frigid Midwest.

Since there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of sunshine in my immediate future, I decided to make my own sunshine in the kitchen. One of the best things about winter is the abundance of citrus. Even on the darkest and gloomiest of days, the mere scent of citrus brightens my spirits.

This cake is the perfect remedy for wintertime blues. It’s decidedly simple, and the Meyer lemons truly shine through the batter. If you need a little sunshine in your life, I suggest you give this cake a try.

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Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 large cage-free eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated Meyer lemon zest (approximately 2 Meyer lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Next, fold the vegetable oil into the batter until it is combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small pan, combine 1 tablespoon of sugar, the remaining lemon juice, and the vanilla bean seeds. Heat over med-low, until sugar dissolves and mixture is clear. Remove from heat.
  5. When the cake is done, remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Remove from pan and place on a baking rack. Pour the glaze over the cake and allow it to soak in. Allow to cool before serving.

Notes

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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Pumpkin Pancakes with Cream Cheese Butter

We are officially in the throes of pumpkin season. For as much as I gripe about pumpkin spiced lattes and other seasonal pumpkin atrocities, I really do love pumpkin. It’s a fantastic and versatile winter squash. Pumpkin is phenomenal in a myriad of baked goods – cakes, cookies, pies, etc – but pumpkin also tastes great in soups and stews, salads, curries, and other savory applications. (Let it be known that I will never, ever, ever like pumpkin in a latte. It’s not happening, people.)

Of all the pumpkin preparations, however, the pumpkin pancake is my favorite. Pumpkin pancakes are the epitome of comfort food. They’re good eats, plain and simple.

I’ve been making a version of this recipe for years, but haven’t posted it on the blog until now. (I’ve been holding out on y’all!) These pancakes are fluffy and moist and they actually taste like pumpkin. They’re so damn good. I wish I could take credit for the cream cheese butter, but I borrowed the idea from Utopia Cafe in Portland, OR. I think the cream cheese butter is a brilliant and decadent addition to the pancakes. You must try it for yourself.

Lastly, this post is dedicated to my sister, Danielle. She’s the only person I know who loves pancakes more than I do, and has a strange obsession with the pumpkin pancakes at IHOP. I simply can’t eat pumpkin pancakes without thinking of her.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes with Cream Cheese Butter

Serving Size: 8 small pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (room temperature)

Instructions

  1. To make the cream cheese butter, mix together equal parts cream cheese and butter. This can be done using a spatula or an electric mixer. Blend until well combined. (Note: I do not sweeten or season the cream cheese butter, as I pour syrup over the cream cheese butter and pancakes.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients (milk, pumpkin, egg, and oil). In another bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir until combined, do not over mix.
  3. Heat a lightly greased griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. (Note: you know the pan is ready when water droplets dance across the surface of the pan.) Pour batter into small circles on the pan and allow each pancake to cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown on each side. Serve pancakes warm, with cream cheese butter and maple syrup.

Notes

Adapted from Inspired Taste.

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