I have to start this post with a follow-up to popovers saying a big “thank you”! Since I had never made, seen or tasted popovers, I thought mine had not turned out too well…hollow in the middle. Surprise, surprise…thank you to those who took a few minutes to let me know…that is how they are suppose to turn out!! Yay!…a hidden success! 🙂 You learn something new everyday!
Nectarine Upside-down Chiffon Cake
This first recipe for the month was fun! Once again, I found myself “needing” to buy a new cooking item…no springform pans here and thank goodness I did because boy did this puff up while baking. If you would like to try baking this cake check out our host blogs: The Double Trouble Kitchen and The Little French Bakery.
The recipe gives the option of using apples, pears, or apricots for this versatile cake. The family voted and decided on an apple version. Basically this cake has 4 different steps…nothing really too difficult but not a cake you throw together quickly.
First step: The topping-brown sugar and butter with apples arranged on top.
Second Step: The Streusel-using a food processor, pulse oats, butter, brown sugar, almonds, and spices and then bake.
Third Step: The cake batter-done in two steps…the yolk mixture and the whites mixture and fold together.
Fourth Step: Baking the cake-layering cake mixture with the streusel.
The cake is suppose to cook for 45-50 min…checked mine at 45, 50, and then at 55 could finally get a clean toothpick. Looked so good when I took it out of the oven…look how this thing baked up. 🙂
Have to admit I was feeling pretty good about this cake…looks good, smells good…just need to wait the 25 min before inverting it….this is what I came back to…………….
UGGHHH 😦 so disappointed! Still not entirely sure what happened other than the top of the cake stuck to the top of the pan and couldn’t slide back down when it deflated a bit. Anyway, I figured it would still taste good but knew it wasn’t going to look the prettiest.
I have to say the lack of a pretty side crust didn’t stop my tasting crew from loving this cake! My family and parents were encouraged to be totally honest about this one because I wasn’t sure I would invest the time it took again if it wasn’t fantastic…they LOVED it…I was still getting texts the next few days about how great even the leftovers where…good to know it was worth the time…its a keeper! 🙂