Simple Peach Upside Down Cake

IMG_5428After last weeks failed attempt at getting back in the blogging game, (lets just leave it at a humiliated pastry chef forgetting to add sugar into a carrot cake), I decided to return to the ever comforting and humble side of home baking.

6 months have flown by since I last baked at home; it was a strange nostalgic feeling spending time in my own kitchen again. I’m so used to the pressure and robotic nature that often occurs during work that I forget how serene my own calm kitchen can feel. 90% of my time at work is spent time managing myself and how long it takes me to knock out that batch of mousse I’ve made countless times. That, along with an endless mental repetition of what order I’m going to carry out my mise en place for the rest of the day. The other 10% is spent brainstorming and recipe testing which is a lot more intriguing, creative and fuelled by passionate pastry chefs.

My kitchen though, thats a whole different therapy in itself. Its just me and my space. No bravado, no judgement and most importantly of all, I’m surrounded by a sense of undisturbed tranquil. I adore the thirty minutes I get to sit with a coffee, a book and my music waiting for my little bake to finish transforming in the oven.

For this upside down cake, you really want to try and get some beautiful ripe juicy peaches. All the flavour in this cake comes from those sun burnt fruits. This cake is simple, so you need to make a killer sponge and use good quality ingredients.

Sometimes on my day off I just want a slice of cake and this definitely didn’t disappoint.

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Peach & Apricot Almond Cake with Streusel topping

IMG_2374IMG_2400The warm weather is making me lethargic.

It’s making me lay out in the park for hours on end. It’s luring me onto the grass. I lie there, unmoving, with no thoughts or worries apart from the occasional whisper of what I should concoct for dinner later. I become thirsty and, after a few hours, need some shade. Although the little energy I have used already makes me even more mellow. So I remain in my spot until I reluctantly stand. I’m usually dazed at the feeling of being on my feet again. I miss my mashed down patch of grass already.

Every year, when summer rolls around the corner, I seem to forget what its like to spend the majority of your day outside. After a few abrupt meetings with butterflies and bumblebee’s flying directly at me, I begin to fall in love with nature again. The feeling of soft stringy grass tickling in-between your toes and the sweet morning kiss of the sun on your skin as you eat your alfresco breakfast. Continue reading “Peach & Apricot Almond Cake with Streusel topping”