Monday, September 24, 2012

peach crumble

I'm not going to lie, I ate the leftovers (trust me, they were few) for breakfast the next morning!!!

the goods:
2 pounds peaches, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup light-brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make filling: Combine peaches, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish.

Make topping: In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on medium until light and fluffy.

Add flour and salt and, with your hands, mix until large pieces form. Scatter over filling.

Bake until center is bubbling, 40 to 50 minutes, tenting loosely with foil after 30 minutes.

Let cool 20 minutes before serving.

Monday, September 17, 2012

apricot-blueberry cobbler

the goods:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
12 apricots, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 and 1/4 cups blueberries
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup cold heavy cream, plus more for brushing
sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with racks in middle and lower thirds. In a large bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Stir in apricots and blueberries. Spread mixture into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.

In a food processor, pulse remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Add heavy cream and pulse 2 or 3 times until combined.

Spoon batter in 8 mounds on fruit mixture. Press lightly on tops to flatten, brush with heavy cream, and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Bake on middle rack with a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet on lower rack to catch drips, until biscuits are golden and juices bubble in center, 40 to 45 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Serve warm.

Monday, September 10, 2012

peaches-and-cream bundt cake

the goods:
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, divided, plus more for pan
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for pan
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine salt
4 peaches, peeled, pitted, and diced small
2 and 1/4 cups sugar, divided
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 and 1/4 cups sour cream
1 and 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 and 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter and flour a 14-cup nonstick Bundt pan. Whisk together 3 cups flour, baking soda, and salt. Toss peaches with remaining 2 tablespoons flour to coat. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and 2 cups sugar on medium-high until fluffy and pale yellow. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 2 additions, alternating with sour cream, and beat until combined. Fold peaches and vanilla into batter and transfer to pan.

Tap pan firmly on counter several times to remove any air bubbles and smooth top. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 1 hour. Transfer pan to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet; let cool 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt remaining 1 stick butter. Combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Using an offset spatula or small knife, loosen cake from pan, then invert onto rack. Working in sections, brush cake with butter and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon-sugar.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with whipped cream if desired.

Monday, September 3, 2012

fudgy ice cream cake

the goods:
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 and 3/4 cups heavy cream, divided
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for serving
3 pints vanilla ice cream
18 graham crackers
1 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Lightly coat an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray; line pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 6-inch overhang on two sides. Freeze pan at least 10 minutes. In a medium pot, combine corn syrup, 1/4 cup cream, butter, granulated sugar, cocoa, and a pinch of salt; bring to a boil, whisking, over medium-high. Remove from heat and let fudge sauce cool. Meanwhile, remove 1 pint of ice cream from freezer and let soften, 15 minutes.

Evenly press softened ice cream into pan. Top with a single layer of graham crackers, breaking to fit. Drizzle with 1/4 cup fudge sauce, spread and freeze 15 minutes. Repeat twice, omitting sauce on final layer (so graham crackers will be on top). Wrap in plastic and freeze until firm, 8 hours (or up to 3 days). Cover and refrigerate remaining fudge sauce.

To serve, you can either slice individual pieces (flipping so the graham cracker top is now the base), or invert pan onto a platter and remove plastic. Microwave fudge sauce for 30 seconds, or until pourable. Pour over cake and freeze to solidify, 5 minutes. In a large bowl, using a mixer, whip 1 and 1/2 cups cream and confectioners' sugar on high until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Dollop cake with whipped cream and dust with cocoa.