Introduction: Peach Upside Down Cake

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Here’s a Peach Upside Down Cake that is just peachy. This dessert is made with a brown sugar glaze. It’s a natural syrup with no added chemicals and it’s not like the ordinary glaze of just water, powdered sugar and a little milk.

Cutting the cake into six (6) servings would make it 49.5 grams of Carb, 18.75 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein. If you used raw sugar and whole wheat flour, both with their fiber intake, you could add 3 grams more of protein to this dessert. If you view dessert like that, it isn't so bad. It is true there are sugars in the recipe. But you can always change out processed foods for more natural foods that are minimally processed, therefore making a recipe closer to more natural and still enjoy dessert.

The peaches in this cake provide 2.6 grams of dietary fiber and 18 mg phytosterols. Which is a  comparable amount to olive oil and other vegetables. Fiber and phytosterols are plant-based nutrients, and they lower your cholesterol levels. Knowing this about peaches also can make the dessert more appealing. Don't you agree?

But wait there’s more.  A large peach has 1.4 mg niacin, or 14 percent of the daily value for niacin, or vitamin B-3. Niacin helps with energy metabolism in your body. Peaches are high in vitamin C, with 11.6 mg, or 19 percent of the daily value. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and an essential nutrient for a healthy immune system and strong joints. Peaches have 570 IU of vitamin A, an essential nutrient for healthy vision. The vitamin content of the peach just mentioned, will double that as there are two large peaches in this recipe.

Peaches can help regulate your blood pressure. The fruit provides about  332 mg potassium each, and they are sodium-free. A high-sodium, low-potassium diet may cause high blood pressure and an increased risk for stroke and kidney disease, and most of us need to increase potassium and decrease sodium. Most all of the fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are high-potassium, low-sodium foods.

Thanks to the foregoing information from Live Strong about the peach. Now that we have sat the stage to preparing a delectable and most delicious Peach Upside Down Cake, here is what you will need...

Step 1:

¼ cup butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 cups sliced, pitted and peeled peaches*
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup milk

*optional to use frozen unsweetened peach slices, thawed and large slices cut in half lengthwise

Step 2:

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Line a 9-inch spring-form pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Now we'll get the ¼ cup butter. It is better if it is room temperature.

In a small sauce pan over medium heat melt the butter and then add the brown sugar and stir until sugar is completely moistened and mix well withe butter.

Next spread sugar mixture evenly in the bottom of the prepared spring-form pan. 

Step 3:

Line peaches in a circular pattern on the bottom of the spring form pan until it is filled with the peaches (as shown in image). Set aside.

Step 4:

In a food processor, combine the ½ cup of butter and ¾ cup of sugar and process till creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and process until combined.  Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, process on -mix- speed after each addition just until combined.

Pour the batter over the peaches and spread evenly over the peaches using the back of a large spoon or flexible spatula.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. 

Step 5:

Loosen cake first by running a knife around sides and loosen ring and lift off; grabbing edge of parchment paper, carefully pull cake to a serving platter. Cool for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6:

Serve warm and enjoy the peachy brown sugar glazed delectable delight.

After eating a slice of the Peach Upside Down Cake, feel good about your heart as you just consumed 83 mg of potassium (per slice). Now you shouldn't feel fatigued or have of lack energy, nor develop muscle cramps, experience digestive upset or notice an irregular heart rhythm. See how good dessert can be if you mix and bake it right!!

For more dessert ideas with peaches like Peach and Almond Chocolate Cake or a dessert with other delightful fruits go to Savor the Food. While you are there, claim your FREE 16-page e-book: Breakfast for Your Health.

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