Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Here's the recipe (this is only a slight variation of Ina Garten's plum cake tatin recipe):
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the dish
- 4 large peaches, cut in half and pitted
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Confectioners' sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 9-inch glass pie dish and arrange the peaches in the dish, cut side down.
Combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color, about 360 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Swirl the pan but don't stir. Pour evenly over the peaches.
Meanwhile, cream the 6 tablespoons of butter and the remaining 3/4 cup of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Lower the speed and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the sour cream, zest, and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and, with the mixer on low speed, add it to the butter mixture. Mix only until combined.
Pour the cake batter evenly over the peaches and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate. If a peach sticks, ease it out and replace it in the design on top of the cake. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Today was also our orientation meeting for Elliot's daycare. As is his wont, Elliot loves the place. He loves the kids, the toys, the whole deal. It's nice having a son who is so flexible and accommodating.
Welcome to the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. This one, like all the others, should be great.
Yep, that's right, Elliot was all about putting the chicken down the slide. The chicken was okay, by the way. No need to PETA.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
And here are some photos.
Sunday, August 15, 2010