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Sunday, September 13

Pluot upside-down cake

¾ cup
1/3 cup
Butter, softened
2 tablespoons
Pluots, pitted, cut into ½-inch-thick wedges
1 ½ pounds
Crème fraîche
½ cup
Milk, whole
2 tablespoons
Vanilla extract
2 teaspoons
Flour, all purpose
1 ½ cups
2/3 cup
Baking powder
1 teaspoon
Baking soda
½ teaspoon
½ teaspoon
Butter, unsalted, softened
¾ cup
Eggs, beaten
2 large
Cream, whipped

  1. Preheat to 350°F. 
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water, and bring to a boil without stirring. 
  3. Cook over high heat, washing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush, until an amber-colored caramel forms, about 5 to 7 minutes. 
  4. Remove from heat, and whisk in the butter. 
  5. Immediately pour the caramel into a 9-by-2-inch metal cake pan. 
  6. Carefully arrange the plout wedges in the caramel in concentric circles. 
  7. In a small bowl, whisk the crème fraîche with the milk and vanilla. 
  8. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, mix the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  9. At low speed, beat in the butter until the mixture resembles moist crumbs, about 30 seconds. 
  10. Beat in the eggs at low speed until incorporated, then beat the batter at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute; scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  11. At medium speed, beat in the crème fraîche mixture until smooth, about 30 seconds. 
  12. Scrape the batter over the pluots and gently spread in an even layer. 
  13. Bake the cake in the center of the oven for 55 to 60 minutes, until golden and springy. 
  14. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then invert the cake onto a serving plate. 
  15. Cut into wedges, and serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream. 
Recipe adapted from Food&Wine Magazine, August 2015

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