Sunday, June 26, 2011

Miranda Lambert - The House That Built Me

I love this song, but it is impossible for me to listen to it without crying.

As we get ready to head to Australia and New Zealand, two places I consider home, I am overwhelmed with excitement and anxiety. I have patiently waited more than 8 LONG years to go home and it is FINALLY here, it is FINALLY my turn. I'll likely be a blubbering mess the whole time, but I'm ready to find some closure and make some fun new memories with my two favorite boys and the family and friends we will visit while there.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Peaches and Cream Cake

This was delicious. Just as Mel from Melskitchencafe said, it is like a cake, a cheesecake and a cobbler all rolled into one. It was easy to make and I loved that it was different to any kind of dessert I'd tried before. Sweet but light also. I have made this twice since I found the recipe on Mel's blog and I'm sure I will make it many more times, especially when peaches are in abundance.

Peaches and Cream Cake

*Serves 12

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup milk
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Peaches and Topping:
29-ounce can sliced peaches or 1 quart home-bottled peaches
16 ounces (2 packages) cream cheese, light or regular, softened to room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons reserved peach juice
Cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium or large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cornstarch. Blend. Make a well in the center and add the vanilla, eggs, milk and melted butter. Whisk together until well combined. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Slice the peaches into bite-sized pieces, scattering them over the top of the batter evenly. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and reserved peach juice together until light and creamy. Dollop the cream cheese mixture in tablespoon-sized spoonfuls over the top of the batter and peaches and then use a spatula to evenly spread together to form a creamy layer. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just try to spread it as evenly over the top as possible (it’s ok if peaches are peeking through in spots). Sprinkle the top of the cream cheese layer generously with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 45-60 minutes until the edges are puffed and golden and the cream cheese layer has bubbled slightly on top. This is a difficult cake to test for doneness because of the gooey cream cheese layer. If the middle is still jiggly, bake until it no longer jiggles and the cake batter layer is puffed and no longer runny. Serve warm or at room temperature.