I had bookmarked this recipe as soon as I read it. It sounded delicious. I had planned to bake it the first time it was my turn to bring something for MYC, but I couldn’t remember which cookbook (yes, I have a cookbook obsession) I had found the recipe in, so instead it had to wait until the second time I brought something for MYC this past week. It was a smashing success. All the ladies loved it as I received numerous compliments.
Now, when I think of peaches and dessert, I think of my Mom’s peach cobbler. And this recipe is nothing like that, but when I ate it, it still brought back fond memories of summer cobblers. So bring summer a little early to your house this year.
Upside-Down Peach Bread
Source: Country Woman Christmas 2009
- 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened sliced peaches, thawed
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Thinly slice half of the peaches; chop remaining peaches. Set aside. (I think this step would be easier before thawing the peaches and I will try that next time.)
Pour melted butter into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans (I actually melted butter in pans in oven); sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange peach slices cut side down in a single layer over brown sugar. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extracts; mix well.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and remaining cinnamon; add to creamed mixture. Fold in chopped peaches and remaining pecans.
Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake at 350°F for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto serving plates. Serve warm (I served the next morning).
Yield: 2 loaves, 12 slices each