Bake A Dessert… Outdoors?

by / Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Published in Recipes
Peach Upside-Down Cake baked on a charcoal grill
When most people think of cooking outdoors, the image that most often comes to mind is typically of dad throwing some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill in the backyard. That's understandable, because those are the staples that most of us grew up with. One thing that people don't often entertain is the thought of cooking a dessert outside. When cooking outdoors, it's hard enough to get the main dishes ready so the thought of whipping up something sweet as well is never even considered. Aside from toasting up marshmallows over a camp fire - to create the magical, edible glue that holds together those delicious s'mores we all know so well - how many outdoor desserts are most of us really aware of anyway? Well, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, you have the opportunity to serve your friends and loved ones a dessert that will be both delicious and instantly memorable. How many other hosts will ever serve them a decadent Peach Upside-Down Cake baked on a charcoal grill? The preparation work for this cake can be done inside the house, but the character and flavor will all come from the great outdoors. Ready? Real quick, here are the ingredients you'll need to bring this dessert to life:
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  1. - 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
  2. - 2 cups sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)
  3. - 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  4. - 1 tablespoon butter
  5. - 1 egg, room temperature
  6. - 1 cup all-purpose flour
  7. - 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. - 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  9. - 1/3 cup milk, room temperature
  10. - 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  11. - 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. First things first, you've got to get the charcoal going. Use a chimney, filled to the brim with charcoal, and let the flames do their thing for the next fifteen minutes or so. While the charcoal is coming to temperature, get busy with the ingredients for the cake.
  2. Grease the bottom of an an 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle brown sugar - in an even coating - to coat the bottom of the pan. Next, arrange the peaches in a single layer directly on top of the brown sugar.
  3. Grab yourself a large mixing bowl, and stir together the sugar, milk, vanilla, oil, and egg. Mix these ingredients until there is a smooth consistency, and the sugar is dissolved. Once this is achieved, beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt until the entire mixture is well blended.
  4. Pour the resulting batter from the previous step over the peaches in the baking pan. Make sure the peaches are completely covered. Smooth the batter with your spatula, or the back of a spoon if you're in a pinch.
  5. Now that the cake is all ready to go, you need to finish getting the grill ready to bake this thing!
  6. Fill an 8-inch square foil pan about halfway with water. Take this an out to the grill.
  7. Place the water-filled foil pan into the bottom of the grill. Now, arrange the charcoals from your chimney around the foil pan. Place the grill rack on your grill. You're ready to go.
  8. Place the cake pan on the grill rack directly above the foil pan filled with water. By doing this you will ensure that the cake will bake evenly over indirect heat.
  9. Pop the lid on your grill, making sure to leave the vents open, and allow the cake to bake for about 40 minutes. Here's a quick tip to check the "doneness" of any cake: Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean and easy, it's done!
  10. Transfer the finished cake back inside, and allow it to rest on a cooling rack for at least 45 more minutes.
  11. When you're ready to serve the cake, simply run a thin knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Place the serving plate that you'll be using for the cake upside down over the top of the pan, and turn the plate and pan over! The cake will slide out, upside down, ready to be served, and you'll be everybody's holiday hero.
  12. Baked to perfection on a charcoal grill, this cake hits the nose with a hint of smokiness, and then delivers the knockout punch to the taste buds with peachy, caramelized perfection. Enjoy!
  1. Image From: mg7 / 123RF Stock Photo
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