Any Flavor Fruit Upside-Down Cake

I love pineapple upside down cakes! Recently I got to thinking about experimenting with other types of fruit for the “upside down cake” idea and thought – “why can not there be a recipe that is versatile enough for all fruits?” After much trail and error, I have developed this recipe – one that can literally be made with any type of fruit! My favorite fruit to use for this is fresh peaches. This recipe makes one 9-inch round cake.

Any Flavor Fruit Upside-Down Cake

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 cups diced fresh fruit of choice
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups white all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Melt 4 tablespoons of the unsalted butter and pour into a 9-inch round baking pan. Sprinkle the light brown sugar evenly over the melted butter. Next, sprinkle evenly, in a single layer, the prepared fresh fruit.

In a large bowl beat together the remaining unsalted butter and light brown sugar until light in color and creamy in texture. Beat in the large egg.

In a seperate bowl combine the white all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a whisk.

Add the dry ingredients with the creamed butter and sugar mixture alternately with the milk. Beat well after each addition.

Pour finished batter evenly into the cake pan and spread out the top.

Place in preheated oven for 50 minutes.

Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool about 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.

Enjoy!

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Chew This! Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday!!! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I will be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com 

I am so excited to share this recipe with everyone. Well recipes – there are two here that I am sharing. The pie crust is from a friend of mine, Dorothy Boulanger and could not be any more simple! The pie crust does not have to be rolled out, prebaked, proofed – trust me – it is amazing! And the filling? It is basically a huge, soft chocolate chip cookie! The crust is crisp, the inside warm and gooey. My mouth is watering… 

This pie can be made in advance, wrapped and chilled and baked off whenever you are ready! Just be sure not to keep it unbaked for longer than 3 days. After baking, leftovers can be kept covered for 7 days. It is simply an amazing pie and one of my current favorites! 


Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

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Enjoy!

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3 Year Anniversary!!!

BLAISE THE BAKER IS 3 YEARS OLD TODAY!!! I do not even really know what to say other than THANK YOU all so much for the continuous support and dedication! I have met so many incredible people along the way and I am so thankful for you all. Without my followers, my “fans”, my friends and family – none of this would be possible. I am so thankful and filled with joy when I look back on this amazing journey so far and all that has been accomplished.

When I first started this journey my goal was to just simply share recipes, tips and tricks with people that could use them and enjoy them. I wanted to share my family recipes, stories and memories. I wanted to be of help to those who needed it in the kitchen. I wanted to inspire people and get people cooking and baking again. I wanted to break the stereotypes that only women belong in the kitchen and that only women can bake. I wanted to encourage families to prepare meals together and to get back to sharing their lives around the family table. I have maintained the same goals throughout this journey and have not compromised on my original intentions.

Along the way I have had opportunities that I would have never dreamed. I have  been featured on websites, blogs and in newspapers and magazines. I have had people reach out for interviews and photoshoots. I have the amazing opportunity to share with you all some of my most meaningful and deliciously heartfelt recipes in my food column, “Chew This!” that appears on the first and third Sundays of each month in “The Courier-Times”. A newspaper that I have loved, respected and admired since I was 7 years old and would visit the newspaper offices with my Grandma Barbra – dropping off an item to be printed in the next edition. A newspaper that I am proud to be a part of and honored to be given the privilege of space and time.

Most bloggers look at their “performance numbers” daily. I try to make it a habit to never look at mine because to me – that is not what it’s about. It is not about “hits” or numbers, shares or likes. To me, it is about being 100% authentic with who I am, what I make and what I decide to share. What is important, to me, is that authenticity.

My blog has expanded over the years into cookbook reviews, book reviews, product reviews, global features, guest bloggers and other featured elements that I love sharing with you all! 

Do not get me wrong – there have been bumps and bruises along the way. Each bump in the road I have taken as a learning lesson and a valuable teaching experience. I have had book clubs, book selling sites and an eBay store with my “Blaise the Baker” name attached, but those have fallen away to not only simplify things but to mainstream what my “brand” is about.

One of the most amazing experiences that has happened from my 2nd year anniversary to my 3rd is the publication of my very first cookbook! My cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” launched last September. I have been blown away by the responses from it! There have been a couple of new printings and very soon – another reorder / reprint is in store. I have had the most amazing accounts of people writing to me – texting me – emailing me – calling me – telling me how much they LOVE my cookbook! That makes me so incredibly thankful and so incredibly happy.

If you are reading this and would like to purchase a copy – the price is $12 plus $3 shipping and handling. There are 200 total recipes along with tips, tricks and family memories and stories. It is a work I am so proud of presenting to everyone. Simply send $15 total to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online through http://paypal.com Use my email – blaisejdx@gmail.com as a way to send the money. If you are in the Henry County area, please stop by “The Book Nook” – where there are autographed copies to buy.

All in all – I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had – and I am so EXCITED for the opportunities that await in the future. Thank you all so much for being here with me on this journey. Thank you all so much for supporting me. Thank you all so much for the dedication, the feedback and the love. Most importantly, thank you for allowing me into your lives. You all mean so much to me!

Here is to many years to come!!!

With all my love,

Blaise Doubman
“Blaise the Baker”

HER magazine – Betty’s Cajun Snack Crackers 

Happy Sunday!!! My column today is featured in “HER magazine” that you can find in “The Courier-Times”. I am so excited about this! My column for “Betty’s Cajun Snack Crackers” has a special meaning to me. Betty is my Grandma Barbra’s sister who lives in Texas – my Great Aunt. Pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY to check it out! I LOVE “HER magazine” – it is always filled with so many talented local residents and stories. Highly recommend you check it out!

Blaise

Banana Cream Pie in a Glass

Who does not love banana cream pie? I was experimenting with pies a few weeks ago and the crust did not work out, so I made the crust into one of the layers in a parfait! My taste testers LOVED the idea and thought the taste and texture was almost better than the original pie! Flip around this recipe to make whatever flavors you desire! So fun and so elegant. Plus – a portable pie!? Score!


Banana Cream Pie in a Glass 

1 box instant banana pudding mix
3 cups whole milk
4 large bananas, sliced thin
1 cup crumbled graham crackers
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups whipped cream, homemade or bought

In a large bowl combine the instant banana pudding mix with the whole milk. Whisk together and let stand for about 3 minutes.

In a large bowl combine the crumbled graham crackers, melted unsalted butter and ground cinnamon until sand-like in looks and texture.

Start putting together the dessert by sprinkling a layer of crushed graham crackers into the bottom of the desired number and size of glasses. 

Next layer in the banana pudding, sliced bananas and whipped cream. Keep layering until the mixtures run out and you are left with a layer of whipped cream on the top. 

Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers on top of each right before serving. 

Enjoy! 

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