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Chef’s Hat: Fruit is on the bottom

Recently I came across recipes for upside down cakes that had bananas and peaches at the bottom instead of pineapple. All the years I’ve been cooking I have never thought of using something other than pineapples at the bottom of an upside down cake.

I guess I have a one-track mind with some recipes.

Doing some research I found the idea of cooking cakes upside down started centuries ago when cakes were cooked in cast iron skillets. People would put fruit and sugar in the bottom of the pan and then cover it with batter. The traditional fruits used were apples and other seasonal fruits. Pineapple did not come into play until the early 1900s when Jim Dole of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now the Dole Company) found a way to can pineapple slices.

The moral of this story is never to rule anything out when it comes to cooking. You can customize pretty much any recipes with ingredients you like.

Having a small piece of a “light” fruit cake won’t set you too far back in your diet or add a lot of pounds (unless you eat the whole cake by yourself!). So try a new, but old, tradition with an upside down cake.

Happy eating!

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