Apricot Upside-Down Cake

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 large can apricots in syrup
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Melt the butter in a 9 or 10 inch cast iron skillet.  Stir in the brown sugar and the nuts.  Arrange the apricots, cut side up, in the pan. Save the liquid.

In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks. Add the sugar, mix well, and beat in 8 tablespoons of the apricot juice.  Add the vanilla.

Mix the dry ingredients together.  Mix into the yolk mixture.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter.  Pour over the apricots.

Bake about 1 hour. 

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Published: 2004
Editor: Ruth Reichl