Stay with me guys, we still have almost a full month left until Fall starts so everybody just pump your pumpkin spiced brakes. I am a "live in the now" gal so I struggle to get excited over the impending seasonal shift while summer is still shining down. Kindly stop trying to steal my sunny thunder by sprinkling pumpkin spice on all over my peaches, mmmkay?
Seasons mark change which can be both exciting and daunting. Newness is fresh but change can be paralyzing. There is something terribly special about that sliver of time between summer and fall, when everything seems to be in balance. You can live in the warm moments and do all of the things but you're also readying yourself to slow down and settle in. This transitional time is evident in the produce of the season too. Summery ingredients are plump and abundant but some heartier plants are beginning to sneak their way in through the side door. To really dive deep into this concept, I highly recommend Joshua McFadden's cookbook Six Seasons. He explores the fruits and veggies of each of the seasons and introduces a concept of 6 unique seasons, breaking summer into 3 abundantly distinct categories.
This Blueberry Peach Cornmeal Skillet Cake embraces the concept of the 4th season, late summer. When the crops are still warm from sun drenched days but the evenings bring a barely brisk nip to the air. The Blueberry Peach Cornmeal Skillet Cake captures some of our most cherished summer flavors and wraps them in a warm blanket of toothsome cornmeal that comforts like a beloved hoodie on a late summer night.
With this Blueberry Peach Cornmeal Skillet Cake recipe I celebrate all that is summer and the memories that came along with it. The balance of bursting blueberries and juicy peaches against the warmth from the browned butter and bourbon snuggle up comfortably in the textural cornmeal cake. It all bakes together in a humble yet trusted cast iron skillet which adds depth to the flavor and texture. This Blueberry Peach Cornmeal Skillet Cake is simple yet complex, much like that late summer season.
Before you rush out and buy the first Pumpkin Spice Latte they're slinging, I suggest savoring the late summer bounty to the last drop. Fall is beautiful but it turns into winter, fast. In these wee hours of summer, I can't think of a more appropriate way to prolong the sun filled magic than this Blueberry Peach Cornmeal Skillet Cake. Take the time, enjoy the view and live in the now.
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