Autumn Burns shows Bob how to make a Hummingbird Cake.
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained (such as Crushed Pineapple in Pineapple Juice)
2 cups chopped ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted • Vegetable shortening
Cream Cheese Frosting
2(8-0z.) pkg.s cream cheese, softened
1 cup salted butter or margarine, softened
2(16-0z.) pkg.s powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted
Prepare the Cake Layers: Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, bananas, and toasted pecans. Divide batter evenly among 3 well-greased(with shortening) and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely, about 1 hour.
Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium low speed until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Increase speed to medium high, and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
Assemble Cake: Place 1 Cake Layer on a serving platter; spread top with 1 cup of the frosting. Top with second layer, and spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with third layer, and spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Arrange pecan halves on top of cake.
Place Tbsp of butter and sliced peaches in a medium high heat pan. Gently move peaches around until butter is fully melted and peaches are coated. Add brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir gently again until sugar begins to dissolve. About one minute. Carefully add bourbon. *This will cause a very small flame in the pan*. Shake pan gently to ease the flame and let bourbon incorporate. Reduce heat to low simmer and let liquid reduce by half. Remove from heat and let cool while you make the cobbler batter.
Combine all ingredients and whisk together until smooth and free of lumps.
Pour peach mixture into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Smooth mixture evenly to all edges. Slowly pour batter over mixture. Be sure to cover evenly and to all the edges. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until center in stiff only slightly shakes. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftover cobbler covered for 3-5 days.
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Bob: Joining me today and downtown Florence at the City Center Market. Kitchen is Chef Johnathan Polson with Victors Restaurant,a mainstay, a landmark here in downtown Florence. Johnathan, I got to tell you. It is a pleasure to have you here as a guest chef on the show today. But I am really excited about the recipe. Tell us about that.
Johnathan Polson: Yeah, it is good to be here, Bob. Thank you for having us and thank you for showcasing Florence. We are going to go very, very, very simple peach cobbler for you, guys. Something anybody could do at home. Very simple ingredients, very easy procedure. What I am going to do is I have got about three cups chopped peaches. I am going to add those to the pan with about a tablespoon of butter.
Bob: Now, you know, I have to tell you, Johnathan, I have never believe I have ever seen a cobbler started in the frying pan.
Johnathan: Yeah, what we are going to do is we are going to try to get a little caramelization on these peaches real quick.
Bob: Okay. I got you.
Johnathan. We are actually going to then deglaze them with a little bit of bourbon once we get down.
Bob: I tell you. Whiskey is always good.
Johnathan: You cannot really go wrong with it. You cannot really go wrong.
Bob: There you go. Now, you, guys, you have this at Victors. You are a landmark. Okay, what? Twenty plus years in downtown Florence?
Johnathan: That is correct. We have been in Florence for about twenty years. We are currently located downtown Florence. We are in the lobby of Hotel Florence and we have been there about seven years now. It is nice to be downtown. It is nice to see the growth going on down here as well.
Bob: Yeah, man.
Johnathan: So once that butter kind of incorporates a little bit, we are going to add a few more ingredients. We are going to add some brown sugar. We are going to add a tablespoon of vanilla. we are going to add a pinch of salt.
Bob: I just got to have a little bitterness, too.
Johnathan: A little bit.
Bob: Now, folks, if you want a copy of Johnathan’s recipe and more about Victors, just log on to bobredfern.com and we will have it posted right there under the Sportsman’s Table. Oh man, I take it that there is folks love fresh peach cobbler.
Johnathan: Yeah, and it is a great mainstay here in South Carolina, you know. Technically we are not the peach state, but I think a lot of people in South Carolina including the Department of Agriculture would argue that. Maybe we are the peach state.
Bob: I think so. Okay, I think peach for peach. I think we produce more peaches than Georgia.
Johnathan: We do. We do.
Bob: Look at that. Oh, man. The Flames.
Johnathan: Yes, we are going to put a little bit of flame on there and be careful. You can se, almost burned myself even as experienced as I am. And what we are going to do is we are just going to let that simmer just a little bit just to cook some of the alcohol out of it. That way, you know, we know it is safe for your kids, safe for your granny. Everybody can have a little bit of it. It is going to be all right.
Bob: And I tell you what, on Johnathan’s behalf, okay, bourbon is for cooking, not for drinking. Okay? So just remember that.
Johnathan: We are just going to let that reduce down just a little bit. Once it reduces by about half and kind of makes a little syrup on it, we are going to cut it off and we are just going to let it cool for a minute while we mix up our cobbler batter. All right, Bob very simple cobbler recipe. This is basic one to one to one ratio. One cup flour, one cup sugar, and one cup of milk. We are going to add a little bit of melted butter in there because we are in south and everything needs butter.
Bob: Yeah, listen. It always gets better with butter.
Johnathan: Now, we are just going to whisk this up real lightly just to get some of the main lumps out of it. If it is a little lumpy still, it is not a big deal. And Bob, as I pour this over here, if you do not mind just grabbing each one and throw them in the oven for me.
Bob: Oh, I will do it.
Johnathan: We are going to cover them just to the rim of these little pans that I have here.
Bob: All right, I can do that in a heartbeat. That is something I could do. Now, I cannot cook, but I sure can eat and I can help. All right. That is awesome. Look at that. Now, how long are they going to stay in there?
Johnathan: They are going to go in for about twenty minutes or at least until the center is nice and firm. You just do not want it to be liquidy anymore.
Bob: All right, John. I will do my part here both.
Johnathan: Yes, sir. Go ahead and bring them over to the table for us. Everybody knows you cannot have cobbler, we will a little bit of ice cream over that. So we are going to finish these off just like that.
Bob: Yep. Got a little bit of that heat at the backdrop.
Johnathan: And right there, we have Bourbon Peach Cobbler a la Mode.
Bob: Delicious. Johnathan, thank you so much.
Johnathan: Yes, sir. It is a pleasure being here.
Bob: I really appreciate it so much and folks, listen. If you are in downtown Florence and the beautiful state of South Carolina, you want to test more of these great recipes. Come on down to downtown Florence here at the City Center Market. Victors will be right there and I tell you what, if you also want to check on what is fresh on the menu, log onto certifiedscgrown.com and see it for yourself. And we will be right back here again next week with another great recipe on the Sportsman’s Table.
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Appetite Delight Restaurant & Catering 3726 Oliver Road Vea Ella Gee Timmonsville, SC 29161 (843) 992-9249
Three Layer Strawberry Cake
1 (18.25 oz.) package white cake mix
1 (3-oz.) package strawberry gelatin
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries 1/2 whipping cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°. Beat cake mix and next 7 ingredient at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat at medium speed 2 more minutes, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. (Strawberries should be well blended.)
Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until cakes spring back when pressed lightly with a finger. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and let cool 1 hour or until completely cool.
Spread Strawberry Buttercream Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve.
1 cup of fresh strawberries finely chopped 1 tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in a 1/2 cup of water 1/2 cup of sugar
Mix all together in a pan. Cook on low heat until it thickens
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Beat 1 cup butter, softened, at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy (about 20 seconds). Add 1 (32 oz.) package powered sugar and 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries: beat at low speed until creamy. (Add more sugar if frosting is too thin, or add more strawberries if too thick.)
5. Lastly, put some strawberry filling in between each layer, as you add in each on top of the other. Then cover cake with strawberry buttercream frosting on and around entire cake.