Sunday, January 18, 2009

UPSIDE-DOWN GRAPE CAKE

2 tbsps butter
3 tbsps packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
1 1/3 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in an 8-inch square baking pan placed in the oven. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle brown sugar over the margarine. Arrange grape halves on the brown sugar/butter mixture. In a medium bowl, mix together the baking mix, granulated sugar, milk, oil, almond extract, and egg. Beat the mixture vigorously for about a half minute. Pour batter over the grapes. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Invert immediately onto a heatproof serving plate. Let pan remain in place for a few minutes, then remove. Serve warm. Add whipped cream, if desired.

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