July 12, 2011

Summer Peach Cake

Summer!  Oh honey, honey!
I have been slowly weaning my way off of caffeine in the past two weeks.  I have had some set backs and moments I didn't think I was going to make it through yoga class without consistently yawning every time she said "inhale" and therefore causing the yoga teacher to yawn.  When I made eye contact with her, her evil eye made an appearance and she called me out on it.  I had it coming!  If she wasn't the best friend ever I would have cried.  Not really.  I'm just being dramatic.  I just started watching Glee and I want to sing and dance my way through my day!  Speaking of Yoga, yesterday was terrible!  I was so incredibly sore afterwards and I've been doing yoga for quite a while now.  What was up with that?  I feel much better today.


Summer Peach Cake

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 pounds peaches, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges - I used organic and they were great!
  • 5 Tbsp. peach brandy
  • 4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp. plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup packed (3 1/2 oz) light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/3 cup panko break crumbs, crushed fine - I put them in a baggie and smashed them with a rolling pin
Instructions:
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees.  Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with Pam.  Gently toss 24 peach wedges with 2 Tbsp. brandy, 2 tsp. lemon juice, and 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar in bowl; set aside.
  2. Cut remaining peach wedges crosswise into thirds.  Gently toss chunks with remaining 3 Tbsp. brandy, remaining 2 tsp. lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar in bowl.  Spread peach chunks in single layer on prepared sheet and bake until exuded juices begin to thicken and caramelize at edges of sheet, 20 - 25 minutes.  Transfer sheet to wire rack and let peaches cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.  Reduce oven to 350.
  3. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with Pam.  Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in bowl.  Whisk brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and eggs together in second bowl until thick and homogeneous, about 45 seconds.  Slowly whisk in butter until combined.  Add sour cream, vanilla, and 1/4 tsp. almond extract; whisk until combined.  Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
  4. Transfer half of batter to prepared pan; using offset spatula, spread batter evenly to pan edges and smooth surface.  Sprinkle crushed bread crumbs evenly over cooled peach chunks and gently toss to coat.  Arrange peach chunks on batter in even layer, gently pressing peaches into batter.  Gently spread remaining batter over peach chunks and smooth top.  Arrange reserved peach wedges, slightly overlapped, in ring over surface of cake, placing smaller wedges in center.  Stir together remaining 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar and remaining 1/8 tsp. almond extract in small bowl until sugar is moistened.  Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over top of cake.
  5. Bake until center of cake is set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 - 60 minutes.  Transfer pan to wire rack; cool 5 minutes.  Run pairing knife around sides of cake to loosen.  Remove cake from pan and let cool completely, 2 to 3 hours.  Cut into wedges and serve.

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated

P.S. This cake was so fantastically awesome!

~ Enjoy!

17 comments:

  1. Hey Dee. This looks amazing. Love anything with peach in it. I am not good at yoga. I am not flexible at all. I get myself in situations I cannot get out of and end up laughing. I do better at home where no one can see me. The downside is if I get stuck there is no one to help.

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  2. @Kim Bee
    Lol! I can see how that would be a problem. You could get yourself tied up in a knot and have to wait until someone came home to untie you!

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  3. summer peach cake sounds soooooo perfect right now!!! this is like a combo of a cobbler and a cake! love those fresh peach wedges in there :D

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  4. @Junia
    Yes! It was exactly like a cake/cobbler! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Yum, this looks delicious. I love cakes like this especially with a good cup of coffee. It sounds good with the almond flavoring too. Beautiful pictures!

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  6. Ooooh... I love the sound of this cake... It makes me want to go bake one now & put on a pot of tea to go with it! So delicious... Thanks for sharing! Gorgeous photographs!

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  7. This looks just perfect and right up my alley!

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  8. I used to drink about 3-7 cups a day, back in my first year of uni. I quit the year after and suffered horrendous insomnia for 6 months. (I used to drink coffee to sleep you see). Now I am free from caffeine and a little bit healthier bodywise and financial too.

    As per your cake? I just need a great tea and a sit by the balcony. No need for yoga for that simple everyday blissful experience. Yuuuuuummmmmmm.

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  9. I want to yoga...I also want to eat this cake. I'm not in charge of any cooking assignments for the family reunion this weekend, but I'm thinkin' I might have to just whip this up.

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  10. What a great looking peach cake Dee! The peach brandy is a nice touch and I also love the inclusion of almond extract. Yum!!

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  11. Haha your yoga story was funny. I fell asleep a couple of times when the lights turned off at the end. I saw some guy snoring too (I hope I wasn't). Your peach cake looks delicious! I love how you always use fruits in your desserts. Deelicious! ;-)

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  12. Very moist and packed with peaches-I could not ask for anything more in a delicious summer cake. Fantastic!

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  13. Oh I feel all guilty now for skipping yoga class for the past two years. I had better have some soul-soothing Summer Peach Cake, Dee. Ommmmmmmmmm! Loving the brandy too.

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  14. Funny! Love it! Maybe that is why I don't do yoga? Great cake!

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  15. I've given up coffee little over 2 years ago and felt and still feels so good. Now, if only I join yoga classes. Sigh

    The peach cake looks and sounds great, perfect as an after dinner dessert or why not, as breakfast?

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  16. OMG!!! This cake looks delicious! Great job :)

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  17. Deelish! Hmm...peaches do speak of summer.

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