Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Peaches and Cream Cake

It was a warm day and I thought of autumn. I was wearing shorts and I still thought of autumn. Why am I thinking such thoughts? I need to be strong and think about something else. The leaves aren't changing yet. The way to fight autumn (besides move) is to make a dish that is so summer. For me, peaches are always a taste of summer. A cake with peaches and whip cream is a delicious way to hold summer a little longer. Can you tell I'm not ready to say good-bye to summer?
Peaches and Cream Cake
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup vanilla yogurt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced 
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 8 inch circle baking pans. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter with 1 cup sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the yogurt and vanilla. Mix until incorporated. 
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until just combined.
  8. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon.
  9. Toss all the peach slices except 1/2 cup for garnish with the cinnamon sugar.
  10. Gently fold the peaches into the batter.
  11. Evenly divide the batter between the two baking pans.
  12. Bake the cakes for 30 minutes and until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  13. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting.
  14. In a small bowl, whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar with a mixer until soft peaks form. Whip for a few more seconds.
  15. Layer half the whip cream on top of one of the cakes.
  16. Place the second cake on top of the whip cream.
  17. Top the cake with the remaining peach slices for garnish.
  18. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten.

One year ago............................I made Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins. Two years ago...............................I made Streusel Cake.
Did you already know.............
-There are over 200 varieties of peaches.
-Peaches and nectarines are from the same species.
-Nectarines have a recessive gene which gives them the lack of fuzz.

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