Tuesday, September 23, 2008

TWD- Dimply Peach Cake

Fall is not quite here but I am absolutely in love with these fall desserts. I just bought a 20 pound box of Utah peaches that have been gracing every meal around here- diced into cereal or cottage cheese, grabbed for a quick snack, sliced for lunch, and baked into something for dessert. I've even got some peach sorbet coming tomorrow. So when I saw this recipe, and smelled my fragrant, enormous box of peaches, I knew I'd have Dimply Peach Cake for Saturday's breakfast. Although I was assured that oatmeal would be sufficient and no cake was necessary, the platter was empty less than a half an hour after the cake came out of the oven.

I've included my recipe below since I made several modifications that I'd like to remember. First, I subbed whole wheat flour for 1/3 of the all-purpose flour (1/2 cup). I also included cinnamon and lemon zest to compliment the peaches, which I halved and then sliced each half into thirds. I also dished it up with a little pastry cream. Let's be honest here... what doesn't taste good with a little pastry cream?

After the first bite, I immediately thought of a reversed peach cobbler. Lots of cobbler with some sweet, soft fruit on top. The cake is moist and flavorful, soft and delicious. It easily held it's own flipping out of the pan and back onto a platter- no breaks here.

Do be careful to bake it fully or the fruit might collapse into the middle (my cake took about 2 minutes more than Dorie said, but I would check about 5 minutes before the buzzer goes off and pierce the center with a thin knife to be sure). Thanks Michelle for the great TWD choice. Next week- Creme Brulee!

Dimply Peach Cake
Adapted from Baking by Dorie Greenspan

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup flavorless oil, such as canola or safflower
Grated zest of 1 lemon or orange
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 ripe peaches, pitted, halved, and sliced into thirds (6 slices per peach)

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan, dust the inside with flour, tap out the excess and put the pan on a baking sheet. (I actually buttered my pan this time but a nice even spray of Pam with Flour would work here)

Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together.

Working with a mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until soft and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the sugar and beat for another 2 minutes, then add the eggs, one at a time, and beat for a minute after each addition. On medium speed, beat in the oil, lemon zest, and vanilla. The batter will look smooth and creamy, almost satiny (with the whole wheat flour and cinnamon it will have a nice light brown color). Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated.

Run a spatula around the bowl and under the batter, just to make sure there are no dry spots, then scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Arrange the peaches in an evenly spaced pattern, lying each slice on it's side and slightly jiggling the pan just so the fruit settles comfortably into the batter.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes , or until the top is honey brown and puffed around the fruit and a thin knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 15 minutes- during which time the peaches juices will seep back into the cake- then run a knife around the sides of the pan and unmold the cake. Invert and cool right side up.

Serve with whipped cream or a dollop of pastry cream for breakfast. For dessert, add a small scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

43 comments:

HoneyB said...

Looks awesome and peaches are so yummy, they are good in anything!

Engineer Baker said...

20 pounds of peaches?! I am so jealous! I've been mowing through the stone fruits as well, but I have to admit I'm looking forward to more fall-ish fruits - apples!

Lori said...

brilliant - not just using peaches instead of plums, but slicing them instead of halving them. i think you made all the right modifications, and i want a piece of YOURS. the photos are gorgeous.

Cathy said...

It looks gorgeous, and I love the variations in your recipe. With twenty pounds of peaches, I might make a few more of these cakes! I really like peaches better than plums, so I should have just gone with that rather that using plums. Your pictures are superb, as always!

Pamela said...

The cake looks wonderful and it sounds like it was really enjoyed. Ours disappeared quickly, too. It was a delicious little treat.

Jess said...

The peach version looks wonderful...this really is a breakfast cake! Glad it turned out so well for you.

Christine said...

Lucky you on the 20 lbs of peaches, look at all you get to create! Your cake looks gorgeous and I love all your variations! I was just thinking it would be wonderful with custard!

vibi said...

Looks yummy!
Those peaches seem to be having the time of their life, bathing in the sun comfortably tucked in a sweet batter! MMMMmmmm...
Great Job!

Prudy said...

That's beautiful with the peaches and I love the whole wheat sub. I wish I had a 20 lb. box of peaches. Especially so I could make your cake.

Susie Homemaker said...

Your pics make me ALMOST wish I made it!! Nice job!

CB said...

Amen sister. Everythings better with a little pastry cream! Glad you enjoyed your breakfast cake! ;) Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Katrina said...

Yum! I prefer a peach to a plum and the cake sure sounds great!

Mara said...

mmmm pastry cream!!! i also used white wheat flour...love the whole grain addition in baked goods. looks fabulous. send me some peaches willya?!

Di said...

Your photos are absolutely beautiful. And I'm quite envious of all your peaches. =)

Maria said...

I have made it with plums but not peaches! I can't wait to try it!

Mary Ann said...

Lovely adaptations. I love the light coming into your pictures! I must say I am enjoying the peaches as well!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love your modifications. Looks delicious and what a great breakfast!

ostwestwind said...

I have to admit I would never think of breakfast with this cake ;-)-

Your cake looks wonderful

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Erin said...

Your cake looks great. I love the peaches :)

Marie said...

Your cake looks fabulous with the peaches! Well done! I loved this cake. I may try a peach version next time!

Aggie said...

What a beautiful cake Anne!

chocolatechic said...

It looks beautiful.

I heart peaches.

TeaLady said...

This looks and bet it tasted fantastic. Great pics! YUMMY!!!

Jacque said...

Your version sounds absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing.

I second the wonders of pastry cream, lol.

Jenny said...

Gorgeous my dear! The colors are lovely, great pics!

Tracey said...

Wow, your cake looks gorgeous! You make me want to try it with peaches next time.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

you are right--reverse cobbler! looks great, and how nice to have so many peaches!!

Peggy said...

Yum. Peaches with the cream. Your photos are beautiful. And 20 lbs of peaches. I wish we lived next door to you and I would snatch some of those! :)

n.o.e said...

Super pretty cake, Anne. I used whole wheat flour also and it added a lot to the taste and texture, imo. Love the peaches - I'll be sad to see peach season end.
Can't wait to see your peach sorbet. I have a brand new ice cream maker as of yesterday.
Nancy

Kayte said...

OMW...the photos, the post, the food...wow, wow, wow. Absolutely gorgeous and delicious looking...how do you do this week after week after week after week? I so want to be you when I grow up.

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The Food Librarian said...

Wow! Everything looks wonderful and brilliant!!! Love it!

Steph said...

I used peaches too and very glad that I did. Your pictures look great and the lighting is perfect!

Casasailer said...

Your peach variation looks super yummy. Thanks for the welcome!

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Madam Chow said...

That cake looks so wonderful!
Madam Chow
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bakingwiththeboys said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I remember when we lived in AZ I was ready for fall foods despite that fact that it was still hot hot hot.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi anne
nice dimply cake..i also loved your cupcakes !

Amanda said...

I'm so excited, I just signed up to join Tuesdays with Dorie! So many fabulous recipes, I just can't wait!

I love your blog, such gorgeous photos~ :)

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

A bounty of peaches! I'd never leave the house. ;)

And, YES, everything goes with pastry cream. Mmmmmmmm.

Rachel said...

Your cake looks great--I just started TWD and I love your blog!

Erin said...

This looks great! I love peaches and already miss having the really good ones from the summer here. I will have to try this with peaches next time!

kim said...

yum, it looks so great... can't say no to a little pastry cream :)

Barbara said...

Oh, I wish I had your cake! Slicing the fruit was a great idea.

Matt's Kitchen said...

A beautiful presentation of such a simple and homey dessert. I love the bars of sunlight streaking across it!