Colorado is known for its peaches, and peach season started with a bang two weeks ago when our CSA sent me home with a 10 lb flat of them. 10 pounds! 10 pounds of peaches! We ate a lot of them raw, but I baked many desserts as well to use them all before they got too soft.
My favorite one was Ina Garten’s fresh peach cake – can that woman do no wrong? It’s not overly sweet and allows the peaches to really shine, but the cake is still moist, and texturally perfect for my palate. I made a few small changes, but her recipes are always wonderful.
Fresh Peach Cake
(Adapted from Ina Garten/ Barefoot Contessa)
1 stick of room temperature unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar,
2 extra-large eggs
½ cup sour cream
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with high sides, or put a cookie sheet under your pan to catch any drips.
Fit an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat the butter and the sugar on medium-high for about 5 minutes until it is light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and then add the eggs, one at a time. Once the eggs are incorporated, add your sour cream, yogurt, and vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix until the batter is smooth and creamy.
Turn the mixer off, then sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt on top of the wet ingredients. This is not the right way to do it, but it will save you a bowl. Then turn your mixer on low and mix until everything is just combined.
Spread half of the batter down into the greased pan. Pour about half of the peaches on top, spreading as evenly as possible. Add the remaining half of the batter on top, and then arrange the rest of the peaches on top.
Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, and check it with a toothpick to make sure it’s done. Enjoy!
(As you may have noticed, my camera is temporarily out of commission, so you are looking at a blurry phone photo. Better ones coming soon, I hope!)