Monday, August 25, 2014

Farmer's Market Fresh Peach Cake

It's Monday, it's the last full week of summer, let's make the most of it! 
 
I often find that when I go to the farmer's market my eyes are much bigger than my stomach, causing me to buy bags of fresh peaches, nectarines, corn, tomatoes, that I can't possibly finish on my own, but they just look soooooo good. 
 
Inspired by Clara, I brought this cake out to Fire Island for my dear friend Karen's bachelorette this weekend and it was a huge hit!  More to come on bachelorette festivities, but if you're like me and are looking for something to do with all those extra peaches from the farmer's market, I highly recommend this cake!  Not too sweet, perfect for breakfast (or post beach snack or late night munchies!)

 



Fresh Peach Cake
slightly adapted from Clara Persis
1/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
2 extra-large eggs, room temperature
1heaping cup Greek yogurt, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large, ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced (3 medium sized)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square or round baking pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar for 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, then the Greek yogurt and vanilla, and mix until the batter is smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix just until combined. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon.

Spread half of the batter evenly in the pan. Top with half of the peaches, then sprinkle with two-thirds of the sugar mixture. Spread the remaining batter on top, arrange the remaining peaches on top, and sprinkle with the remaining sugar mixture and the pecans.

Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes (I found mine needed the full 55), until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. Keeps for up to 4 days on counter top, tightly covered
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