This past weekend, my friend Dana and I took a scenic day trip out to Middleburg, VA to do a little winery hopping, antique shopping, aimless walking around, and other fun stuff husbands don’t generally love to do 😉. On the way home, we stopped at a roadside stand selling bushels of sweet, drip-down-your-chin peaches of every variety. I couldn’t resist buying way too many, so this fresh peach cake was born a few days later. It’s heavy on the crunchy streusel topping and spiced with fragrant cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. I love it as a coffee cake for brunch, but it’s also wonderful topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream after dinner. Use yellow peaches, if possible – white peaches won’t show up as nicely in the cake.
Here’s what you’ll need.
Begin with the topping. In a small bowl, combine the flour, melted butter, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and salt.
Mix until evenly combined and set aside.
For the cake, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom in a medium bowl.
Whisk to combine, then set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla.
Beat until combined, about 20 seconds.
Add the flour mixture and milk.
Beat on low speed until evenly incorporated. (Note: the batter will be quite thick.)
Transfer the batter to a 9-inch springform pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula.
Arrange the peaches on top in concentric circles, pressing them partially into the batter.
Using a spoon and/or your fingers, sprinkle the clumpy streusel topping over the peaches.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden on top and set in the center, and a cake tester comes out clean.
Serve alone or topped with ice cream and whipped cream.
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Peach Cake with Pecan Streusel
For the Streusel Topping
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 6 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- Heaping 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
For the Cake
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1-1/2 pounds peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced about 1/3-inch thick (you'll need 3 to 4 peaches)
- Make the Topping: In a small bowl, mix together the flour, melted butter, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and salt until evenly combined. (The mixture will be wet.) Set aside.
- Make the Cake: Set a rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour such as Baker's Joy or Pam Baking Spray with Flour. (Alternatively, grease the pan with butter and dust lightly with flour.)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined, about 20 seconds. Add the flour mixture and milk, and beat on low speed until evenly incorporated. (Note: the batter will be quite thick.)
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Arrange the peaches on top in concentric circles, pressing them partially into the batter. Using a spoon and/or your fingers, sprinkle the clumpy streusel topping over the peaches. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden on top and set in the center, and a cake tester comes out clean.
- Right after removing the cake from the oven, run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake from the sides. Let cool for about 20 minutes, then remove the springform edge, leaving the base in place. Let the cake cool on a rack. Slice and serve warm or room temperature with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.
- Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, double-wrap it securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in heavy-duty freezer bag. Thaw on the countertop the night before you plan to eat it. If desired, before serving, reheat it for a few minutes in the oven until slightly warmed.
- Per serving (10 servings)
- Serving size: 1 slice
- Calories: 409
- Fat: 22 g
- Saturated fat: 10 g
- Carbohydrates: 52 g
- Sugar: 32 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 5 g
- Sodium: 188 mg
- Cholesterol: 59 mg
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