I love this time of year. Ontario-grown peaches are in season, and I’m a big fan of supporting local farmers. Peach season is, for better or worse, the beginning of the end of summer, the harbinger of the autumn harvest – and even faster than our warmest seasons end do they ripen and turn to spoil. So what to do when you’ve got a lot of peaches to use up quickly, and not a lot of time?
One answer, and the most obvious, would simply be to eat them. You could also throw them in a smoothie, or cut them up and freeze them. But if you’re fond of baking, peach kuchen is a good choice. It’s quick to make, quick to disappear – and perfect with afternoon tea.
I don’t know just how authentic my recipe is, but it’s the one I first tried years ago when I had just moved into my current home, and it’s the one that has stuck with me. Aside from the peaches, the ingredients are things I always have on hand. It should also be noted that if you’re looking for a dessert with classic North American sweetness and moist crumb, you should save this recipe for another time – it’s a drier, milder cake, but it’s light and lets the flavour of the peaches shine through on their own.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium-sized peaches, cut into 8ths
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Sliced, blanched almonds
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease and flour a 9 inch springform pan.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture, then spread dough evenly over the bottom of the pan, making it slightly higher along the sides.
Arrange peach slices in an even layer over dough. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and almonds.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
*This recipe is adapted from AllRecipes. You can view the original recipe here.
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