It is kinda embarrassing that more than a month after I launched my blog I finally managed to work on my second post. Do you ever have one of those days, when you don’t feel like doing anything else than eating pizza in front of the TV after a long day of work? Well, the whole last month was pretty much like that for me. Yikes.
One of the things that I love most about Fall is all of the amazing fruits and vegetables that are in Season. Last weekend my parents gave me a big basket of juicy white peaches freshly picked from our garden, therefore I decided to stop hibernating and get back into the kitchen. A few years ago when I did an internship at an editorial in Hamburg one of the editors-in-chief brought a sheet cake with peaches and amaretti cookies. The best part about the cake is that the cookies melt right into the dough and leave little marzipan/amaretto-flavored spots. Since I forgot to ask her for the recipe I decided to come up with my own interpretation of a peach cake with amaretti.
For the base I used a basic sponge cake recipe.
1 ½ cups (300 grams) of sugar
2 sticks (250 grams) of butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
a pinch of salt
5 teaspoons of baking powder
2 ½ cups (300 grams) of all-purpose flour
8 tablespoons heavy cream
about 1 pound of peaches (cut in slices)
6 ounces of amaretti cookies (or to taste)
1. Preheat the oven to 347 °F (175° C).
2. Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy.
3. Sift flour and baking powder.
4. Add flour mixture, eggs and heavy cream to the butter mixture and mix until you get a smooth dough.
5. Pour about less than half of the dough in a prepared cake tin. Arrange amaretti cookies and pour the rest of the dough on top.
6. Arrange the peaches on top of the cake.
7. Bake for about 1 hour (or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean) on the bottom rack.
I personally like how the amaretto flavor of the cookies complements the flavor of the peaches, and though I am a sucker for peach cobbler I believe that this is a nice alternative. Do you have a favorite Fall recipe?