Peaches may be best eaten freshly sliced by themselves, but if you need to make something to serve for breakfast or brunch, this is a great choice. This is inspired by a recipe in Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Everyday cookbook, which I happily received for my birthday back in May and am just now beginning to use. The cake is lovely - not too sweet, but moist and substantial - just the way you want a cake to be for brunch, or as a snack for the boys. I served it at brunch to a diverse crowd this weekend and it went over well with young and old, junk foodies and organic enthusiasts.
The main difference in my version is that I used non-dairy ingredients and I had to bake it for quite a long time. I'm beginning to think I may have a pretty crappy oven. So to make buttermilk, add one teaspoon vinegar per cup of milk used and allow to set for 15 minutes. I used coconut milk and it became a bit curdled - the perfect reaction. I replaced the eggs with ground flax - works like a charm. I made it the day before serving, covered tightly with plastic wrap, refrigerated it, and then re-heated it in the oven and found that it tasted perfectly fresh. You could certainly bake into little muffins for snacks or individual treats.
- 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain salt
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed + 6 tablespoons water (combine and set aside)
- 1.5 cups milk of choice + 1.5 teaspoons white vinegar (combine and set 15 min)
- 1/4 cup butter of choice, slightly melted
- zest of 2 lemons
- 4 cups peaches, pitted and chopped
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to
- Combine dry ingredients and mix well in a large bowl or Kitchen Aid.
- In a smaller bowl, combine flax+water, milk+vinegar, butter, and lemon zest. Add to dry mixture and combine, but don't over mix.
- Gently add peaches to cake batter an pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on top.
- Bake until set and toothpick comes out clean from the center - about 30 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack and serve or store for later.