Peach Blueberry Cake

What a dilemma! Is this a peach and blueberry cake? Sort of, there is a sort of cake that lines the pan and cups the fruit. Is it a peach and blueberry tart? Kind of, but not in the traditional sense, there is much more filling. Is it a peach and blueberry pie? Definitely not, even if the proportion of filling to cake is more like a deep-dish pie than a tart. There's just one solution. Make it and decide for yourself what this genre-bending summer dessert should be called.

Peach Blueberry Cake


REVIEWS
"I suspended disbelief at the baking time ... it was wonderful! " ~ Mireille
"... it came out like a dream. Really delicious ..." ~ LeLo in NoPo


Come early August, there’s a brief window when the blueberries are still plentiful and inexpensive and the local peaches are ripe and luscious.

Last summer, there was no getting enough of this country-rustic cake. The peach man at the farmers market took notice, grinning each time I stopped by for another lug.

Cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, cherries and apricots are one thing. But peaches are heaven you can hold in your hand.

So hurry, don’t let this year’s peach and blueberry window close without trying this delicious cake. Along with the peach man, your family will soon be grinning.

BROWN SUGAR PEACHES

For a simple summer dessert, mix two tablespoons of brown sugar with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Gently stir in a pound of perfectly ripe sliced peaches, let macerate for about two hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with cream whipped with a bit of almond extract or cinnamon.

ALANNA's TIPS I've mixed the cake batter with a mixer too and it does work. Without a side-by-side comparison, I believe that the food processor yields a lighter, more cake-like crust, where the mixer yields something thinner and denser. Mind you, both are good! When pressing the cake dough into the springform pan, be patient. At times, you'll wonder if there is enough. There is, just gently work it down the sides and across the bottom of the pan, paying special attention to the corners. Pan color makes a difference! If your springform pan is light in color, bake this cake at 375F, if it’s dark, at 350F. The accepted wisdom among expert bakers is to reduce baking temperature by 25 degrees whenever using a dark pan. The term “dry ingredients’ is kitchen shorthand for ingredients such as flour, sugar and spices along with leavening agents like baking powder and baking soda. For a mid-winter taste of summer, make this with frozen peaches and blueberries.
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PEACH BLUEBERRY CAKE

Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Oven time: 1-3/4hours
Serves 10
    CAKE
  • 1-1/2 cups (195g) flour
  • 1/2 cup (90g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick, 113g) butter, diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    FRUIT TOPPING
  • 1/2 cup (90g) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (20g) flour
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pounds (900g) perfectly ripe peaches, peels on, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

CAKE Briefly pulse the dry ingredients (see ALANNA’s TIPS) in a food processor (see TIPS). Add the butter and pulse until mixture becomes a coarse meal with some pea-sized lumps of butter. Add egg and vanilla, pulse just until dough forms a ball. With floured hands, press dough, sides first, into a 9-inch springform pan (see TIPS). Refrigerate while mixing the fruit topping.

FRUIT TOPPING Preheat oven to 375F or 350F (see TIPS). Combine dry ingredients (see TIPS) in a large bowl, then stir in the fruit, zest and lemon juice. Spoon fruit topping evenly onto the crust.

BAKE Cover pan loosely with foil. Bake until filling is bubbly and the crust golden, about 1-3/4 hours. (It’s not a typo, this cake does indeed bake for nearly two hours. If you like, test the cake after an hour and every 15 minutes thereafter. I find it isn't needed but it might make you feel better to check! Do be sure to cover with foil so the top doesn’t burn.) Remove from oven and let rest: not to worry, the fruit filling will firm up as the cake cools.

SERVE Serve at room temperature. Frozen yogurt on the side is excellent, so is a spoonful of softly whipped cream, but really, no topping is needed.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Slice: 291 Calories; 10g Tot Fat; 6g Sat Fat; 48g Carb; 2g Fiber; 59mg Sodium; 49mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers Old Points 6, PointsPlus 8
Adapted from the much-missed Gourmet magazine, July 2005, which explains that the long baking time prevents the ripe fruit from releasing their juices.

LATER NOTES
Sugar | In 2008, I accidentally omitted the sugar in the fruit. But it's still plenty sweet and perhaps better if serving, say, for a morning bread, instead of a dessert.
Greasing the pan | To be careful, do grease the pan. I've had no trouble removing the cake from my springform pan, but others have.

Is It Cake? A Tart? A Pie?


Peach Blueberry Pie

You can see, here, that this is "almost" a peach blueberry pie. But somehow, it's still cake. No matter what you call this rustic fruit dessert, it looks and tastes like summer.

FYI, the fruit didn't set up here as much as it usually does. I suspect an hour in the fridge would have made it quite firm but I happen to like the soft, deep flavors of fruit served at room temperature so left it this way.


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Oh boy!! I started drooling when I saw that!! I'm not kidding--real drool. How unseemly.
 
I'm having a cup of coffee at the moment but it would be greatly improved with a piece of this cake! I also baked a peach cake today and am amazed at how versatile peaches are in baking. I usually just eat them out of hand so I never get to bake them.

This is a fantastic recipe, Alanna!
 
I suspended disbelief at the baking time and made this last night ... it was wonderful! Thanks so much for this recipe! xoxo
 
I have to try this one, and what a fabulous excuse to buy a new springform pan! You know we AGD's are always looking for an excuse to shop :)
 
We landed upon some very beautiful and very ripe peaches at the farmer's market this weekend, and with a bag of frozen blueberries we picked earlier this season, I knew I could make this. What a great alternative to pie crust: I don't have a springform pan so I pressed the dough into my stone deep dish pie pan and it came out like a dream. Really delicious, and the lemon (I added extra lemon juice) really gave it depth and cut the sweetness. Shared it with a neighbor, and I'd definitely make this again. Thank you!
 
Lelo ~ Yay, so glad it worked for you! It's especially good to know that it works in a deep dish pie pan too!! Thanks for taking the time to let me know ...
 
I made this cake for the first time tonight. I adjusted the temperature accordingly but I ended up with a burnt cake! I was SO disappointed :( I took it out before the time was up, thank goodness, or the fruit filling would have burnt as well.

The problem with this cake??... I think the cooking time is way too long. And I paid great attention to the length of time it called for, thinking at first that it was a typo. But then I read and reread the tips and it said that no, the cooking time was in fact close to 2hrs. I didn't want to disturb it too early in the cooking time, but geesh, there was no fear of that! I think an hour would have been plenty of time.

The filling has great potential. It's the perfect amount of blueberries in proportion to the peaches. Some recipes have too many blueberries and you can hardly tell the peach is even there. However, I think a shorter cooking time would have left the fruit with a brighter taste and appearance.

I ended up scraping the fruit off it and eating it so I wouldn't feel so bad about wasting the rest of it. What a bummer :( I'm scared to try this recipe again...
 
Hi Lizzie, So sorry you had trouble, what a disappointment.

Please be assured that this recipe has been tested not just once but many times, including as recently as a month ago here in my own kitchen (plus the commenters, plus at least three of my own friends that made/loved the cake).

The baking time IS a long time, but even then, it's always good to watch timing carefully the first time a new recipe is used. I suspect the difference in our results is either in the oven temperature, the pan, what was used to grease the pan, who knows what else? Perhaps even the sweetness of the fruit.

I guess it goes to show that cooking is as much art as science. Still, it does nothing to change your disappointment, for this I am truly sorry.
 

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