Peach Yeast Cake
I love peaches. They are beautiful, juicy, flavorful, sweet and delicious in so many ways. And in the summer, we go overboard with them.
I remembered, once upon a time, of a yeast bread topped with peaches. It was thick, doughy, soft and juicy- what more could you ask for? So when I was looking for a recipe for my weekly peaches from the farmers’ market, I couldn’t find anything like what I remembered online. I tried every combination of peach, cake, yeast, and bread that I could think of, but nothing.
When I was telling my problem to my family the next day, they told me that I couldn’t find anything like it because it’s a recipe from my great grandmom. She grew up and raised kids on a farm her whole life and, from what I can tell, was the quintessential homemaker. She taught my dad’s mom how to cook, jar foods, garden, etc. I still have a pair of little booty slippers she crocheted me when I was a little boy.
My yeast bread was a slight variation of my great grandmother’s original, substituting for eggs, milk and butter. She says to top with any kind of fruit, apples, plums, blueberries, but I think peaches work best, especially during a Maryland summer when they’re fresh and available.
I peeled my peaches by making an X on the blossom side, dropping them in a pot of water and bring to a slight boil. This gets the skin to peel right off.
I was warned not to divulge the ‘secret family recipe’, but It’s a fairly simple sweet yeast dough. Mix the wet margarine, sugar and rice milk into the flour. Knead and let rest in a bowl to rise. Then you punch it down and lay it out on a sheet pan, top with peaches and let rise again. Sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar and then throw in the 350° oven for 25-30minutes.
Mine turned out perfectly. It was flaky and the juices from the peaches made the dough on the top chewy and gooey.
Topped with Trader Joe’s vanilla soy ice cream, this made the perfect treat. And apparently, this is a Baltimore thing. When I added ‘Baltimore’ to my google search, I found a few similar recipes. So I hope you give it a try and get a taste of a Baltimore summer.
Her’e a nice picture to go out on. Remember those 2 ft cucumbers from the Vegetable Garden Update?