Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

September 02, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Desserts

Peaches, peaches, peaches…I’m drowning in peaches. Perfect, I say! I’ll make a peach streusel coffee cake. I found this recipe on Annie’s Eats and I’m really glad I did. It was very simple to make and I can say that I made the entire thing – from top to bottom – from scratch!

I adjusted the recipe only slightly and only in the streusel topping. I used a dark brown sugar instead of light. And, rather than using a 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, I split the difference and and used 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and a 1/4 cup of raw sugar.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake
from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients:

For the streusel:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp. (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

For the cake:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2-3 firm, ripe peaches, 1 lb. total, peeled and sliced

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9-inch round springform pan.

To make the streusel, in a bowl, stir together the flour, brown and granulated sugars and cinnamon.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Add the butter and, using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut or rub in the butter until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

To make the cake, in a bowl, stir together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed or a wire whisk, beat the egg, melted butter, milk, vanilla and almond extract until creamy, about 1 minute.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Add to the flour mixture and beat just until evenly moistened. There should be no lumps or dry spots. Do not overmix.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Arrange the peach slices in concentric circles from the pan sides to the center. (Note: I used a square pan so I arranged mine in rows.) Gently press the slices into the batter.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Sprinkle evenly with the streusel.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Bake until the topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Remove the sides of the springform pan. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature, cut into wedges.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

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Peach, Strawberry, and Banana Smoothie

August 30, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Other, Snacks/Appetizers

I always forget how good smoothies are so when I finally do get around to making one I kick myself for not making them more often. The hardest part of making the smoothie is cleaning the blender when you’re done. And, really, that’s not so bad.

This version was made with yogurt but you can also substitute a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt instead. Alternatively, you can throw some orange juice into the mix – the result is a little more “juicy” than “smoothie” but it’s still the same concept.

Peach, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie
by Megabeth

1 peach, peeled, cut into chunks
5-6 strawberries, cut into chunks
1/2 banana (or full banana), cut into chunks
1 cup organic, fat-free vanilla yogurt
2 cups ice*
1 tablespoon honey (optional depending on how sweet the yogurt is)

Throw all the ingredients into the blender and process until the ice is crushed. (You can leave the honey out until after you blend so that you can taste test for sweetness.)

* My blender doesn’t like large chunks of ice so I try to throw smaller pieces in. If you have large ice cubes, you might want to throw them into a bag and crush them with a hammer (or blunt instrument of your choice)before putting in the blender. Alternatively, you can fill an ice tray with only a little bit of water so that the resulting cubes are smaller.

Peach, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie
Peach, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie
Peach, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

CSA Delivery #6 – July 7, 2009

July 08, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: CSA Delivery

I need to interrupt the special Tour de France programing to report on this week’s CSA delivery. Don’t fret, though. I’ll be back tomorrow with another French-themed recipe.

I was very excited when I opened this box because there was not one green onion. In fact, there were several new things in this box including lots of fruits – apricots, peaches and white plums. We also received some beets (which have since been put to good use), zucchini (also put to good use), and a cucumber. Finally, a nice little herb plant was also included in the mix. I need to do some research to figure out what it is…

Good stuff!

CSA #10 – August 6, 2008

August 06, 2008 By: Megabeth Category: CSA Delivery

We are at the mid-point of our 2008 CSA deliveries. We received a head of the cabbage that was just in the ground last weekend.

Cabbage

The yellow squash and cucumbers this week were huge and the tomatoes are so good that they are already half eaten. We also received our first sweet corn of the season. Rounding out the delivery this week were some more peaches and a dill plant.


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