I had some beautiful, fresh saturn peaches although I prefer the term doughnut peaches in my delivery from the farm shop and this got me thinking what delights I could make with them.
Something delicate and light so as not to over power the subtle peach flavour was in order. I decided the perfect partner would be a light and fluffy vanilla traybake.
I was overjoyed that my experiment with a recipe for this was a success first time! I hope you enjoy it.
3 ripe peaches ( I used doughnut peaches but you could use regular)
250g self raising flour
250g caster sugar
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons of milk
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
5g of icing sugar to dust over when cooled
Pre heat the oven to 180C or 170C fan. Grease and line a tin of approx 28x19cm (looks like a shallow traybake tin)
Firstly halve your peaches width ways and remove the stone, careful not to sever a digit! Slice each half into slices and arrange flesh side down sideways (so the skin is facing to the left). Do this so you have two rows of approximately six slices. Feel free to eat the rest of the peaches if you have any left over as you will not be needing any more.
This cake could not be easier as you literally get all the rest of the ingredients except for the icing sugar and whisk up in your mixing bowl. I do this with an electric whisk for ease and speed.
Spread into your tin being careful not to turn any of your peach slices. Ensure the surface is nicely even by sweeping a spatula across. Bake in the centre of the oven for 35 minutes. This cake smells amazing while it is cooking.
Remove from oven and allow too cool. Once cooled gently turn upside down onto your plate or a piece of foil on the work surface and slowly peel off the greaseproof paper.
Lightly sieve over your icing sugar. Cut into squares and devour one just to test it out!
Tip: This recipe is perfect to make just about now as the saturn peach is harvested late spring through to early Summer, so will be ripe and juicy. You don’t want to leave it too late and have peaches like missiles!