Growing up in Grand Junction, Colorado, we (my siblings and cousins and friends) had jobs in the fall picking peaches, which is produced in the area because of the climate and altitude.
We picked along-side the migrant workers who were there to feed their families and make a living. We were not educated to that fact at the time, and so hope we didn’t take anything away from them, but our pickings were not enough to amount to what they were able to do. We always found them gracious and friendly and often brought their children along and also played their upbeat Mexican music in the orchards.
It was hard and sweaty and sticky work, but I think of those pickers every fall.
Anyway, here is a peach cake recipe (Ina Garten, thank you).
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large, ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar for 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, then the sour cream and vanilla, and mix until the batter is smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix just until combined. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon.
- Spread half of the batter evenly in the pan. Top with half of the peaches, then sprinkle with two-thirds of the sugar mixture. Spread the remaining batter on top, arrange the remaining peaches on top, and sprinkle with the remaining sugar mixture and the pecans.
- Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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