Saturday, May 24, 2014

A peachy cake and contest

Here's a  peachy idea and a comment contest from Victoria Abbott  (aka Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini)

A peachy little cake and a contest

We admit peaches are not in season here in this part of Canada yet.  None of our local fruit is.  We have to accept that. But for the Victoria Day weekend we had a little party outdoors with the grill and felt that a cake with some fruit would be just the ticket.  This little cake is a bit like a pound cake, a bit dense.  The lime syrup gives it some real zing.   

The peaches in our market seemed to be made of rock, so we used frozen peaches, just thawed, and blueberries.  Both times we made the cake (Mother’s Day and Victoria Day) it didn’t last long.  We look forward to trying it again in peach season.  It will be a regular at our table! 

You will need:

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
3 eggs at room temperature
3 tablespoons milk
Zest of two small limes
2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp icing sugar
3 peaches unpeeled, but sliced or 1 cup frozen peach slices and ½ cup fresh blueberries

Here's how to make it! 

Preheat the oven to 350 F

Butter an 8-in round pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.  

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Cream butter with ¾ cup sugar at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk, lime zest and vanilla. Reduce speed to lowest and beat in flour mix until just blended. 
Transfer batter to pan and smooth top.

Bake in center of oven 30 – 35 minutes until a tester comes out clean. 

Boil the lime juice with 2 tablespoons of sugar until sugar is dissolved.  Cool slightly. 

Let cake rest for about 15 minutes and transfer to a rack (remove parchment first) Brush top with the lime syrup. It may not take the whole amount. 

Cool completely. 

Whip the cream with the icing sugar (and a bit of vanilla if you like) until you have soft peaks.
Just before serving slather cream on cake.  Top with peaches and blueberries. Or you could use strawberries - lots of options! 

 Help us celebrate!

Something else we think is just peachy is the approaching release of The Wolfe Widow, book three in our book collector series.

    Pre-order it here!

 We're celebrating with a draw for this Wolfe Widow mug.  All you have to do is leave a comment here!

Walter the Pug looks great on the cover. He's a dead ringer for Peachy, seen here in her tutu, dressed to kill for the launch of The Sayers Swindle.

 Come over and friend Victoria Abbott on Facebook
Tell  her  you love the pug!
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