Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nectarine Cake


It was definitely a busy summer for me with a flurry of activities. Although I enjoy fall, I am a bit sad that summer days are over. Once again, it is time to bid farewell to hot summer days, lemonade stands, and beach parties. The past few days have been gloomy, chilly, and dark, marking the beginning of fall. Sweat pants and sweaters days are here to stay. Hopefully we will get some Indian summers before we dive into deep freeze.

As we transition into fall, I find myself craving for summer cake. A simple nectarine cake fits the bill as it is quick and easy to prepare. This cake is commonly made with apples but it’s also made with stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and plums. And as nectarines ripen towards the end of summer, this is one last cake to say goodbye to summer days!

My mother makes the best nectarine cake. Big chunks of nectarine nestle into a moist light cake. The cake gets better the second day, when the nectarines juices seep further into the cake. I love the last taste of summer with these juicy fragrant nectarines, and now that summer has ended, I wanted to use those ripen summer fruits in a cake and savor it with a cup of coffee on those chilly morning days. So here’s one last summer cake… enjoy!


Ingredients: 
3 medium ripe nectarines, cut into cubes
1 cup 1 1/2 Tbsp (250 g) butter, at room temperature
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup (200g) sugar 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, at room temperature
2 cups (250 g) flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Grease a 24 cm (9 1/2 inch) spring pan.
Beat butter and sugar together until very fluffy and white, about 4 minutes. Mix in the eggs slowly, one egg at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and lemon zest.

In another bowl sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Add the flour mixture slowly to the egg mixture. Don't over mix. Fold in nectarines with a spatula.

Pour batter in the pan and level the top. Bake for about 50-60 min or until a tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


Gâteau aux nectarines

Ingrédients: 
3 nectarines mûres de taille moyenne, coupées en cubes
250 g de beurre à température ambiante
zeste d'un citron
200g de sucre
1/4 càc d'extrait de vanille
4 œufs, à température ambiante
250g de farine
1/2 càc de levure chimique
une pincée de sel



Préchauffez le four à 180ºC. Beurrez un moule de 24 cm.
Battez le beurre avec le sucre environ 4 mn. Ajoutez les œufs, un à un en battant après chaque ajoût. Ajoutez l'extrait de vanille et le zeste de citron.

Dans un saladier, tamisez la farine, le sel et la levure chimique. Ajoutez le mélange aux œufs et mélangez délicatement. Ajoutez les nectarines.

Versez la préparation dans le moule. Enfournez 50 à 60 mn ou jusqu'à ce qu'un cure-dent inséré ressorte propre.

Saupoudrez de sucre glace avant de servir.


11 comments:

  1. A delicious looking cake! Perfect with a scoop of ice cream.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. This looks delish! Moist crumb and loaded with fresh fruit.

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  3. What a wonderful cake for an afternoon snack or special Sunday dinner. I would love to try this recipe. Thanks ;)

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  4. Delightful, Chicho. Nectarines are soo pretty and fragrant right now.

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  5. I love the look of this cake... such a soft, pretty yellow inside. I wish I could have a giant slice right about now!

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  6. I love cake that include fresh fruits in the batter; I would probably add even more of these nectarines and others...

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  7. I made this and it was delicious! I used the peaches I picked and canned this summer. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Your cake is gorgeous, Cherine, because, at least for me (and I think for you too) , it embodies our childhood memories..Nothing beats that..Not even the best Lenôtre gâteau....

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  9. Un régal ce cake aux nectarines!
    Il a une belle texture moelleuse, j'aime!

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  10. This looks absolutely gorgeous, I'm going to try and make it but I'm sure it won't come out looking as nice as yours! I love the idea of nectarine.

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