Simple fare and a great peach cake

Posted on October 2, 2008 by Aun

As I mentioned in my previous post, S and I have just moved into a new house. You can’t imagine just how happy we are with our new place. The house itself is a project that was two years in the making — starting with purchasing a small one-story intermediate terrace house; tearing it down; working with a brilliant but fussy architect to design a New York inspired redbrick townhouse in Singapore; months spent negotiating with contractors to work within the tiny budget that we had set aside for the build; and then finally, patiently waiting and watching over the actual build for the last 13 months.

As you might imagine, we allocated a pretty healthy space for our kitchen. I’ll devote a future post to photographing the kitchen and telling you guys and gals all about it but suffice it to say, it’s pretty darned impressive. S was in charge of both space planning and choosing our appliances. She did an amazing job… well, to be accurate, she put us in some serious debt, but it looks amazing. And since moving in last month, we’ve been having a ball entertaining again.

To our amusement, we’re also not the only ones itching to give our new kitchen a whirl. Recently, some friends of ours volunteered to come over and cook us dinner. And since one of them is one helluva cook, we happily turned over our tongs and let him have full run of the place.

B and his hottie gal-pal L prepared an amazing meal. B claimed it was “something simple”, the dishes, he said, were just whipped together last minute using ingredients he just happened to have lying around. I’m not sure about you, but even I don’t have truffles, chanterelles and grade 9 Wagyu just sitting around in my larder. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what B pulled out of the trendy leather man bag that he toted into our house.

Dinner was wonderful. We started with spaghetti with fresh chanterelles and a heavy and heady dose of summer truffles. Our main course was a seared then roasted grade 9 Wagyu beef served with a tomato and basil salad. The beef was beautifully marbled and tasted sensational. We washed the food down with a Quintarelli Rosso Del Bepi followed by an Iggy’s Pinot Noir. Both wines were perfect matches for the food.

Since B made such an amazing meal, it was only right that we made dessert. We had been given some gorgeous, large and really aromatic peaches by some other friends. While we had devoured a few au naturel, we also kept some to use in desserts. To end of the meal, we made a Buttermilk Peach Coffee Cake, using a recipe from Tish Boyle’s The Cake Book. This is a fantastic recipe. It’s relatively easy and the cake is perfect both as a chic dessert, a hearty breakfast or for snacking on at any time of the day.

We’ve included the recipe for the cake below. I hope you give it a try. And if you like it, you should buy Boyle’s book. It’s chock full of delicious recipes.

Buttermilk Peach Coffee Cake
From The Cake Book by Tish Boyle

Crumb topping and filling:
1 cup (121g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (108g) firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 (57g) unblanched sliced almonds
7 tablespoons (100g) unsalted butter, salted

Buttermilk peach cake:
2 cups (242g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 (170g) unsalted butter, softened
1.25 cups (250g) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup (180ml) buttermilk
1 heaping cup 1/4 inch thick fresh or frozen peach slices

First make the topping and filling: In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and almonds until well blended. Add the melted butter and mix with a fork, stirring until the butter is absorbed and the dry ingredients are uniformly moistened. Set aside.

Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Dust the pan with flour.

Then make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well-blended; set aside.

In a bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs and egg yolk one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the vanilla and almond extract. At low speed, beat in the flour mixture in three additions, alternating it with the buttermilk in two additions.

Scrape half the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a small offset metal spatula. Sprinkle half of the crumb topping evenly over the batter, breaking up any large lumps with your fingers. Arrange a circle of peach slices, overlapping them slightly, around the outer edge of the pan. Arrange another circle of the remaining slices in the centre. Spoon the remaining batter over the filling and smooth it into an even layer, covering the folling. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top of the cake.

Bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover the cake with foil during the last 15 minutes of baking if it is getting too brown. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

Remove the side of the pan and cool the cake completely.

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Jandi Small October 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Mmmmmm…I almost licked my monitor! Gorgeous dinner and scumptious dessert…I’ll be making that cake this afternoon, but with fresh nectarines instead. Congrats on your new home. LOVE your blog.

  2. Mei October 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    umm delish – wagyu beef over here costs a slight fortune! looking forward to pictures of your new kitchen – i am certain you won’t disappoint

  3. LouAnn October 2, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Hi, Congrats on the new digs. I am curious what you considered essential for your new kitchen aside from space (always important).

  4. Haley October 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Congrats on moving into your new home! I’m sure it was worth the wait! This peach coffee cake looks amazing!! my mouth is watering!

    We would like to feature your yummy cake on our blog! If interested email haleyglasco@gmail.com Thanks!

  5. Dennis October 4, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Hi! Can you recommend what kind of appliances you put in your new kitchen?

  6. mazza October 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    new home is very special thing….wow…..great that you and your blog are back…..missed and was worried as i liked it so much,now i,m happy too

  7. sooishi October 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    hello, happy to read you again!
    You have such good friends, the meal look divine…
    Is it possible to add an RSS flux in your website?
    it would be much appreciated

    A bientôt

  8. Sherine October 4, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Aun, congrats on your new home. No wonder the blog was stuck with Forlino for months :) We look forward to your post on the kitchen and bet the papers would be featuring it in no time too.

  9. Kitt October 5, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Boy, I need more friends like that! Well, I need ANY friends like that. What a feast.

    Congrats on the new house. Can’t wait to see the kitchen.

  10. mywoklife October 12, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    wow… looks like a lot of work neh

  11. Darlyn Brown June 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Nice peach coffee cake recipe you got here..but it’s the grade 9 Wagyu beef that caught my attention. Wish you could feature how you cooked those delicious beef slices as I am into collecting 101 ways to enjoy wagyu beef. Cheers!

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