Tuesdays with Dorie: Dimply Peach Cake

September 23, 2008 at 5:49 am | Posted in breakfast things, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 49 Comments

dimply peach cake

Michelle of Bake-En selected Dorie’s Dimply Plum Cake for this week’s TWD.  I’ve read about this little breakfast cake all over the place, so I was really looking forward to trying it.  Unfortunately, stone fruits are not in season just yet here in Australia.  I had to take what I could get on this one, and what I could get were a couple of rock-hard peaches.  I stuck ’em in a paper bag and crossed my fingers that they’d ripen after a few days.

Well, they didn’t really ripen at all, and frankly I was surprised that I could even get the pits out, but I charged ahead with my out of season fruit anyway.  I went with one of Dorie’s “playing around” suggestions and added a few shredded basil leaves instead of citrus zest to the cake batter.  I kept in the cardamom, which is a spice I love, and added a pinch of cinnamon, too.  To try and help the crunchy peaches along a bit, I sprinkled each exposed half with sugar just before putting the cake in the oven, and then a couple more times during the baking process as well.

 dimply peach cake

Such a cute cake– I loved the fruity dimples, and the peach halves looked almost like hearts!  What I’ve hidden from you in these photos, though, is a little patch of raw batter left under each peach half.  Drat– I couldn’t get that part to cook through for the life of me!  In a flash of genius while taking these photos, I thought that if I flipped the individual slices upside-down on a baking sheet and stuck them under the broiler for a minute, I cook get the raw bits to firm up.  And it worked!  (That technique might get a little messy with a whole large cake.)  There was no time to take extra pics, however, as the coffee was good to go, and R was grumbling that breakfast was already taking too long.  

I made half a recipe and baked it in a standard-sized loaf pan.  Leftovers weren’t a problem, as R and I polished off the whole thing in one sitting!  The peaches did sweeten and soften nicely in the oven (I do think the sugar sprinklings helped), and I loved the warm, spicy cardamom flavor.  Although R was initially suspicious, the basil was a really nice touch, too…I should bake with herbs more often.

dimply peach cake

For the recipe, look in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (she also has it on Serious Eats) or read Bake-En.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll to see what over 250 other people had to say!


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  1. Here we have the plum and damson season, unfortunately we are not fond of those.

    Great looking cake and: It’s always good to bake with herbs.

  2. This looks so nice. Pity I don’t like peaches. But think i can make this with other fruits eh ?? Great photos

  3. Cute cake, indeed!!

  4. Great pictures of your dimply peach cake! I have had the same problem with peaches in some fresh peach muffins that I made recently… doughy batter right around where the peaches were. Maybe it’s a peach thing?

  5. Your photos are divine as usual!!

  6. I had exactly the same experience with raw batter underneath the fruit. I love the look of the peaches though, and want to try them myself sometime. I just like cooked peaches so much more than cooked plums (as it turns out!). Beautiful photos, too!

  7. Phew! As long as I’m not the only one who had gooey cake underneath my fruit, I don’t feel quite as bad 🙂 And your solution is fantastic. I chickened out on that herbs in baked goods thing, but I really should just try it sometime.

  8. The plums totally look like hearts. I am such a sucker for hearts. So glad you and R enjoyed it! Me and T ate ours in one sitting too. It was lovely for breakfast the next day. YUM!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  9. This looks so pretty and so delicious – I can’t wait to make mine tomorrow morning (am taking a sick day off work). Will try frozen cherries. We are also getting a bit low on summer fruits now.

  10. it looks delicious! great problem solving skills too 🙂

  11. Your cake looks wonderful. I used apples in mine and still had the gooey problem, so it’s not just peaches. I love the way the cake tastes, but I definitely need to make it again to work the bugs out.

  12. Looks great! The first time I made it, it tested fine and then underneath was all dough, all the time. I baked the heck out of the second one and it worked. Next time, I’m trying peaches like yours. Yours look fantastic!!

  13. Gorgeous job! Can’t wait to make mine tonight!

  14. Great pictures! I’d be skeptical about basil in it, but glad to hear it was delicious too. Looks amazing!

  15. Looks wonderful. I’ve never baked with cardamom, but I would like to try it in the future. And the basil sounds like an interesting addition for sure.

  16. I agree, a very cute cake. Yours looks delicious.

  17. Well, problems aside, your pictures look wonderful! I’m definitely trying this with peaches next time.

  18. Those rock hard peaches look pretty good to me…… I think just about any fruit could work here. but peach flavor is hard to beat!

  19. I haven’t seen any stone fruits around yet 😦 Unfortunately I decided to go with blueberries- big mistake! Your pictures look very appetizing though!

  20. I was just saying that I wanted to try it with peaches! I had some battery dough too!

  21. That looks amazing!! I agree about how difficult it was for the batter too cook through and I used slices! It’s a good thing the moisture from the peaches softened my cake up the next day. Either way, the flavour was amazing. I’ve never tried herbs in a cake before, I wonder what that tastes like?

  22. I wish I’d left the cardamom in when I made the peach variation. We couldn’t taste the basil enough. Your cake is lovely – great pics. Now I want more!

  23. Lovely – your photos are marvelous! I want to reach in and take a big bite!

  24. Nice looking cake. You did a great job improvising with the broiler.

  25. I love the way this cake. Even if your peaches were rock hard your cake looks delicious!

  26. Well, Lucky you… you got raw patches of dough, I guess a lot of us got too dry of a dough.
    Nevertheless, your pics are formidable as usual and… what we don’t see (or taste) can’t hurt us! LOL LOL LOL
    Great job! Perhaps it was even better with peaches, proof that necessity is mother of the best inventions!

  27. That looks delicious! I love that you put peaches in…i may have to try that next time!

  28. I love that you used peaches! They are a summer favorite! Your cake looks very tasty!

  29. the idea of this with peaches sounds amazing, steph!! your cake looks yummy. i used apples and cinnamon and did a 1/2 but i didn’t get enough for a loaf…late night baking sometimes gets sloppy hehee.

  30. Adorable 🙂

  31. Mmmm – I bet peaches would be wonderful!! It looks great!

  32. It looks lovely, I had the same problem with underbakedness in my nectarine one but no one seemed to mind because it was so good! Your pictures are so beautiful!

  33. It’s so fun to read people’s blog, who live in different countries. I was shocked to find out that stone fruit isn’t in season over there! Sometimes you just get in that mindset that everybody is living in the same “season” as you 😉 But your cake looks scrumptious! Maybe in the summertime you’ll have to revisit the recipe and tryout the other fruits :0)

  34. I love your peach cake. It looks fabulous! I had to bake mine longer than the recipe suggested, but I thought that might have been because I added a streusel topping.

  35. Peaches work! And great looking photos of the cake! Good job as always. I did cherries instead. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  36. It looks great.

    I ended up using applies.

  37. Love peaches. I may try that next time!

  38. Yum your peach version looks divine! 🙂

  39. Cake looks tasty to me. Great job!

  40. adorable!!

  41. Oh how the family must suffer waiting for us to get “the shot!” The basil/cardamom combo sounds nice.

  42. As always a terrific entry, photo and twist on the cake. Next time peaches it is.

  43. Looks delicious 🙂

  44. Great idea-my broiler bails me out all the time! Your pics are lovely and what great flavors you have going on.

  45. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

  46. Oooh! Your cake looks beautiful! Perfectly dimply! I’ll bet the peaches were wonderful. I used nectarines and I loved them.

  47. Wow, your little pieces of cake look perfect! Great job! 🙂 Nice trick putting it under the broiler, too. I’ll have to remember that!

  48. Great pictures! I used plums, but will probably use a different fruit next time. I’m glad to hear that this recipe worked well halved!

  49. That does look like a good breakfast, much better than the bowl of cold Life cereal I am having while reading this.

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