Only six ingredients and you will have a comforting cake full of fresh nectarines or peaches and topped with a delicious egg-sugar layer.
A glorious summer morning today! I brought my daughter to the kindergarten taxi and just got home now. I can really hardly imagine a more beautiful summer morning. It has been raining last evening and night, so the temperature has dropped slightly, but although it is still warm and sunny the air smells so nice and has a fresh touch about it. My favorite hours during the hotter summer days!
They might not have such a big impact here in Germany, where it is rarely quite as hot as I remember it from home, but I know how I used to love this kind of summer mornings in Romania as well. The hours before the sun went up and it became unbearably hot, it felt like we were only able to breathe in the morning or in the evening when it got dark.
I kind of miss those kind of summer days, but I know that I have been gone for so long now, that I would not be able to bear that kind of heat anymore. I am already striking when the temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius/ 85 degrees Fahrenheit here…
Easy Fresh Peach or Nectarine Cake – Romanian Cake Recipe
But such hot summer days are perfect for enjoying today’s Fresh Peach or Nectarine Cake. Well, if you manage to turn on the oven… 🙂 And if you don’t manage to turn on the oven, here are some so-called refrigerator cakes:
This Easy Fresh Peach or Nectarine Cake is light, it can be eaten from the hand and although sweet and comforting in a cakey-kind of way, it is still fresh tasting and summery due to the many peaches or nectarines you dump on top of it. And like I have mentioned it above, this peach cake recipe only needs six ingredients, which makes it a super cheap recipe now when the peaches and the nectarines are so abundant.
How to make the Peach or Nectarine Cake:
This particular cake recipe uses fresh peaches or nectarines, but if you would like to make it sometime when fresh peaches are not available, feel free to use canned peaches as well. Or these low-sugar canned apricots, for instance. In case you make this Easy Fresh Peach or Nectarine Cake with canned fruit, you can skip the step where you bake the fruit without the topping.
I made the first layer of the peach cake in the food processor, but you could mix the ingredients with the hand mixer as well. The dough will be rather soft. Spreading the batter onto the baking dish is quite simple as well. Give the batter in small heaps to the baking dish and press it down either with a spoon or with your fingers. Flour the spoon or your fingers when you do that to reduce the stickiness.
The peaches and the nectarines tend to release quite a bit of juice during the baking process, that is why I bake the first layer of the cake for about 18 minutes first, the base should be nicely golden and almost done at this point. Sprinkling the first layer with some breadcrumbs before adding the fruit also helps against the soaking of the dough with too much juice.
Also, I prefer to use slightly unripe nectarines or peaches for making this Easy Fresh Peach or Nectarine Cake – Romanian Cake Recipe. They release less juice during the baking process and keep their shape better. And the fact that they are baked and served on a sweet cake will stop you from noticing that they were not quite ripe in the first place.
It should not be difficult to buy slightly unripe peaches or nectarines, I sometimes have the feeling you can only get them in that stadium.
This recipe has its origin in Sanda Marin’s Cookbook, which was first issued in 1936, so it is quite a vintage Romanian cake recipe, I would say. However, as it was usual during those times and later times as well to be honest, the recipe instructions for making this nectarine cake are very vague. The whole recipe is explained in about 10 sentences… an absolute nightmare!
What I’ve missed most were the instructions regarding the baking times, there are three different baking steps after all and it is quite difficult to guess when the first layer or the fruit is done and so on. So I have baked this cake three times already just to make sure, I got those times right. Nobody complained though, they all loved the cake, it was gone within one day every time.
And in case you would like to enjoy more summer cakes this July have a look at some of these recipes:
Fast forward to Juli 2018. I made this Easy Fresh Peach or Nectarine Cake – Romanian Cake Recipe again and took pictures of the different baking stages. I just wanted to say that the cake was gone in less than 5 minutes. I took it out of the oven, let it cool slightly and placed it still rather warm on the table. It was a battle… I have never seen a cake go so fast!
The only change I have made was to bake the base for 3 or 4 minutes longer than last summer. This way we had an amazingly crispy base topped with juicy nectarines and a soft and sweet batter. The perfect summer cake!
Easy Fresh Peach or Nectarine Cake - Romanian Cake RecipePrint This
- For the cake:
- 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ 1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons cold butter
- 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
- 650 g/ 23 oz peaches or nectarines, as needed to cover the cake (slightly underripe fruit is perfect)
- For the topping:
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking dish of approximately 21×32 cm/ 8×13 inch with baking paper.
Place the flour, cold butter, sugar, salt and egg in the food processor. Mix shortly until the dough comes together. The dough is pretty soft, but if you think it is too sticky add an extra tablespoon flour (but not more).
Place the dough in small heaps into the prepared baking dish. Press the dough evenly in the dish with your fingers (you can flour the fingers a bit first) or a floured spoon. Bake for about 18 minutes until golden brown and almost done.
In the meantime prepare the fruit. Stone the peaches or nectarines and quarter them. Halve the quarters to obtain rather thick slices.
Take the cake out of the oven, sprinkle it evenly with the breadcrumbs and arrange the peach or nectarine slices on top. Place back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. If using canned fruit, skip this step.
In the meantime separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Beat the egg yolks with the 3 tablespoons sugar. Add the flour to the egg yolk mixture and incorporate. Fold in the beaten egg whites.
Pour this mixture over the cake and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until golden brown and baked through.
Dust with icing sugar before serving.
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