what i did on my summer vacation: day 1

cottage country in august is all about peaches! we made two stops on our way up - one was to romni goodwood to get some lovely yarn, and one was at a mennonite farm to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, free-range chicken and eggs, home-made pork sausages, and bread cooked in a wood-fired oven.

the first thing i baked from the old joy of cooking was a version of their "french apple cake," but made with peaches of course! forgot to take a picture, sadly. we ate it up quickly. but i do have a picture of the yummy yarn i bought at romni - cascade 220 superwash and timiquipa alpaca (along with some old knitpicks i'm working on, just because those mixed greens are so lovely together):

french peach cake (adapted from the joy of cooking)

3 - 5 peaches
2/3 cup sugar
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1 tbs cake flour
3 tbs butter

3 tbs butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
2 egg yolks
1 cup cake flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

butter an 8" or 9" cake pan and line with peeled and sliced peaches.

sprkinkle with sugar and nutmeg, lemon zest and juice, and flour; dot with butter.

beat together butter, milk, and egg yolks. sift remaining ingredients together and beat in (do not over beat!).

bake at 425f for 30 minutes or until nicely browned. allow to cool for no more than 5 minutes before turning out onto a platter.

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