Tuesday, August 14, 2012

a recipe for fresh peach cake

i have been making my vegan chocolate cake for years and first shared it with you in 2009.  i call it my "just happens to be vegan" cake because i realized it was vegan after the fact.  the goal was to make a cake that was delicious and healthy...so extra virgin olive oil was used instead of butter, balsamic vinegar substituted for eggs and fresh figs or shredded zucchini provided additional moistness.  this has become my "go to" cake...fast, easy (no mixer , a bundt pan versus layers) and relatively good for you.

recently i have been challenging myself to amp up the "healthy" component, while still keeping the "deliciousness" factor strong.  otherwise, why bother?  using whole grains and eliminating white or brown sugar has been the goal. sneaking in fruit or vegetables is an added bonus. 

this is "peach" week at food network's summerfest.  i decided to rework my beloved vegan recipe by making a vanilla cake and replacing the figs with peaches and coconut.  the chocolate version uses unbleached white flour and white cane sugar.  my revised one uses two whole grains that i love ...spelt flour and teff flour.  spelt flour predates wheat flour by 9000 years!  it is stone ground and very water soluble which helps ensure its vital nutrients are quickly absorbed by the body* (*info from bob's red mill).  while spelt flour is NOT gluten free and therefore not an option for those suffering from celiac disease, it is often a good option for individuals with gluten sensitivity.   according to bob's red mill, "teff flour is made from the smallest grain in the world.  compared to other grains, it has a much larger percentage of bran and germ so it is a very good source of dietary fiber, protein and iron" and it is gluten free. both are available in specialty shops like whole foods and the health food section of large grocery stores. i find that combining these two grains provides a bit of a nutty flavor with a lightness not found with whole wheat flour.

ok...enough of the health lesson...on to the cake.  what can i say except "really yummy".  the olive oil and the large pieces of peaches make this cake unbelievably moist. it is lightly sweetened with only one cup of coconut sugar in the entire cake.  the coconut adds a bit of crunch and packs a lot of flavor.  it is perfect for afternoon tea or after dinner.  (i confess, i sometimes eat it for breakfast ).  i like it plain, but if you are looking for a sweeter dessert, you can add another 1/2 cup of coconut sugar and frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting.  and if you want to bag the whole "healthy" premise...you can make it with unbleached flour and granulated cane sugar...  see, i am flexible  :)

fresh peach and coconut cake
3 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup teff flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
2 cups cold water
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp balsamic vinegar of modena
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups fresh peaches, cut into 1/4 inch pieces (i used 2 large peaches)
1/2 unsweetened dried and shredded coconut

preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease (use olive oil) a bundt pan and set aside. sift flours, salt and baking soda together into large mixing bowl. bowl. add the remaining ingredients one at a time stirring after each addition until just combined.  you can use a mixer but i just use a wooden spoon and do this by hand. do not over-mix. 

pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake 60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean. (begin checking after 45 minutes...do not over bake) remove from oven and allow to cool on rack until just slightly warm. remove from pan and allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.
 ** i like this as is, but you could frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting if desired. 

now it is your turn to participate in summerfest. simply leave your peaches tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below, and then go visit food network and do the same same. be sure to check out the delicious sounding recipes from the other participating bloggers:
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Peach Blackberry Arugula Salad
Cooking With Elise: Streusel Topped Peach Muffins With Peach Butter
Heather Christo Cooks: Peach Coconut Pancakes
Ingredients, Inc: Easy Peach Pie
From My Corner of Saratoga: Grilled Peaches With Caramel-Ginger Sauce and Pound Cake
Dishin & Dishes: Peach Lacquered Chicken Salad
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Easy Peach Limeade
Daily*Dishin: Caramelized Grilled Peaches
Delicious Lean: Smokey Peach Chipotle Grilled Chicken
Thursday Night Dinner: Peach Shortbread
Sweet Life Bake: Jicama Tortilla Salad With Peach Dressing
I Am Baker: Cilantro Peach Salsa
Zaika Zabardast: Donut Peach Quesadilla
And Love It Too: Peachy Coconut Streusel Muffins
Daydreamer Desserts: White Peach Margaritas
Cooking Channel: 4 Savory Uses for Peaches
Healthy Eats: What to do With Overripe Peaches
FN Dish: Peaches Move to the Big Kids' Table

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1 comment:

Jeanette said...

I love all the whole grain goodness in this cake - definitely could eat a slice for breakfast. Loving all these peach recipes!