Peaches vs. Necatrines

peaches3Are you a peach person or a nectarine person? I’ve always perceived myself as the latter one. Though I have grown up in a house with garden with 10 or so peach trees of different varieties, they have never been my favourits. Definitely  I was more keen on huge plums, golden inside and sweet as honey. And nectarines, but those I had chance to eat only when on holidays in France with my parents – believe me, 20 or even 15 years ago nectarines were hardly to be found in Poland. I like their „bold” furry less skins and crunchy, still hard center. My best are the white nectarines, not so popular yet beautiful with pink blush inside and delicate flavour. Now they are nearly as popular as peaches so I devour on them as much as I can.

Yet, despite my nectarine orientation, yesterday I have bought some peaches. Nice looking ones, rather big, still hard with orange-pink skin and deep yellow center. I bought them …well, I don’t know exactly why but I knew that I can use them to something delicious. For example – late summer, buttery cake with oatmeal and vanilla.


3 big peaches, still hard
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup oats
100 g butter
1/2 vanilla pod
150 g brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

Grease 20 cm in diameter spring form and sprinkle with crumbs. Wash peaches and cut them on half, than again and again to receive 8 pieces from one fruit. Beat the butter with sugar, add vanilla beans removed from the pod. Add one egg after one, mixing the batter simultaneously . Sift in flour and other dry ingredients, mix well and pour the batter into the prepared form (if it’s to dry you can ad some 2-3 spoons of yogurth). Top with peaches and bake in 180 degrees Celsius for 45-50 minutes.



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