Peach Torte

I first tasted this lovely torte at my friend Flora's house.  It's a recipe that has been around for ages and was originally made with Italian prune plums cut in half.  I have changed it a bit, replacing some of the flour with almond flour, adding almond extract and using sliced peaches in place of the plums.  Of course the original is good too!  You can also use any plum, sliced, or pears.  In the winter, I have used canned apricot halves well drained and placed on paper towels to dry further.

Note: If you cannot find almond flour, simply place 1/4 cup of sliced almonds in a food processor with the sugar and process until finely ground. Otherwise, just use an additional 1/4 cup of plain flour.  I particularly like the texture the almond flour gives.

¾ cup (145g)  plus 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar
1 stick (112g) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (120g) unbleached flour   
¼ cup (20g) almond flour       
1 teaspoon (5g) baking powder          
2 eggs
1 teaspoon (5g) almond extract
Pinch of salt
2 or 3 ripe peaches
sliced almonds

Arrange a rack in the lower third of the oven.  Preheat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl, cream the ¾ cup sugar and butter.

Add the flour, almond flour, baking powder, eggs, and salt and beat to mix well. Place in a 9  ungreased cake pan lined with parchment paper.  Cover the top with the sliced peaches.

Mix the sliced almonds with the remaining 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar and sprinkle over the top.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the center tests done with a toothpick.  Remove and cool to room temperature or serve warm.  Serve plain or with vanilla ice cream.

Note:  Cake freezes well.  To serve, return to room temperature and reheat at 300° until  warm.

Variations:  I have made this with Italian plums cut in half or regular plums cut in quarters omitting the sliced almonds and substituting a teaspoon of cinnamon.  Canned apricots very well drained also work as do canned pears. This recipe will also make two 6” cakes.


1 comment:

  1. thebrahify
    Comment on your video: Peach Torte (Betty's Kitchen Fare) How to make
    Betty, it warms my heart to watch your videos. When I see a new one I'm overcome with joy. This is such an amazing, delicious looking torte! You are quite the home cook! I hope to try this is out very soon, thank you for posting and I can't wait until your next video.