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Amaretto Peach Bake with Honey-Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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peachcrunchRecipe from Dinner on the Grounds: Southern Suppers and Soirees
Photography by Emily Followill

Amaretto Peach Bake:

4 peaches, halved and pitted (peeled, if desired)
1 1/2 cups amaretto liqueur
2 dozen small amaretto cookies, crushed
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
Whipped cream, optional
Mint or basil for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place peaches in baking dish, pit side up. Fill each pit with a heaping tablespoon of cookies and top with 1 tablespoon butter.

Pour amaretto around peaches, making a vat of liqueur.

Cover loosely with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until peaches are completely soft.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Garnish with mint or basil. I love the essence the basil gives off with the warm peaches.

Farmer's Note: I like the keep the skin on because it helps the peaches hold together.

Honey-Lemon Olive Oil Cake

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (not low-fat)
2/3 cup olive oil
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon good vanilla
2 heaping tablespoons grated lemon zest (from 2 large lemons)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs lightly. Add yogurt, olive oil, honey, vanilla, lemon zest and juice, whisking till combined. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until just smooth and no lumps remain - but do not over whisk though.

Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, until a tester comes out clean (cover with foil if the top is getting too dark toward the end). Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from pan and let cool completely.

This cake will stay fresh for several days, well wrapped.

 

- Recipe courtesy of James T. Farmer III on his blog All Things Farmer

 

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