Sir Gawain's cake w/peaches? (today!)
Hubby's bday TODAYand he's asked me to surprise him. I have some wonderful firm but ready peaches. Think they'd work, cut into chunks? Any special flavoring? I was thinking of some almond extract. Does anyone use spirits to flavor these cakes?
I've never made the Sir Gawain cake, but I have made the galleygirl tart multiple times. What I remember from the chatter about these two great creations is that the cake does better with berries, and the tart better with things with more juice--pears, and I would guess peaches. I make the galleygirl tart with jarred sour cherries, and add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract every time.
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Peach Melba whenever I can - Good quality vanilla ice cream, fresh peaches and a good raspberry sauce. Top on the cakes soaked in a little almond syrup. Then whip cream them YUM!
I did it with apricot halves and raspberries, all just sort of dotted around the top. Cooking really brought out the flavor of the apricots. I'd think that you could use large chunks (think quarters) of peach. Don't know why it would have been too soggy; if you sprinkle the sugar over the fruit I'd think you would get a nice crust.
That's a good cake. Nectarines layered on the bottom, blueberries pressed lightly into the batter--and a dusting of organic sugar at the end. It was alike a right-side up upside-down cake.