Welcome to Tasty Tuesday at Things To Do In New Jersey!
Wow! It’s September – how did THAT happen? Summer in New Jersey has flown by and now we’re all starting to think of fall – back to school, football games, and all those great fall festivals that we enjoy here in New Jersey. But we still have some great late summer fruits and veggies being produced on New Jersey farms, including some fantastic Jersey Fresh peaches (check out this post if you want to pick your own peaches)!
I think I had the best peaches I’ve had all season the other day, just at the peak of ripeness and sooo juicy!!! For a special treat, I took a few of them and sliced them up and made this Old-Fashioned Peach Kuchen (kuchen is German for cake). This is a very simple cake to mix up and bake. The cake itself is not too sweet, it’s just right for letting the natural sweetness of the peaches shine through. You don’t even have to peel the peaches! Here’s the recipe – hurry and give it a try before those Jersey peaches disappear until next year!
Old-Fashioned Peach Kuchen
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup vegetable shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
4 large fresh peaches, cut into slices
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan and set aside.
Sift together the first four ingredients (don’t let the sifter thing intimidate you – I just use a whisk and it gets all the lumps out). Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or an electric mixer until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal. Add the egg and milk; mix until blended.
Pour the batter (it will be thick – spread into all the corners) into the greased baking pan. Cover the batter with the peach slices, overlapping them slightly. Sprinkle the peaches with a mixture of the 2 Tbsp. of sugar and cinnamon.
Bake in 350° F oven for approximately 35 minutes.